General: Drafted in the NFL's first round (23rd pick) by the Oakland Raiders ... One of the most athletic defensive players in the country … Can stop the run as well as rush the quarterback or cover a wideout … Ranked as the top outside linebacker in the 2002 NFL Draft by The Sporting News ... 11th on NU’s all-time tackle list with 334 hits ... Came to NU as both a football and basketball player.
2001: Named second-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media ... Started all 11 games at defensive end ... Team’s most talented athlete and, most likely, top NFL prospect ... Moved from outside linebacker to defensive end last spring ... Added a great deal of athleticism to the defensive line ... Ranked fourth on team in tackles with 78 ... 23rd on Big Ten tackle list ... Second on team in tackles for loss (9) and sacks (3) ... Led team with 19 quarterback hurries ... Blocked the PAT kick against Michigan State, which gave NU a chance to win the game with a last-play field goal ... The only defensive statistic he did not accomplish in 2001 was a fumble recovery ... Season-high 11 tackles (seven solos) at Purdue ... 10 tackles vs. UNLV and Michigan State ... Named the team’s defensive player of the game for those two contests ... Totaled five tackles, two pass deflections and five hurries vs. Penn State ... Six tackles vs. Iowa ... Named NU's Defensive Player of the Game three times (UNLV, Michigan State and Purdue) and its Defensive Playmaker of the Game twice (Michigan State and Penn State).
2000: Named second-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media … Started all 12 games at outside linebacker … Second on team in tackles … Was second on the team in tackles for loss with 13 … 13 TFLs is tied for eighth on the school’s single-season list … Also had three sacks (one each vs. Duke, Indiana and Minnesota) … Intercepted two passes (Duke, TCU), while breaking up six others … Recovered a fumble vs. Indiana … Made the biggest play of the game vs. Minnesota when he ran down flanker Jermaine Mays from behind, preventing a sure touchdown and enabling the ’Cats to score 21 fourth-quarter points to defeat the Gophers … Led the team with 14 tackles vs. Nebraska in the Alamo Bowl … Had double-digit tackles in six of 12 games … Played the final two regular-season games with a cast on his left hand after breaking it during the Michigan game … Named Defensive Player of the Game once and Big Playmaker twice.
1999: Played in 10 games, starting six of the last seven ... Finished second on the team with 110 tackles ... Recorded a season-high 23 tackles against Indiana ... Finished third on the team with three sacks ... Tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles ... Earned championship performance recognition four times, defensive player of the game once and big playmaker of the game once.
1998: Played in all 12 games ... Tallied 32 total tackles, 19 solo and two tackles for loss ... Intercepted a pass vs. Illinois ... Recovered a fumble at Michigan State ... Forced a fumble at Penn State ... Named Northwestern Gridiron Network Defensive Newcomer of the Year ... Left the basketball team during nonconference season to concentrate solely on football.
1997: Did not see any game action ... Named rookie champion after the Duke and Michigan games ... Walked on to the basketball team and played 18 games, averaging 4.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 15.4 minutes per game ... Tallied career highs of 18 points vs. Ohio State and 13 rebounds at Indiana ... Had a double-double vs. Indiana (14 points/13 rebounds).
High School: A SuperPrep All-American ... Voted All-Midwest by the Detroit Free Press ... Defensive Player of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Star Publications, Daily Southtown and the Hammond Times ... All-state by the Tribune and Sun-Times ... Voted all-conference and all-area by the Star Publications, Daily Southtown and Hammond Times ... Named a Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete ... Recorded 91 tackles, 24 sacks, two fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, two safeties and returned an interception for a touchdown his senior season ... Had 19 catches for 347 yards and four TDs on offense ... High school coach was Bill Mosel ... Also lettered in basketball ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Napoleon Bill Harris on 2/25/79 ... Son of Brenda and the late Napoleon Harris ... Communication studies major.
Harris' Career Stats
Year GP ST AT TT TFL INT PBU FR FF SAk
1998 12 19 13 32 2/5 1/8 1 1 0 0/0
1999 10 57 53 110 5/33 0/0 5 0 2 3/27
2000 12 66 49 115 13/60 2/50 6 1 0 3/25
2001 11 45 33 78 9/33 1/0 6 0 1 3/16
CAREER 45 186 148 334 29/131 4/58 18 2 3 9/68