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DuJuan Harris

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No. 20 Minnesota Vikings
Position: Running back / Kickoff returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-09-03) September 3, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Brooksville, Florida
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Career information
High school: Brooksville (FL) Central
College: Troy
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career Template:If empty statistics as of 2014
Rushing yards: 263
Rushing average: 4.5
Rushing Touchdowns: 2
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DuJuan LaTroy Harris (born September 3, 1988) is an American football running back and kickoff returner for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Troy.

Early years

Harris attended Central High School in Brooksville, Florida, where he was an honor student. For his sophomore season efforts, he was named second team All-Area. As a junior, he was a first team All-District, All-Area and All-Region pick. As a senior, he helped lead his high school football team to a District Championship, earning first team All-District, All-Area and All-Region. During his career, he recorded 3,000 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns. He holds the county record for the most yards in a single game with 363 yards and five touchdowns.

Harris also lettered in track & field at Central and was named All-State, All-Region, All-District and team MVP. He was a three-time state qualifier and medalist, having won gold medals in the 100-meter dash (10.68s) and 200-meter dash (21.97s) at the 2007 Regional Meet,[1] as well as the long jump (24-4 or 7.42m) and triple jump (47-1 or 14.36m) at the Outdoor State Meet.[2] Also a letterman in weightlifting, Harris was named All-State, All-Region and All-District and even qualified for the state meet in the 183-pound class.[3]

College career

As a freshman in 2007, Harris saw action in all 12 games as a backup running back, finishing as the teams' third leading rusher, with 82 carries for 372 yards with just two fumbles during the season, losing one. He also had five receptions for 29 yards during the season. His best performance came against Middle Tennessee when he rushed for 57 yards on 11 carries. He had six kickoff returns for 144 yards, including two for 66 yards against Arkansas.

As a sophomore in 2008, Harris was named to the second team All-Sun Belt squad, and finished as the Sun Belt's fourth leading rusher. He finished ranked 51st in the nation and is just the fifth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. In his best outing, a head-to-head showdown with the Sun Belt's all-time leading rusher Tyrell Fenroy, Harris dominated with a career-high 235 yards on the ground while Fenroy was held to just 23. He was named Troy's offensive player of the week three times and was the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Louisiana Monroe when he rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for more than 100 yards in a game four times, including 148 yards and two scores against Middle Tennessee to go with a touchdown reception. He finished the season ranked fifth in the league, and 91st in the nation, in all-purpose yards, while also ranking fifth in the league in scoring.

As a junior in 2009, Harris was voted Preseason All-Sun Belt by coaches and media. He owned the highest vertical leap (41.5 inches) and fastest 40-yard dash time (4.37s) on Troy's team. He finished the season as Troy's second-leading rusher with 583 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had his best game of the season in a national spotlight with 112 yards and two scores on the ground against Central Michigan in the 2010 GMAC Bowl.

As a senior in 2010, Harris rushed for 603 yards on 97 carries (a 6.0 yards-per-carry average) and 9 touchdowns.

Professional career

Harris was not invited to perform at the 2011 NFL Combine, but performed well at the Pro Day.

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Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 7 in 197 lb 4.44 s 1.44 s 2.58 s 4.35 s 7.15 s 38.5 in 10 ft 0 in 27 reps

Jacksonville Jaguars

Harris was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He was released on August 25, 2012.

Pittsburgh Steelers

On August 27, 2012, Harris was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers and later released on August 31.

Green Bay Packers

On October 24, 2012, Harris was signed to the Green Bay Packers' practice squad. Prior to being signed, he spent one week as a car salesman at a Jacksonville Zimbrick - Honda.[5] On December 1, 2012, Harris was signed to the Packers' active roster.[6] He scored his first NFL touchdown on December 9 in a 27-20 win over the Detroit Lions. On January 5, 2013 in the NFC Wild Card game against the Vikings Harris totaled 100 yards in rushing and receiving with a touchdown as the Packers went on to win 24-10. In the NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Harris carried the ball 11 times, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown. He added 2 receptions for 11 yards.

On August 27, 2013 it was announced that Harris would miss the entire 2013 football season with a knee injury.[7]

On March 10, 2015 The agent for running back DuJuan Harris says the Green Bay Packers have declind to extend a qualifying tender offer to the restricted free agent and he will be released from the team.[8]

Minnesota Vikings

On March 19, 2015 Harris signed a one-year, $660,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings.[9]

Career statistics


Season Team Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2011 Jacksonville Jaguars 5 0 9 42 4.7 24 0 1 4 4 4 0
2012 Green Bay Packers 4 2 34 157 4.6 21 2 2 17 8.5 11 0
2014 Green Bay Packers 15 0 16 64 4 12 0 1 4 4 4 0
Total 24 2 59 263 4.5 24 2 4 32 8 11 0


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