HOOVER, Ala. – In his first season as a starter, Missouri defensive lineman Charles Harris posted 18.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. This year, he has his sights even higher.
When asked about whether Shane Ray’s Missouri sack record is in danger next season, Harris left no doubts.
“Oh it definitely is,” Harris said. “I already told him. Shane Ray knows it himself, he was sweating last year. This year, he’s in hot water.
“Right now, [the record] is 14.5,” Harris said. “So I gotta get 15.”
Harris is far from the first talented defensive lineman to come through the Tigers’ program. Previously, All-Americans Michael Sam and Aldon Smith tied for the Missouri record with 11.5 sacks. Ray’s record (14.5) was set just two seasons ago.
Harris will be a junior next season, but he already is being talked about as a potential first round draft pick. At this point, he does not know what draft grade would convince him to leave. His sights remains high.
“I think I’m going to be one of the best to ever do it – why shouldn’t I go first?” Harris said.
Harris is far from shy when it comes to projecting his pro potential. He went straight to one of the hottest names in the NFL: Von Miller.
“His ability, his variety of moves, his ability as a stand-up or a 3-point,” Harris said. “I don’t like to compare myself, but I feel like I’m a physical specimen.”