Kwame Harris to Forgo Senior Season and Enter NFL Draft

Jan. 14, 2003

Kwame Harris, a 6-7, 308-pound offensive tackle from Newark, Delaware, today announced that he is forgoing his senior season at Stanford to enter the 2003 NFL Draft. Harris, 20, had one more season of eligibility remaining.

Harris, a First-Team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection this past season and winner of the 2002 Morris Trophy as the top lineman in the conference, started all 23 games for the Cardinal at right tackle in 2001 and '02. He was considered among the top offensive lineman in college football in 2002.

'Although my years on The Farm have been filled with fun and growth, my time to venture into the real world has come,' Harris said. 'I have spent many sleepless nights wondering if my decision to leave Stanford is the right one and although there is no clear-cut method of coming to an answer, my heart yearns for the challenges of the NFL.'

'I will forever be thankful to Stanford University for nourishing me into the confident young man who is now on the verge of embarking on one of the biggest journeys of my life,' he said. 'The education I received during my three years is second to none and has prepared me well to deal with all of life's tribulations. It is my utmonst intention to complete my degreee at Stanford.'

Harris came to Stanford in the Fall of 2000 as one of the most highly-touted preps in the nation. He earned a letter and was a key reserve as a true freshman in 2000. In 2001, he moved into the starting lineup at right tackle and started all 12 games. He was named Second-Team All-Pac-10.

As a junior in 2002, Harris started all 11 games at right tackle and continued to earn a reputation as one of the nation's top offensive lineman. In addition to winning the Morris Trophy and earning All-Pac-10 honors, he was named honorable mention All-America and voted the team's Most Valuable Junior.

'Kwame is a special person,' said Cardinal head coach Buddy Teevens. 'He is an outstanding young man who is very dedicated and committed to excellence in his life, both on and off the playing field. We will miss him as a part of our football program not only for his athleticism, but also for his work ethic, character and integrity. We wish him all the best in his professional football career and future endeavors,' said Teevens.

'If it weren't for the people that I have met during my three years at Stanford, I would never have experienced the growth that I have,' said Harris. 'In fact, those people are what make Stanford University unique. I will continue to involve myself with Stanford in any way possible. I want to thank all of the Stanford football fans, alumni and coaches who make autumn Saturday's special. I also want to thank Coach Teevens and Coach (Steve) Morton, who both made my final year at Stanford a positive one.'

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