Junior defensive tackle Tylor Harris is the number 18 player on our countdown leading up to football season. The 6-4, 280 pound Harris has seemingly slimmed down quite a bit from last year, and has been dominant in stretches at practice so far, especially in the DLine vs. OLine drills.
He played as a true freshman in 2012 with three starts. He was one of two true freshman to see the field as a true freshman that year. During that campaign, Harris has 22 tackles, 45. TFL and 1.5 sacks.
Harris is one of the reasons that I am more optimistic than most about the state of our front line defensively. It looks like everything is starting to click under a new coaching staff. Last year he struggled to find playing time as he found himself in the famed "Grobe Doghouse".
Alongside Josh Banks, Harris will be expected to replace the productivity of Nikita Whitlock from last season.
Harris is from Baton Rouge, Louisana, where he attended Episcopal High School. Not only was he an All-State defensive end, but he excelled in the shot put, where he was the state champion his sophomore year.
He chose Wake Forest over Stanford, Arkansas, and Northwestern.