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Sophomore QB Kierra Harris Reflects on the Bears' First Scrimmage
Has 13 career starts under his belt as he heads into his senior campaign as the club's projected starter at QB ... Passed for 304 yards and 2 TDs on 15-of-20 in the Maroon and White spring game (4/26/14) ... In three spring scrimmages, he completed 67% of his pass attempts (35-of-52) for 592 yards and 5 touchdowns.
2013: Started the first 7 games of his junior campaign and finished 5th in the MVFC in scoring (4.9), 9th in passing yards (110.9) and 10th in total offense (140.8) ... Led club with 54 points ... Attempted 30 or more passes his first four starts of the season ... Was 20-for-31 through the air with 62 rushing yards and 3 scores in game at Murray State (9/14/13) in his only 200-yard passing effort of the season ... Tossed a pair of TDs in win over No. 24 Illinois State (9/28/13), including a 73-yard completion to Dorian Buford for a score ... Earned MSU Offensive Player of the Week honors at Iowa (9/7/13) ... Scored a pair of touchdowns and threw for 189 yards in season opener against Northwestern State (8/29/13) ... Was 10-for-20 through the air for 189 yards before leaving the game with a knee injury at No. 1 North Dakota State (10/12/13) ... Was 3-for-4 passing for 53 yards in a reserve role in win over Indiana State (11/2/13) ... Scored touchdowns in 6 games and accounted for a score in all but 2 of his 11 appearances ... Was 3rd on the team in rushing (329), 1st in passing (1,220) and 1st in total offense yards (1,549) ... Was 13-for-22 passing with 100 yards of total offense in Maroon and White Game (4/20/13) ... In three spring scrimmages, he combined for 519 yards of total offense, including 462 passing yards on 42-of-74 attempts.
2012: Led Bears to a 3-2 record in five starts at quarterback over the last five games of the season, including an upset at No. 11 Illinois State (10/20/12) ... Notched a career-high 230 passing yards in season finale at UNI (11/17/12) and tied an MSU completions record (29-for-39) ... Threw for 3 TDs in homecoming win over Western Illinois (10/27/12) ... Passed for 214 yards and a pair of touchdowns in home win over South Dakota (10/13/12) ... Was an efficient 12-for-15 off the bench at Indiana State (10/6/12) ... Season-long 60-yard TD pass to Julian Burton vs. South Dakota ... Named MSU Offensive Player of the Week for Bears' near-upset of No. 1 North Dakota State (11/3/12) with 13 carries for 39 yards and a TD ... Was 18-for-33 for 108 yards in the Maroon and White Game (4/21/12) with 120 yards of total offense ... In three spring scrimmages, he was a combined 42-for-76 for 335 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
2011: Played in just two games as a true freshman, but was on the field for both FBS contests, including a start at No. 15 Arkansas in the season opener (9/3/11) ... Was 8-for-14 for 70 yards against the Razorbacks, including a 33-yard touchdown strike ... Played in two series at No. 12 Oregon (9/17/11) and collected 21 yards of total offense on 2-for-2 passing for 13 yards and 3 carries for 8 yards, including a long of 13 ... Finished his first campaign with a pass efficiency rating of 114.20 and .625 completion percentage.
High School: Was a two-time Arkansas Class 6A all-state quarterback who was named Southwest Arkansas Player of the Year as a senior in 2010 ... Also a three-year starter for Coach Phillip Miller's Razorbacks, earning all-area and Class 6A South all-conference honors in 2009 and 2010 ... Passed for more than 5,500 career yards and 50 touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns ... As a senior, he passed for 2,300 yards with 25 touchdowns and rushed for 970 yards with 12 touchdowns ... Helped Arkansas High to a 7-7 record in 2010 ... Compiled 1,600 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 2,150 yards of total offense as a junior ... In 2008, he accounted for 1,500 passing yards, 13 passing TDs and 1,830 yards total offense as a sophomore.
Personal: Kierra Rasheen Harris was born 10/14/92 in Texarkana, Ark. ... Son of James and Andrea Coleman of Texarkana ... Has two sisters, LaCreisha and LaCourtney ... Majoring in Psychology.