INDIANAPOLIS — Josh Harris is accustomed to standing in a class by himself.
The only long snapper invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine this week, Harris has another honorable distinction as the second member of his family to win a national championship with Auburn.
His maternal grandfather, the late Dr. James W. Morrow Jr., was in his first year at Auburn in 1957 when the Tigers won the national championship. Auburn has won two national championships in football, under Ralph “Shug” Jordan in 1957 and Gene Chizik in 2010.
“That experience was incredible,” Harris said of winning in 2010. “To be able to share that with him, even though he passed away since, just to have that between me and him and keep something like that in the family, that’s really cool. I don’t think many people can say they have two Auburn championships within the family.”
Harris, who has been long snapping since his early teenage years, wasn’t recruited to play at Auburn but decided to try out for the team before hanging up his cleats and solely focusing on academics. Four years later, he’s a national champion and an NFL draft prospect working out at the combine.
“I just grew up a huge Auburn fan and knew that was where I wanted to go to school,” Harris said. “I enrolled there as a student and attended the walk-on tryout the first day of class my freshman year and ended up making it. I’d like to say I did it all on my own, but I had a lot of help from family and friends, and they were really encouraging throughout the whole process.”
— Matt Florjancic, Special to NFL.com