Big play defensive back and special teamer for the Aggies … led the nation in punt returns with a 18.6 average, and had a 72-yard return for a touchdown against Kansas … set a school record with 162 punt return yards against KU … earned first-team All-Big 12 honors at punt returner by Phil Steele and honorable mention honors from the conference head coaches … earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors after blocking a punt against Texas Tech that Terrence Frederick returned for a touchdown … also led the team in kickoff returns with a 23.4 average on 16 returns with a long of 40 yards vs. Texas … as a cornerback, Harris contributed 33 tackles, including a pair of QB sacks … broke up eight opponent aerials … grabbed an interception from future Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III against Baylor.
An honorable mention All-Big 12 selection ... played in all 12 games, drawing three starts ... recorded 43 tackles, 30 of them unassisted ... led team with four interceptions and nine pass breakups ... returned eight punts on the year for an average of 11.5 yards per return and one touchdown ... reached the end zone in each of the first two games of the season, scoring on a 38-yard interception return in the season-opening win over Stephen F. Austin and taking a punt back 54 yards for a touchdown against Louisiana Tech ... picked off a pass and contributed three tackles at Oklahoma State ... returned an interception 83 yards to set up a touchdown at Kansas ... Notched a season-best seven tackles, including six solo stops in a road victory over Baylor .... intercepted a pass during the Aggies' regular season finale at Texas.
A member of ESPN.com's Big 12 All-Freshman team ... appeared in 12 games, starting the first 10 ... was the only true freshman to earn the starting nod on the defensive side of the ball (cornerback) in the first 10 games ... recorded five tackles, broke up a pass and grabbed first career interception in Independence Bowl against Georgia (12/28) ... sat out the Baylor win (11/21) with an ankle injury ... 35 tackles ranks 10th on the Aggie defense ... five tackles, including first career sack, at Colorado (11/7) ... six tackles, four solo, at Kansas State (10/17) ... third on the team with eight tackles, including one for loss, against Oklahoma State (10/10) ... tallied seven tackles (one for loss) against Utah State (9/19) ... also A&M's punt returner for a good part of the year, his 33-yard return vs UAB was the longest by an A&M player since 2005.
Coached by Randy Rowe at Livingston High School ... earned 20-4A Distict MVP honors as a senior (2008) … named second-team All-State by The Associated Press and the TSWA … as a junior dual-threat quarterback (2007), ran for 729 yards on just 88 carries (8.3 avg.) and scored 13 touchdowns … also threw for 433 yards and five touchdowns … intercepted eight passes, four of which he returned for touchdowns … earned All-District honors as a utility back as a junior … led Livingston to berth in the 4A Regional Semi-Finals in 2007 … clocked a blistering 10.8 in the 100 meters at the Region 3 track meet in April of 2008 … won District 18-4A with a high jump of 6'6".
Dustin Harris is the son of Ronald and Linda Harris ... chose the Aggies over Utah ... born January 1, 1991 ... recreation, parks and tourism sciences major.