Harris receives national award

June 29, 2009

by Jordan White

Quin Harris, Louisiana Tech alumnus and former linebacker for the Tech football team, was recently inducted into the National Football Foundation’s 2009 Hampshire Honor Society for his performance on the field, academic prowess and dedication to the community.

Harris is one of 564 players from 266 schools to receive this honor and the only student-athlete from Tech to receive this award. He will add the award to his repertoire of other honors including being one of 15 students in the country to receive the 2008 National Scholar-Athlete Award.

“I had no idea I was even up for it,” Harris said. “I just walked into the field house and [Head Football and Athletics Director Derek] Dooley told me congratulations. At first I thought [Dooley] was thinking I had won a different award.”

Harris said he was confused as he was going to ask Dooley to provide a recommendation for another award. He said the coaching staff must have entered him into the award competition without him knowing.

“I’m proud to be a Bulldog and I would like this to be a beacon for other athletes to show them what they can accomplish,” Harris said. “I’ve invested everything I have in this university, and I want people to think of Tech as more than just a school.”

Harris graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in clinical kinesiology in the spring of 2008 and is currently working on a master’s degree in exercise physiology and sports performance. He is also in the running for the Wuerfful Trophy and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Malcolm Butler, director of sports information, said Harris is the model of what a student-athlete should be.

“He has made his mark in the classroom, on the field and in our community for the past five years,” Butler said. “He is a young man who possesses great character.”

He said he feels that Harris is the type of student-athlete who makes Tech affiliates proud to be a Louisiana Tech fan.

“He has been rewarded for his hard work with numerous awards this year, including most recently being inducted into the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, and he is very deserving of each one of them,” Butler said.

Thomas Kent Wetherell, Florida State President and National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society National Advisory Committee Chairman, said he takes pride in being part of this award.

“We continue to see strong membership growth in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, and I encourage coaches at all levels to tap the competitive spirit of their teams and promote membership and academic performance as a point, pride among their players,” Wetherell said.

The National Football Foundation’s official Web site acknowledges the growth of the Hampshire award over the past three years.

The award was earned by just over 300 student-athletes in its first year and has grown to the current 564.