PRO: Dwayne Harris was selected in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, adding a physical and productive collegiate receiver who can also perform on all special teams units. As a rookie, Harris saw time as a punt and kickoff returner, playing in seven games and returning 15 punts 80 yards (5.3 avg.) and eight kickoffs 231 yards (28.9). While at ECU, Harris set numerous school records as both a receiver and a returner while also finding spots in Conference USA record books as a returner. He left ECU with school records for catches (268, 10th in the conference) and yards (3,001, 10th in the conference). He became the first player in university history - fourth in conference history - to top 100 catches in a season with 101 as a senior. As a returner, he left second in ECU annals with 102 kickoff returns for 2,374 yards, and he became the second player at ECU, sixth in conference history, to amass over 6,000 career all-purpose yards (6,380). With experience as a prep quarterback, Harris displays the total package as an all-around athlete and should find his niche with the Cowboys.
12/14/11: Re-signed to the active roster.
10/18/11: Released and signed to Dallas’ practice squad (10/19).
4/30/11: Drafted in the sixth round (176th overall) by Dallas.
• Made his NFL debut in the opener at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) as the punt returner and had two returns for 17 yards, with a long of 11.
• In the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18), returned two punts 25 yards.
• Released on Oct. 18 and signed to the practice squad on Oct. 19.
• After re-signing to the active roster on Dec. 14, was inactive at Tampa Bay (12/17) and returned to the field against Philadelphia (12/24) as the club’s return man. He returned three punts for three yards and two kickoffs for 85 yards with a career-long 51-yard return.
• Returned three kickoffs 72 yards (24.0) and one punt four yards.
• All-America second-team as an all-purpose player by The NFL Draft Report as a senior.
• All-Conference USA first-team as a receiver and punt returner and earned MVP honors.
• Earned Biletnikoff and Hornung Award watch lists after starting 10-of-13 games and establishing school records with 101 catches for 1,123 yards (11.1 avg.) and his 10 touchdowns tied for second in ECU record books.
• Set a school record with 41 kickoff returns for 839 yards and added 222 yards on 19 punt returns.
• His punt return average of 11.7 yards was fourth in the conference, 21st in the nation.
• Totaled a career-best 2,288 all-purpose yards, finishing fourth in the NCAA FBS.
• Earned first-team All-Conference USA honors as a wide receiver and kick return specialist as a junior.
• Played in all 14 games with seven starts and ranked third in the conference, 19th in the nation, with a 27.0-yard kickoff return average.
• Established school season and career records returning three kickoffs for touchdowns - one shy of the conference record.
• Led the team with 83 catches for 978 yards (11.8) and seven touchdowns. Added 31 carries for 149 yards and five scores, completed one-of-three passes for 35 yards and returned one punt for seven yards.
• Scored 90 points and registered 2,134 all-purpose yards - fifth in Conference USA and 21st nationally.
• As a sophomore, started five of the 10 games he played and led the team with 58 receptions for 654 yards (11.3) and a touchdown.
• Added 19 carries for 76 yards and returned 19 kickoffs for 446 yards (23.5).
• Totaled 1,176 all-purpose yards and averaged 117.6 yards-per-game.
• Started two of the 13 games he played as a redshirt freshman and finished with 26 catches for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
• Returned five kickoffs for 89 yards and completed one-of-three passes (an 80-yard touchdown toss also against UTEP). His 80-yard touchdown toss was the eighth-longest pass in school history.
• Returned 31 punts for 250 yards and was sixth in Conference USA with an 8.1-yard average.
• For the season, tallied 782 all-purpose yards, including the game against Alabama-Birmingham in which he racked up 140 yards (96 on five punt returns, 17 on two catches and 27 on an end-around).
• Redshirted as a true freshman.
• Lettered four times in football at Tucker High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., and earned Class 4A all-state honors from the Georgia High School Coaches Association as a senior.
• Was the school’s quarterback as a senior, leading the squad to a 10-1 record and the region 6-AAAA championship.
• Added All-DeKalb County honors and played in the North-South All-star game where he was chosen as the MVP.
• Completed 62.0% of his passes for 1,334 yards and 10 touchdowns while adding 524 yards and seven rushing touchdowns as the team’s captain.
• Also lettered for Tucker’s baseball and basketball teams.
• Majored in communications.
• 2011 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
• 2011 United Way Hometown Huddle.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
• Annual Holiday Hospital Visits.
• Kick Off Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.