Maurice Harris
Maurice Harris

Position:
Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator For Offense

Alma Mater:
Arkansas State, 1998


02/12/2013

Rebel Assistant Coaches Reel In National Honors

Kiffin, McGriff, Harris Recognized Nationally For Recruiting Efforts

02/06/2013

Hugh Freeze Press Conference: NSD13

Rebels Land Top-10 Signing Class

02/01/2012

Hugh Freeze Press Conference: NSD12

Rebels Land Three Under Armour All-Americans

12/19/2011

Watch New Rebel Fooball Staff Members on RebelVision

Press Conference Set For 10:30AM

Maurice Harris returned to Ole Miss with Hugh Freeze as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for offense on Dec. 8, 2011. This marks Harris' second stop at Ole Miss as he served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Internal Football Operations for the Rebels in 2006.

With uncertainty at the tight end position entering the 2013 season, Harris helped turn the question mark into an exclamation point with the play of freshman Evan Engram.

Before going down with an ankle injury, Engram turned in one of the best seasons ever by a freshman receiver with 20 catches for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Despite missing half the season, he was honored by the AP with second team All-SEC honors, becoming one of the first two true freshmen in school history to be named All-SEC.

In 2012, Harris worked to improve the tight ends unit, which recorded a combined 313 receiving yards, along with four touchdowns. They also provided blocking for a vastly improved Rebel offense that finished top five in the SEC and top 50 in the nation in scoring, total yards and passing yards.

His efforts on the recruiting trail have helped Ole Miss land back-to-back top-15 signing classes, including the 2013 haul that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation by 247Sports. Harris was tabbed one of the top 50 recruiters in the nation by that media outlet in 2013.

In 2011, Harris was part of an Arkansas State offense that led the Sun Belt conference in total offense (447.85 ypg) and scoring (32.46 ppg). His tight ends unit also helped an A-State rushing attack that ranked second in the conference in yards (154.23 ypg).

During his time in Jonesboro, Harris coached All-Sun Belt Conference selections David Johnson, who was also drafted by the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, and J.T. Jordan. Harris also helped develop Kedric Murry into a starting tight end for the Red Wolves as just a redshirt freshman in 2009, and Trevor Gillott ranked third on the team in receptions and set individual career-best marks last season under his watch.

Murry continued to develop under Harris, recording career-high numbers for both receptions and touchdowns as a sophomore in 2010. Harris also mentored Jeff Blake as he made the move from fullback to tight end for his senior season last year. Blake became a big factor in ASU's blocking attack that helped ASU post a school-record 4,481 yards.

During Harris' first two seasons, the tight ends were responsible for 90 receptions for 1,166 yards and 12 touchdowns.

His 2009 tight ends corps helped lead the way for 21 rushing touchdowns, the third-most in the Sun Belt Conference, and paved the way for three different ASU players rushing for more than 100 yards in at least one game. The tight ends were a big part of ASU's line that helped the offense to its most yards of total offense (484) against an FBS opponent since the 2007 season.

The tight ends were also heavily involved in the ASU running game that ranked No. 18 in the nation and No. 2 in the Sun Belt Conference in 2008.

Harris returned to his alma mater as tight ends coach after serving as Alabama State's offensive coordinator and running backs coach during the 2007 season.

Harris worked with Alabama State head coach Reggie Barlow to design the overall offensive game plan and calling plays. Harris helped the offense improve its total yards and points from the previous season and coached the Southwestern Athletic Conference's leading rusher and MVP in Jay Peck.

Prior to his return to Alabama State, where he also served as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator from 2004-05, Harris spent the 2006 season at Ole Miss.

During his first stint at Alabama State, Harris helped lead the football team to a 10-2 record in 2004 and the SWAC championship. In addition to his duties as a position coach, Harris was responsible for organizing and planning the Hornets' recruiting strategy.

Harris was a four-year letterman at Arkansas State, including the 1996 season when he recorded a team-high 100 tackles from his safety position. After earning his bachelor's degree from ASU in 1998, he went to Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tennessee, as an assistant coach.

Harris headed Whitehaven's offense, which was tops in the area, and improved its yardage by more than 100 yards per game from the previous season. He was promoted to head coach at Whitehaven two years later and was named West Tennessee Coach of the Year in 2001 after leading his team to the city and region championships in 2001.

He followed the 2001 campaign with another city title in 2002 and was named assistant coach in two all-star games. He was named head coach for the Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game in Tennessee.

During his three seasons as head coach at Whitehaven, Harris posted a 23-12 record and had 32 players sign scholarships to play college football.

Harris and his wife, LaQuesha, have two children, Arami, Cortlynn, and a Godson, DeVonte'.

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