Dedrick Harrington
Dedrick Harrington

RS Senior

Mexico, Mo.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 245




Mizzou Football vs. Ole Miss

Sept. 9, 2006 Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field

  • 2006 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (Associated Press, Coaches)
  • 2006 Team Captain
  • 2006 Team Don Faurot Most Inspirational Player of the Year
  • 2006 Team Curtis Jones Champion of the Year
  • 2005 Team Linebacker of the Year
  • 2003 Big 12 All-Freshman Team (Sporting News)
  • Spring 2003 Team Most Improved Outside Safety

Extremely gifted athlete who has settled nicely into his middle linebacker role on the field, and has been a tremendous leader both on and off the field ... Is a team captain and is likely the most respected member of the team by everyone ... Has turned in career-best numbers in most categories, and he was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by league coaches for his efforts, in addition to winning team awards for most inspirational and champion of the year ... Ranks 2nd on the team (11th in the Big 12) with 95 tackles entering the bowl game, and has 4 outings of double-digit tackles, including a season-best 12 coming against Colorado and at Nebraska ... Ranks 4th on the team with 8 TFLs on the year (23 yards), and has also registered a career-best 3.5 QB sacks (17 yards) ... Has 275 career tackles entering the bowl game, which is just 8 shy of #15 on the Mizzou career list ... Had a string of three-straight double-digit tackle games (Colorado, Texas Tech and Texas A&M) ... Added 11 tackles and one pass break-up at Texas Tech and had 10 stops at Texas A&M ... Recorded his 1st interception of the season, picking off a pass in the 3rd quarter against Kansas State and added 7 tackles in all on the day ... Tied for 2nd on the team with 7 total tackles against Oklahoma ... Made 7 tackles against Iowa State ... Recorded a pair of sacks against Colorado in addition to leading the team with his 12 stops ... Has recorded a TFL in all but 3 games this season.

Had a breakout season in his second year playing the Mike position, starting all 12 games there and registering career-high numbers in most categories ... Ranked 5th on the team with 73 tackles, a career-high total, and was awarded the team's linebacker of the year award at the annual team banquet ... All of his numbers improved dramatically from a year ago, when he was in his first year as a linebacker, after playing safety as a freshman ... Ranked 2nd on the team with 12.5 TFLs for 58 yards in losses, and 3 QB sacks (25 yards), a healthy improvement from 4.5 TFLs and 1 QB sack in 2004 ... Was on the way to a big game in MU's bowl win over South Carolina, prior to breaking his arm, as he had 4 tackles, including 2.5 TFLs and 1 QB sack in just over 1 half of play ... Also got a knock down on the Gamecock QB in the opening drive of the game that was such a crushing hit that he had to go to the sidelines for 1 play ... Had a season-high 10 tackles at Kansas, including a QB sack of 8 yards, as the Tiger defense held KU to just 13 points on the day ... Had a solid stretch in games #5-10 where he averaged 9.8 tackles per game, including 8 each in games versus Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Nebraska and Baylor ... Had at least 1 TFL in each of those games, and turned in 2 TFLs in the OSU outing, including a QB sack for 9 yards on a crushing hit ... Also had 2 TFLs (8 yards) in game #2 against New Mexico ... Opened the year with a 5-tackle outing that was highlighted by his 1st interception since 2003, on a beautiful one-handed diving grab ... Forced a fumble against Texas and recovered one at Kansas State, as the Tiger defense held inside its own 10 yardline to thwart a KSU drive ... Had off-season surgery to clean up a shoulder injury that hampered him during the 2004 season.

Moved to linebacker and played in all 11 games, starting 5 of them, at the middle spot ... Had 43 tackles in his new position, including 4.5 tackles for loss (16 yards) and had 1 QB sack ... Had his biggest production in game #10 versus Kansas, when he had a season-high 9 tackles ... Had 6 stops against Ball State early in the season and that total included 1 QB sack and 1 other TFL on the day, as MU's defense pitched a shutout ... Opened the year with a 6-tackle effort against Arkansas State, and ended the season with a 4-tackle outing at Iowa State, which included 1 tackle for loss ... Also forced a fumble against Ball State ...Started in 5 of MU's first 6 games of the year ... Switched to linebacker in the spring after a standout season in 2003 at the rover position.

Named to the Big 12 All-Freshman by The Sporting News after totaling 64 tackles in 13 games (starting all 13) at the rover position ... Proved to be very productive, as he racked up 11 tackles for loss (48 yards), including 2 sacks (15 yards) and accounted for 4 turnovers (2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception) ... Made a huge play in the season opener against Illinois, as he thwarterd an Illini drive when he forced a fumble from behind by popping the ball loose from a tight end who had made a catch and was running inside the Tiger 20 yardline ... Also had a huge play in MU's historic win over #10 Nebraska, when he picked up a fumble in the 4thquarter and took it back 14 yards to the NU 9-yardline ... The next week, grabbed his first career INT, as he picked off OU Heisman winner Jason White and returned it 24 yards deep into OU territory to set up a field goal ... Sacked ISU QB Waye Terry in the regular-season finale for a 9-yard loss and also caused a fumble on the play ... Had a season-high 9 tackles vs. Texas A&M.

Redshirt year ... Was named defensive scout player of the week for his efforts during the week of the Nebraska game.

A standout wide receiver and safety at nearby Mexico High School ... Rated among the top-10 athletes in the country by Rivals.com and as the No. 1 athlete in the MoKan region by MoKan.com ... Was an all-state, all-conference and U.S. Army All-American as a senior on both sides of the ball ... Ranked among the top-50 prospects in the nation by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming ... Recorded over 75 receptions for close to 1,500 yards in his three-year career for the Bulldogs ... Amassed over 180 career tackles, five interceptions and five forced fumbles ... Was also Mexico's punter, averaging over 36 yards per punt, in addition to returning kicks ... Selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... An outstanding all-around athlete who was a four-year star in basketball and track ... Earned all-state, all-district and all-conference honors in both sports ... High School Coach - Todd Berck.

Son of Randall and Denise Harrington ... A national recruit who chose Mizzou over Notre Dame and Nebraska, among many others.

2003 13-13 40-24 64 11-48 2-15 2-1 1-24 4 0
2004 11-5 22-21 43 4.5-16 1-8 1-0 0-0 0 0
2005 12-12 47-26 73 12.5-58 3-25 1-1 1-0 3 1
2006 12-12 73-22 95 8-23 3.5-17 1-0 1-0 3 2
Totals 48-42 182-93 275 36-145 9.5-65 5-2 3-24 10 3
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