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Robert Harris Studies, Hits Hard

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RALEIGH — Robert Harris is described with admiration and respect at Millbrook High School.

"Robert exemplifies what all coaches would like in a player," coach Earl Smith said. "He has the academics, he has the morals and when he steps on the field, he is a competitor."

"He has a great work ethic in the classroom and on the field," assistant coach Harry Jones said. "He is an outstanding gentleman until he puts on the pads, and then he is ready to take care of business."

Harris is Millbrook's bruising 6 foot 2 inch, 220 pound linebacker. He has been a huge factor as the Wildcats have coasted to a 11-1 record, a Cap-8 title and a place in the second round of the state 4-A playoffs.

"I've loved every minute of it," Harris said. "I try to enjoy everyday in practice whether we are running through drills or running plays. I try to enjoy every minute of the game."

Harris is a good student with over a 3.0 grade point average.

"He is determined to get things right, and is always ready for test time," Jones said. "He's always ready for class discussion or long-term assignments, and that's part of his attention to detail."

"My mother has raised me by herself, and she's been on me since I was little that I need to make good grades in order to get where I want to get in life," Harris said. "It's all fine and dandy to be a mean guy on the field, but when you leave the field you are just a regular guy. I try to treat everybody like I want to be treated."

Senior Robert Harris of Millbrook High School is this week's winner of the Extra Effort Award.