Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
De'Jon Harris to return for senior season
Arkansas linebacker De'Jon Harris (8) lines up before a play during a game against Colorado State on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colo.
FAYETTEVILLE Linebacker De'Jon Harris will return to Arkansas for his senior season in 2019, a team spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.
Harris hinted he would return in a post to his Twitter account on Tuesday.
"But for all the long faces tonight," Harris wrote. "I got another year in me, so let’s rock out!"
Harris' post came in the hours following the announcement that quarterback Kelly Bryant would attend Missouri. Bryant, a transfer from Clemson, had visited Arkansas and was considering playing for the Razorbacks.
Harris led the Southeastern Conference with 118 tackles this season from his position at middle linebacker. He had nine tackles for loss, including two sacks, and recovered and forced one fumble.
The Associated Press voted Harris second-team All-SEC on Monday, but he was left off the coaches' all-conference teams that were released Tuesday.
Harris was one of three Arkansas defensive players who submitted their names to the NFL draft advisory board following the season. Cornerback Ryan Pulley and defensive lineman McTelvin Agim have yet to publicly announce whether they will return next season.
Juniors have until January to decide whether to remain in the draft or return to their college team.
It isn't clear whether Harris received a recommendation from the advisory board or if he decided to return to Arkansas before receiving a grade. Razorbacks coach Chad Morris said last week that advisory grades were expected back sometime in early December, but did not provide a specific date.
"It's our job to educate and provide them as much information as they need to make a decision of what's best for them," Morris said at his year-end news conference last Thursday. "We want to support them in that decision."
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