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Brandon Harris | Quarterback

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/12/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 188

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North Carolina confirmed that senior QB Brandon Harris has signed a scholarship agreement and will join the football team this summer.
In late March, Harris announced his intention to transfer from LSU to UNC as a graduate. Now, his new school has made it official. LSU's starting quarterback in 2015, Harris was benched for Danny Etling after Week 2 of last season. He now joins the fray of signal-callers -- along with Logan Byrd, Nathan Elliott and Chaz Surratt -- hoping to replace one-year starter Mitch Trubisky. Harris is the heavy favorite to start Week 1 for the Tar Heels this fall. May 12 - 12:45 PM

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George Whitfield, the private quarterback coach for North Carolina senior QB Brandon Harris, indicated that he could have an ascension similar to that of now-former Tar Heel QB Mitchell Trubisky.

"Trubisky had 12 games and he’s sitting at the same table as Deshaun Watson," Whitfield said at the beginning of April. Harris transferred over to North Carolina from LSU at the end of March after slogging through a woefully inconsistent career, one which saw him benched due to ineffectiveness in September of the past season. Despite showing plenty of flashes during his time with the Tigers, Harris was never able to put it all together for any real stretch of time, certainly not one that would hint toward an NFL quarterbacking future. At least some of this can be blamed on LSU's blink-and-it's-still-not-moving offense. Whitfield sees a better on-field fit for Harris at UNC.
May 6 - 1:51 PM

LSU QB Brandon Harris announced his transfer to UNC.

The Tar Heels lost Mitchell Trubisky to the NFL draft and likely are in need of a starter next season. That might be Harris or it might not, since the longtime LSU passer never performed at a high level. Malik Zaire is still waiting to make his decision as well. Harris is eligible to play immediately.
Mar 27 - 10:51 AM

Texas HC Tom Herman confirmed that the Longhorns are recruiting LSU graduate transfer QB Brandon Harris.

The Horns lost its No. 3 QB when sophomore Matthew Merrick decided to focus on his academics, so they're now shopping for a signal-caller to add to the depth chart next to youngsters Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger. "We’ve got two," Herman said after practice Tuesday. "One’s 19 and one’s 18." As for Harris, he’s made two things clear: He wants to start, and he's pinpointed his search to North Carolina and Texas. He'd have a better shot to start at UNC, but Harris also might decide that he wants to try to unseat Buechele. Herman would give him that shot. "We gotta win," Herman said when asked if it wasn't in his best interest to start Bueche or Ehlinger for developmental purposes. "Lost seven games three straight years around here. If a grad transfer is better than those two and can beat them out, then we'll worry about their growth next spring."
Source: ESPN
Mar 22 - 3:04 PM

Transferring LSU graduate QB Brandon Harris told FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman that "[i]f North Carolina blows me away, I'll go to North Carolina."

Harris is set to visit the Tar Heels on March 24, giving HC Larry Fedora and crew a little over a week to craft their best pitch for the 6-foot-3, 188-pounder. He is also considering Texas and Arizona. But about those Tar Heels. "If I go there, I know I have the opportunity to win now. They have a winning culture," Harris told Feldman. "That system is friendly — and I know that quarterbacks have had great success in that system. I feel like it’s a good fit for me to go in there and compete." Harris was benched by HC Les Miles in the second game of the 2016 season, when he installed Purdue transfer Danny Etling as starter. Once he makes that visit to North Carolina, you can reasonably expect an announcement on his future home in short order.
Source: FOX Sports
Mar 14 - 9:17 PM

Transferring LSU graduate QB Brandon Harris will visit North Carolina.

Harris will be visiting North Carolina on March 24. He further indicated to the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he is kicking around possible trips to Texas and Arizona. The 6-foot-3, 188-pounder was given every possible chance to blossom as LSU's starting quarterback, but whether it was the offense being run, Harris himself or a combination of those two things, the results were decidedly mixed. He announced his decision to transfer in mid-February.
Mar 12 - 12:41 PM

North Carolina is one of the dozen or so schools that have contacted LSU senior QB Brandon Harris since he announced he'd transfer.

The ex-Tigers quarterback told Scout that he already has "two final possibilities" for where he would like to transfer. "Right now, I kind of know where I want to be at," Harris told the recruiting website. "I have two final possibilities, but one really sticks out above the other." We aren't sure if UNC made the cut, but we do know that the Tar Heels have been heavily involved with grad transfer quarterbacks since the season ended; they are a rumored potential destination of Notre Dame's Malik Zaire.
Feb 15 - 1:23 PM

LSU senior QB Brandon Harris announced Monday that he will transfer.

Once a celebrated recruit as a top-five dual-threat QB in the 2014 cycle, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder lost his job to Purdue transfer QB Danny Etling last season and wasn't heard from again. In two games as a junior in 2016, Harris went 13-of-25 for 139 yards and a 1/2 TD/INT rate.
Feb 13 - 3:37 PM

LSU HC Les Miles indicated that the Tigers have not decided on a starter between junior QB Brandon Harris and redshirt senior QB Danny Etling.

"I will not name a starter until I talk to my team. And, that’s whether I will name a starter," said Miles. Harris struggled in the opener against Wisconsin and was yanked outright after the first quarter in Saturday's win over Jacksonville State, having completed just 1-of-4 passes for eight yards. Purdue transfer Etling replaced him and finished out completing 6-of-14 tosses for 100 yards, a touchdown and an interception. LSU plays Mississippi State on Saturday. Neither Harris nor Etling make for particularly appealing fantasy plays.
Source: SEC Country
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 02:44:00 PM

LSU junior QB Brandon Harris was benched early in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Jacksonville State.

LSU HC Les Miles hinted during the practice week that Harris' leash was growing shorter. It has apparently run out completely. The 6-foot-3, 188-pounder managed to complete just 1-of-4 passes for eight yards in a scoreless first quarter against Jacksonville State. Purdue transfer gunslinger Danny Etling subsequently took over for him and promptly marched the Tigers down the field for a touchdown.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 09:23:00 PM

LSU HC Les Miles said of junior QB Brandon Harris that "relaxing and letting the game come to him, at times, he struggles there."

"By the makeup of the talent that's there, we're in pretty good shape. It's just that maturation process," Miles said. Harris was something of a flaming wreck in Saturday's 16-15 loss to Wisconsin, completing just 12-of-21 passes for 131 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Miles has been a staunch supporter of Harris, but even the Mad Hatter might be growing weary here, saying, "He doesn't have a lifetime to do it, and there are other quarterbacks to go to." Should matters reach a point of no return, Purdue transfer Danny Etling would be the man to replace Harris. For the time being, this remains hypothetical, but the leash on Harris is clearly getting shorter. LSU plays Jacksonville State on Saturday. If they struggle in that one, look out.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 01:53:00 PM

LSU senior DB Tre'Davious White said that junior QB Brandon Harris "wants the pressure."

White explained -- with a tangible example -- one way that Harris has matured as a quarterback. "He wants to know what we think of when a receiver does this, when a quarterback looks this way, what are we thinking," White said. "So he asks questions from a defensive back’s perspective, and I think that’s going to pay off huge for him." The star corner noted that Harris would not ask these kinds of questions last season. To a man, LSU's contingent at SEC Media Days spoke glowingly of the 6-foot-3, 188-pounder's progression. Leonard Fournette was among that lot, telling reporters, "Everybody asks me about Brandon. I think he’s going to do a marvelous job this year, guys." Perhaps the most interesting aspect of LSU's showing at SEC Media Days in regards to all this was that Harris, himself, was not present at the annual media scrum.
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 04:00:00 PM

LSU junior QB Brandon Harris said, "I really do feel like I have the best arm in college football."

That is a strong claim from Harris, though not as strong as the one he made immediately afterward. Said the 6-foot-3, 188-pounder, "We have the best team in college football. I get it all the time: ‘Can you throw this and that?’ I laugh about it because I think as we continue to grow as a team, we’ll get the last laugh." Harris has received widespread praise from teammates for his work this spring, with WR Tyron Johnson saying that he "looks more like an NFL QB [than he did in 2015]" due to improvements in accuracy and poise. Harris believes the Tigers are just beginning to tap into their potential. "The sky is the limit for this team. The light has to come on, and it’s starting to come on."
Source: SEC Country
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 03:24:00 PM

LSU junior QB Brandon Harris said the offense focused on improving its tempo this spring.

"We want to go tempo, we want to wear (defenses) down," he said. "We have a big, physical o-line. We want to run the ball. We can’t make mistakes, penalties, me holding the ball too long, things that are going to set us back. ... We’ve been working hard on [tempo] all spring." Those around the program are optimistic about the progress Harris has made this offseason. "You can see his improvement everyday," star wideout Malachi Dupre said. "He’s a lot more comfortable. The offense is getting everyone involved. I think the sky’s the limit." Fellow WR Tyron Johnson said: "He looks more like an NFL QB. He has better accuracy and poise in the pocket. He’s a lot more comfortable. It’s a big difference from his sophomore year."
Tue, May 17, 2016 07:27:00 PM

LSU junior QB Brandon Harris threw four touchdown passes during Saturday's scrimmage.

Harris threw for 227 yards and four touchdowns. Per HC Les Miles, he completed in the neighborhood of 15-to-16 of his 21 passes. LSU will wrap up with its spring game next week. Miles seemed encouraged by the progress he has seen out of his 6-foot-3, 188-pound junior signal-caller to this point. Said the Mad Hatter, "I felt like Brandon probably had a sharper scrimmage the scrimmage before. He still threw for (227) and a very good percentage. I felt like he's ready to be the quarterback." During last week's scrimmage, Harris split first-team reps with Danny Etling and Justin McMillan. He had the first-team all to himself on Saturday. All signs point to Harris as starter in 2016. Last season, he threw for 2,158 yards (53.8% completions) with a 13/6 TD/INT ratio.
Sun, Apr 10, 2016 01:21:00 PM