Coach Kelly reviews the Fighting Irish's performance against Louisville.
CAREER: Experienced senior who is among the best offensive tackles in college football ... second-team preseason All-America for 2006 by Athlon, third-team by Street & Smiths/Walter Camp Football Foundation ... rated the number-six offensive tackle in college football by The Sporting News, seventh by Lindy's ... named to the 2006 Outland Trophy watch list ... has started Notre Dame's last 32 games ... joins Dan Santucci and Bob Marton as returning three-year lettermen on 2006 Irish offensive line ... only Brady Quinn has played more career minutes among Irish returnees for 2006 ... started all 12 games at left tackle in 2004 and 2005 after eight starts at right tackle as a true freshman in 2003 ... has played in 32 games for the Irish in his career, logging 937:00 of action at tackle with 142 special teams appearances.
2005 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games at left offensive tackle ... ended the season with a string of 32 consecutive starts at left tackle ... helped an explosive offense that averaged 36.7 points and 477.3 yards per game (330.2 passing, 147.1 rushing) ... helped lead the way as halfback Darius Walker eclipsed 100 rushing yards in seven games ... key factor in the offense not allowing a sack against Purdue as the Irish racked up 49 points, 621 total yards and 468 passing yards in a 49-28 win over the Boilermakers while controlling the ball for 36:03 ... helped lead the offense to 560 yards while controlling the ball for 36:56 versus Washington, in addition to aiding Walker's career-high 128-yard rushing effort versus the Huskies ... big part of an offensive outing versus USC that produced 31 points (most by a Trojan foe since 2003), 417 total yards (264 passing, 153 rushing) and 28 first downs while controlling the ball for an astounding 38:40 ... anchored an offensive line that led the Irish to 49 points, 511 yards of offense and seven TDs in a 49-23 win over BYU ... helped the Irish offense to a big day against Tennessee's highly-rated defense as Notre Dame's offense produced 27 points and 343 yards ... prevented Navy from registering a quarterback sack as the Irish moved for 505 yards, 221 rushing yards and 284 yards via the pass in a 42-21 victory over the Midshipmen ... helped the Irish offense rack up 663 yards (231 rushing, 432 passing) and five TDs in the win over Stanford ... logged 359:10 of playing time with 71 special teams appearances.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): The winner of Notre Dame's offensive lineman of the year, earning the Westwood One/Guardian Life Insurance Guardian of the Year Award ... a starter in all 12 games at left tackle ... major factor in Notre Dame's ability to rush for 195 yards against top-ranked USC, the most rushing yards allowed by the Trojans in two years ... had a solid day versus Navy as the Irish ran for 204 yards ... part of an offensive line that protected Brady Quinn as he passed for four TDs versus Washington ... helped clear the way for Darius Walker's 115-yard rushing performance versus Michigan ... made 39 special teams appearances and logged 362:45 of playing time.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Played in the season's final eight games as the starting right tackle ... only the third true freshman in Notre Dame history to start on the offensive line ... the Irish averaged 219.0 yards rushing per game with him in the lineup ... one of six freshmen to see significant playing time for the Irish ... named a first-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com and a second-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... made his first career appearance against Pittsburgh (when Dan Stevenson moved to right guard) and helped Julius Jones rush for a school-record 262 yards ... helped Jones rush for 221 versus Navy and 218 against Stanford, marking the first time a Notre Dame player rushed for 200-plus yards in a game three times in a single season ... with Harris in the lineup, Jones rushed for 1,062 of his 1,214 yards (87.5 percent) ... played 215:05 on offense and made 32 special teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Cretin-Derham High School in St. Paul, Minn. ... USA Today first-team All-American ... ranked second on the Detroit Free-Press 20-player Best of the Midwest squad ... rated 51st on ESPN's list of the nation's top 100 prep players ... named to the 10-member SuperPreps team by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune ... a 2002 Old Spice Red Zone All-American ... all-state and all-metro in both 2001 and 2002 ... did not allow a sack either of his final two seasons ... a three-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines, helping his team go 10-2 in 2002 and reach the state quarterfinals ... helped his team post a 23-3 combined record in 2000 and 2001 ... made 46 tackles and 11 sacks in 2002 at defensive tackle ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... also was an all-conference wrestler, lettering two years ... a member of National Honor Society and student council co-president as a senior ... a member of Junior ROTC ... part of St. Paul mayor Randy Kelly's Youth Advisory Board ... from the same high school as current Irish tight end Marcus Freeman, former fullback Rashon Powers-Neal ('05) and former Notre Dame baseball All-America pitcher J.P. Gagne (`03) ... former Miami Hurricane and Chicago Bears quarterback Steve Walsh, current Carolina Panthers' quarterback Chris Weinke and baseball's 2001 No. 1 draft pick, Joe Mauer (now of the Minnesota Twins), also went to Cretin-Derham Hall ... featured in August of 2003 on MTV's "True Life" (the subject was "I Want The Perfect Body") talking about his efforts to gain weight over the summer so he could play as a freshman lineman at Notre Dame ... full name is Ryan Emerson Wilcox Harris ... one of three children ... father Kevin played football at Wisconsin-Stout ... born March 11, 1985, in Minneapolis ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in political science and economics ... earned 3.6 grade-point average during `06 spring semester and boasts 3.091 cumulative average.