Demonstrates a good first step and above-average top-end speed, but lacks an elite second gear to his game. Has the ability to reach the edge and quickly press space but isn’t going to outrun angles in the open field. Exhibits only average feel and vision inside. Is at his best making defenders miss and accelerating toward daylight, but at times will slow his feet trying to decipher information and get caught up going east/west behind the line. Works his legs hard and does a nice job slithering his way through seams but isn’t the most instinctive of runners reading blocks and picking his way through traffic.
Can catch the football out of the backfield, but lets too many throws get into his frame and doesn’t look real natural overall as a receiver. Understands blitz pick-up and routinely puts himself in good position on contact. However, lacks ideal size and can be overwhelmed on contact.
Impression: I like his wiggle, compact build and ability to accelerate into space. Offers enough to potentially get himself into a camp and fight for a roster spot."
Positive: Undersized yet aggressive ball carrier with a complete game. Physical back who plays bigger than his listed size and displays the ability to break tackles and pick up yardage off initial contact. Works runs and falls forward when tackled. Can get to the outside and turn the corner. Displays good quickness. Solid receiver and effectively makes the reception in stride.
Negative: Not a back who creates yardage. Never built upon what was a terrific sophomore season.
Analysis: Harris was a productive player at Troy, and though he lacks great size for the next level, he has enough versatility to be given looks as a third-down back/situational ball carrier."
Harris was a 1,000 yard back a couple years ago but the Trojans like to take a committee approach to rushing the ball so he was never able to reach that milestone again.
2009: Voted Preseason All-Sun Belt by coaches and media … Finished the season as Troy's second-leading rusher with 583 yards and 10 touchdowns …2008: Named to the second team All-Sun Belt ... Finished as the Sun Belt's fourth leading rusher...Finished ranked 51st in the nation and is just the fifth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season ... Is a multiple threat weapon for the Trojans, having recorded at least one reception in every game and even throwing for a score against ULL ... Finish the season ranked fifth in the league, and 91st in the nation, in all-purpose yards ...2007: Saw action in all 12 games as a backup running back ... Finished as the teams'
Strengths: Quick, decisive, powerful, with good balance and burst Harris runs bigger than he measures. He has solid hands and some return ability.
Weaknesses: He lacks the size and power to be an every down back for most teams but zone blocking teams like Washington and the Texans may consider him late in the draft. He is not quite the big play threat that Sproles or Jones-Drew is.
Projection: He is not quite as explosive as Jones-Drew, but is quicker than Joe Morris. He reminds me a bit of Ricky Ervins. He'll need to prove he can contribute on special teams and as a 3rd down back to be selected."
DuJuan Harris brings a very intriguing set of skills to the table. His Processing Speed is sub par, which is a major Red Flag in my book, nor is he the greatest Navigator. Even so, he's got a powerfull initial Burst, excellent and, most critically, an exceptionally powerfull Speed,Core, which allows him to him to burst out of breaks with outstanding Torque, Fluidity, and Lateral Velocity. And for a little guy, he is a LOAD to bring down!!
His height is a disadvantage as a Blocker, though his effort helps, and he's a mediocre Receiver, right now.
Even so, his ability to tear back and forth all over the field make him a potentially powerfull Weapon...one who will almost certainly not be drafted!!
In my efforts to organize RB's by their styles, I've invented the terms "Smashers", "Slashers", + "Thrashers" as what I hope will be easy references, respectively, to Power Backs, 3rd Down Backs, and Hybrids.
At his size, DuJuan Harris is clearly a Slasher. But his Skill Set is such that he could quite possibly spend the vast majority of his time running Between the Tackles.
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