Q&A with Bulldogs receiver Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris | COURTESY OF SAMFORD ATHLETICS

 

Levi Edwards, Sports Editor

Andrew Harris is a junior wide receiver for the Samford Bulldogs football team who plays a very pivotal role in the Hatch Attack offense run by head coach Chris Hatcher. Harris is currently the team’s second leading receiver in yards and touchdowns and is leading the team in most yards per catch averaging 20 yards per catch. This past week I was able to sit down with him and get to know him.

Levi Edwards: How has the season been going for you so far?

Andrew Harris: So far the season has been going great. We are still trying to figure out our identity on offense but we are getting there. The defense has been balling out and that’s what we expect them to do. I don’t see any team beating us in (our) conference.

LE: You had a very illustrious high school career in the state of Georgia. With the statistics you put up and awards you were able to win you looked like a very viable receiver coming out. What other schools were you looking into and what was the deciding factor in you making your decision to come to Samford?

AH: I had a lot of FCS schools and some FBS schools recruit me but the biggest deciding factor was coach Hatcher and the offense he had. He loves to throw the ball and as a receiver, that’s what I love to do.

LE: As a true freshman you were given the rare opportunity to see playing time in nine games. How did it feel to get to opportunity to play so early in your college career and what adjustments did you have to make coming from high school to college?

AH: It was a big honor to play as a true freshman. It was a great learning process for me. The biggest thing I had to work on was my fundamentals coming in from high school to college. Everyone is a great athlete in college so you have to work on the little things to separate yourself.

LE: Last year against Mississippi State you caught 8 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. Would you consider this game a coming out party for yourself especially since you were able to have such a successful game against a Power 5 conference school?

AH: Man that was a great game! It was actually my first collegiate start so it was pretty nerve-wracking. My team and coaches expect me to make plays so that’s what I was trying to do.

LE: With Karel Hamilton and Emmanuel Obajimi leaving, a couple of critics had questions about the upcoming receiving core for this season. What is your response to those critics?

AH: I think we have the best receiving core we’ve had in a long time. We are young but we are returning everyone for two years. There is no telling what we are going to accomplish this year. Everyone always sleeps on us but it’s OK. They will see what we can do.

LE: What do you like to do off the field?

AH: I like to play basketball and anything getting away from football because of the amount of time I spend playing football. It can get tiring and repetitive.

LE: Rank these following artists in your own personal preference: Luke Bryan, Usher, Drake, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson.

AH: MJ, Drake, Beyoncé, Usher, Luke Bryan

LE: What goals would you like to accomplish by the time you graduate not only on the field, but off the field as well?

AH: Be an All-American and make Dean’s List.

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