#57 LB Nigel Harris
Senior, 6'0", 231 lbs.
2015 Stats: Harris played in 11 games and started 10, shifting from an inside to an outside linebacker. The move cut into his stats, but he still recorded 42 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks, including a huge sack on a fourth down against UConn to stop a late Huskies drive. He intercepted Brandon Doughty in the Miami Beach Bowl, and forced a fumble against UConn, although he did commit a face mask penalty in the process.
Position on Depth Chart: Harris is again the starting weakside or WILL linebacker.
How He Came To USF: Nigel played linebacker, running back, and punter (yes, punter) at Hillsborough High School in Tampa. He was a Class 6A all-state player in 2012, helping the Terriers reach the state playoffs for the third straight year. Nigel made 301 tackles in his Hillsborough career, along with three sacks, an interception, and three fumble recoveries. Harris had a number of offers, but when Willie Taggart and his staff took over, the Bulls were able to close the deal. He committed to USF in January 2013.
Recruiting Rankings: Harris was a three-star recruit according to 247, Scout, and Rivals.
Projected Playing Time: Harris has missed a couple games here and there (including a suspension last year), but it hasn't affected his spot on the depth chart. If he's healthy and available, he'll play.
Did You Know: Harris holds the USF record for most forced fumbles in a season. He caused six of them in 2014, which led the NCAA on a per-game basis (he played 11 games for a 0.55 fumble per game average). He's only one forced fumble away from tying George Selvie's career record of nine.