Harris claims record for most tackles in D2 history


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This file photo shows Connor Harris walking off field vs. Central Oklahoma on Sept. 1, 2016. Harris is now a member of the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.
Photo by Carly Fristoe

With his eighth tackle tonight, Lindenwood linebacker Connor Harris forever cemented his legacy as one of the top defensive players in the history of Division II football.

Harris is now the career leader in tackles for NCAA Division II with 522, surpassing the previous total of 517, held by former Winona State defender Deric Sieck. Harris still has nine games remaining in his college career to extend his record.

A pass play up the middle that was stopped by Harris with around eight minutes left in the third quarter gave him the sole possession of the record.

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Hover over the logos on the graphic below to reveal the total number of tackles has recorded against each team he has faced during his career with the Lions.

Graphic by Phil Brahm

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The linebacker entered the record book last season by breaking the single season tackle record with 184, beating the previous high by 15.

He will now set his sights on setting the record for career tackles at all levels of college football. The record currently sits at 550.

Despite Harris’ effort, the Lions fell 35-31 to Northeastern State and earned their first loss of the season.

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Contributions were made to this article by Walker Van Wey