TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State defensive back Mike Harris and offensive lineman Andrew Datko joined teammates Nigel Bradham and Zebrie Sanders as Saturday selections in the 2012 NFL Draft. Harris was taken with the 176th pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars while Datko was the 241st pick in the seventh round by the Green Back Packers. Both joined Nigel Bradham (105th, fourth round, Buffalo Bills) and Zebrie Sanders (144th, fifth round) as Saturday Seminole draftees.
“I’m very proud of Mike,” FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I know it was a very long process for him and a dream come true. Mike did a phenomenal job for us. He’s a winner. “He’s a guy who’s very instinctive, who understands the game and can play a multitude of positions. I’m happy he’s going to have this opportunity and I know he’s going to do very well.”
Harris is the 36th Nole defensive back to ever be drafted — the most of any position at FSU.
“I’m happy to have an opportunity to go up and start an NFL career close to home. It’s just a great opportunity to get drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. I’m really looking forward to it.”
A junior college transfer, Harris finished his career with 99 career tackles (76 unassisted), six tackles for loss, 15 passes defended and five interceptions in just two seasons as a Seminole.
As a senior in 2011, he was part of a three-man starting rotation at cornerback in helping FSU rank as the No. 4 defense nationally – second-best defense against the run and No. 20 in pass defense He also served as the nickelback but started seven games at either field or boundary corner. He was recipient of the Don Powell Award at the team’s annual banquet which is given to the unsung Hero.
Harris finished as Florida State’s second-leading tackler with 58 stops (43 unassisted, 15 assisted) while also adding six tackles for loss, a team-best nine pass break-ups, one sack and an interception in 2011. He earned first career start vs. ULM, registering two tackles and a half-tackle for a loss. He tied for the team lead with nine tackles against then No. 1 Oklahoma and made a season-best 11 stops at Clemson. He intercepted his first pass of the season at Florida and returned it 89 yards, which was the seventh longest INT in FSU history and second-longest not resulting in a TD.
“They’re getting a smart player, someone who’s willing to do anything to help the team succeed and be successful as an organization,” Harris said. “I’m looking to go in and contribute anyway I can to help the team win football games.”