Jer-ryan Harris has added All-American to his list of accomplishments.
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff linebacker who just completed a standout, four-year career was named to the Heritage Sports Radio Network All-American Football Team, the network announced Sunday. The honor comes 30 days after the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder from Memphis was named the SWAC’s Defensive Player of the Year.
UAPB coach Monte Coleman said Harris has played consistently since his freshman year, when he made 129 tackles and won the SWAC Freshman of the Year award. He led the conference this past season with 107 tackles, 56 of them solo, and finished sixth in the Football Championship Subdivision with 10.7 tackles per game.
“I’m very happy for him,” Coleman said. “He runs to the football. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. This is great for us as a football program and it lets everyone know that with hard work we can achieve all of our goals.”
In other UAPB football news, Coleman said he started advertising for his vacant offensive coordinator position Sunday. Coleman confirmed last month Eric Dooley resigned to take the same position at Grambling State after three years with the Golden Lions.
Coleman said he hopes to have Dooley’s successor named in a few weeks.
He did not mention, however, the search for a new linebackers coach. Earl Buckingham was fired from that position last month.
The Lions have not yet landed any transfers for the spring semester. Coleman said the players he recruited have not yet met the NCAA’s new junior-college transfer requirement of a 2.5 grade-point average.
National Signing Day for high school seniors is Feb. 5.