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Lobo football: Harris to chase NFL dream

Justin Harris

University of New Mexico defensive end Justin Harris announced on Friday via social media that he plans to forgo his “super” senior season available for 2023 and file for the NFL Draft.

Harris, listed as 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds, played in 10 games in 2022, starting eight. He finished the season with 33 tackles, four sacks and 6½ tackles for loss.

His totals for his three UNM seasons were 74 tackles, eight sacks and 12½ tackles for loss.

He was accorded no postseason honors during his UNM career.

Six seasons have passed since Harris began his college career, but he did not play in two of them.

A native of Lutcher, Louisiana, Harris signed with Baylor out of high school and sat out the 2017 season there as a redshirt. He then transferred to Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, where he played just five games in 2018 before coming to UNM.

Harris played in eight games for the Lobos in 2019 but did not play during UNM’s seven-game, COVID-abbreviated 2020 season.

The gregarious Harris, a communications major, conducted light-hearted post-practice interviews with teammates after 2022 preseason workouts in August.

BANQUET: Jerrick Reed II was named the Bill Brannin Most Valuable Player , highlighting the night at the UNM football team’s awards banquet held Friday at The Clyde Hotel in downtown Albuquerque. Robert Portnoy was the emcee.

. The banquet served to put a cork on the 2022 season and to kickstart UNM towards 2023, which really ramps up with UNM’s National Signing Day watch party at Salt Yard East on Wednesday, December 21 from 6-7 pm.

The Lobo Football Awards Banquet was held at The Clyde Hotel in downtown Albuquerque, emceed by Voice of the Lobos Robert Portnoy.

The entire list of award winners:

Bill Brannin Most Valuable Player Award: Jerrick Reed II
Col. H.J. Golightly Defensive MVP Award: A.J. Haulcy & Cody Moon
Reese Hill Offensive MVP Award: Nate Jones
Special Teams MVP Award: Aaron Rodriguez
Clyde Hill Most Improved Player Award: Duece Jones
Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award: J.C. Davis
Chuck Cummings Morale & Spirit/Most Inspirational Award: Radson Jang
First Team Lobo Club Award for Unselfish Devotion: Radson Jang
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Elijah Spaulding
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Larry Allen
Special Teams Scout Team Player of Year: Leonardo Gallegos
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