Harris Speeds Past the Competition on Pro Day
April 7, 2014
By Kylie Hargreaves, WakeForestSports.com
After finishing a productive four years at Wake Forest, Josh Harris is more than ready to take the next step in his career and enter the NFL. The native Texan leaves Wake Forest as one of the top rushers in Demon Deacon history.
Harris finished his career at Wake Forest with a total of 489 carries, 2,230 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. Despite multiple injuries plaguing his sophomore season, Harris played in almost every game for the Demon Deacons as one of their leading rushers throughout four seasons. He leaves Wake as one of the top 10 career rushing leaders in school history.
Once Harris completed his senior season, he headed back home to Dallas to train for his next move. He mentioned that he decided to go home and train in order to be around his family and old training partners.
"I'm working on durability, stability, and flexibility," said Harris. "I'm plenty strong but I need to make sure I stay healthy."
In order for Harris to stay in good physical shape, he does extra stretching, participates in yoga and completes more reps with less weight in the weight room rather than strictly heavy lifting. This ensures that he is at his physical peak for the draft.
A little over three months after his college career ended, Harris participated in Wake's Pro Day on March 17. On the morning of Pro Day Harris was prepared to show the 22 NFL scouts in attendance his improvement on the field. However, Harris was greeted by unexpected rain and ice storms.
"The weather was so miserable that you couldn't even get your legs warm enough to perform at your peak," Harris said. "It was sort of unfair to compare our numbers to other prospects, but I guess that's just the luck of the draw."
In spite of the frosty temperatures and slick field, the show went on for Harris and the eight other Deacons from the 2013 senior class. Harris still managed to attract the scouts with his incredible speed and strength on the 40-yard dash.
"My performance went great," said Harris. "Several scouts had me running the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds but the NFL Network reported me at a 4.46. So I was upset about that."
It is no surprise that Harris has incredible speed; he was a member of Wake Forest's track and field team for three years. While competing for the Deacons, Harris participated in the 60m indoor dash and 100m outdoor dash. Even though there was some confusion on his 40-yard dash time, his performance gave scouts something to talk about. Harris also showed off his power in the weight room on the bench press. Participants were asked to bench press 225 pounds as many times as possible; Harris managed to put up a notable 28 reps.
Now that Harris has completed his Pro Day, he plans to continue his private workouts and attend another Pro Day in Dallas before the draft. Harris expects big things in his future, as he is hoping to be called up as a late round draft pick or sign as a free agent.
"I really hope I will be picked up in the draft in May but as long as I get to a team's mini camp this summer I'll be fine," said Harris.
Harris will have to wait until the NFL Draft begins on May 8 to see where he will end up. The draft will run through the weekend and Harris is hopeful to turn his dreams into a reality.