USF Preseason '08: Bulls DT Aaron Harris

USF defenive tackle Aaron Harris has been a rising star on the D-line, and the Bulls are counting on Harris to be an impact again this year. Read this exclusive interview and find out what he's worked on to get better, being a leader, and the D-lines ambitious goal for 2008. Only on Get it First Get it fast!

Besides George Selvie, there might not be any other player that' had a bigger impact on the D-line then Aaron Harris. The rising junior defensive tackle finished with 24 tackles with 9.5 for a loss and was second on the Bulls with 5.5 sacks. Aaron started all but the last two games because of an ankle injury, and has 16 career starts, and the staff is counting on Harris to be an impact again this year. The player that teammates call ‘Sleep' had a great off-season, and doesn't plan on disappointing them.


What‘s it like going into your junior season as a Bull?

"We got a lot of new cats, and we got a lot of leaders. We got a lot of people that are working, and we got a lot of people who aren't working."


What are you striving for this season?

"Our goal this year is to be not only the best D-line in the Big East, but the best D-line in the nation."


How is it working with first year coach Kevin Patrick?

"It's nice because we got a different style of coach, and he gets on us more. It's how I tell everybody, Coach Patrick is hard on people, especially the freshmen, but at the end of the day he does it because he loves us, and wants us to be better."


How does he help motivate the unit?

"He wants us to work hard and wants to be at a championship place. That's all he talks about is being a championship place. Be a champion, practice like a champion."


Are you helping Selvie by taking a leadership role on the defensive line?

"I'm not much of a verbal leader, so George and I were talking and he came up with the idea of writing our goals for 2008 down on a piece of paper. That was one of my goals, to be more of a leader. I'm not a very vocal kid and don't talk that much, I'm a country kid, but I'm trying to set an example."


What kind of changes have you made in yourself this off-season?

"I try to discipline my self even more. I'm never late, and am always on time, but more of a discipline to myself. Go with the coaches. Listen to the coaches and do exactly what they say."


Have you made any physical changes?

"I'm a little stronger, a little quicker, and I gained a little weight and I'm at 270. Coach Mac has done a great job with me, and everybody, the whole team. We made more improvement then ever. It was a record year."


Do you have any goals for the season?

"My main goal is to be a better man on and off the field. Of course, as a D-line I want us to be atop the Big East, and possibly at the top of the nation. We want to win the Big East and more. That's what we're working for."




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