The John Mackey Award, presented annually to the nation's best tight end, was originally named after the Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. This year's award ceremony is set for December.
Harris, a graduate of Southern Regional HS in New Jersey, played in all of Rutgers' 11 games this past year, recording multiple receptions each performance. A 1st Team All-Big East performer in 2004, Harris ranked second nationally in both catches and yards among tight ends. Adding to his already impressive resume, Harris ranked fifth overall in the conference in catches/game (4.73) and fifth in yards/game (65.9).
Harris, an academic senior this upcoming fall will have one year of eligibility left after 2005.
Among the 2005 John Mackey Award Preseason Candidates Harris and Erik Gill (Sr. - Pittsburgh) were the lone Big east Conference representatives.