Harris finding spotlight

March 25, 2001

Harris finding spotlight

Ravens defensive back basks in glow at Extra Effort


When Corey Harris walks around his neighborhood, he's not usually noticed as a member of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

The neighborhood, after all, is in Nashville, home of the Ravens' biggest rival, the Tennessee Titans.

So Saturday's trip to Hagerstown to receive Ravens Roost No. 7's EE Award at the 38th Annual Extra Effort Banquet was a welcome, and definitely flattering, trip to fans that appreciate the efforts of him and his teammates this past season.

"My wife and I own a restaurant and a night club, so after the season, we're right back off the field," said Harris, a reserve safety and special teams standout for Baltimore. "So to be recognized for your individual effort in a team cause ... it's one of the reasons that you play the game."


The 2000 season was one of serious recognition for Harris and his teammates. Winning a Super Bowl tends to do that, but the real recognition is yet to come.

"It's all just unexplainable. I don't think you can describe it completely; no words or analogies can do it," said Harris, a nine-year pro from Vanderbilt. "As a player ... when you get the rings, it will settle in.

"That's what everyone asks you about.''

If there is another ring in store for Harris, he may have more say in the matter.

He is the prime candidate to take over the starting spot in the secondary for Kim Herring, who signed with the Rams earlier this week. The only drawback would be possible limitations to his special teams work, where he led the team in tackles this season and is second in team history in kickoff return average.

"I'm excited about it ... we proved this year you needed three safeties and three cornerbacks to go all the way," Harris said. "Kim went down against Denver and I had to play.

"You have to have guys to move around. I'm going to go into every game like I'm going to be a starter. We have to find that third guy now that is capable of being a starter."

Now there's some recognition.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> At the banquet, county co-coaches of the year Glenn Cross of North Hagerstown and crosstown rival Greg Kellick of South Hagerstown were honored, along with the 37 members of the All-County team as a preface to the Roost's Gus Baker Memorial Award, a $2,000 scholarship to a senior.

Boonsboro lineman Jer Weddle, this year's recipient, saw what that scholarship could do last year, and hoped he could follow suit.

"I came as a guest last year, and saw Ryan Grabill (of Williamsport) win the scholarship," said Weddle, who will study environmental science and agronomy at either Delaware Valley College or Virginia Tech. "I kinda thought that would be nice."

Weddle was one of many seniors up for the award, including several going to prestigious schools on the East Coast.

"I'd always planned on going to school and had studied hard," Weddle said. "But there were a lot of guys with good grades and test scores. Just a lot of good guys. I was still really surprised."

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