Aug. 16, 2011
AUBURN -- Tradition never graduates. Though the 2011 BCS National Championship is in the rearview mirror, the Auburn Tigers continue to press on toward success on the field and off it. As Saturday, September 3, grows closer, we introduce you to some of the men who will take the field at Jordan-Hare this year.
Josh Harris | Deep snapper | Senior | Carrollton, Ga.
The most important thing football has taught me is teamwork. It has taught me that no one is above the team and every one working for a common goal. It takes everyone for something to work together not just individuals.
My favorite movie is Top Gun.
My teammates would describe me as someone who is a pretty easy going guy, but when it comes down to it, I work as hard as I can. I might be a snapper, but I am going to be there doing my job, just like I expect them to do their job.
I chose to come to Auburn because my grandpa played here and was a part of the 1957 National Championship team. I grew up a huge Auburn fan. This was the only place I wanted to go to, and it was the only school I applied to.
My favorite player growing up was Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos. I used to be a running back. His No. 30 Broncos jersey is the only jersey I have to this day.
The most important thing to remember when you are a long snapper is knowing that the outcome of plays are always in your hand. It's just one of those deals where you want to go unnoticed. When you do your job, no one notices you.
I first started being a long snapper when I was in seventh grade. The coach just told me I had to. I never really had anybody to teach me how to snap. I ended up teaching myself.
While I am at Auburn, I want to win another championship. Last year was just unbelievable. That's just a childhood dream. Every kid wants to win. For this year, I have the same expectations as we did last year. I don't see it as rebuilding, I see it as rebuilding.
After my football career is over,
I want to go to law school. I want to end up in the sports consulting side and do some agency work. That is my ultimate goal.
Being the snapper for the game-winning field goal at the National Championship Game was incredible. For anybody who is a snapper, that is a dream come true. You watch the game winners on TV, but in the National Championship game that is just unbelievable. I am more nervous watching now looking back on it, than I was at the game.
I will never eat olives. I will eat anything, but I don't like olives.
One song on my iPod that no one would believe that I have is Natasha Beddingfield's "Unwritten".
One thing that people would be surprised to find out about me is that I love action sports. I love skateboarding and wakeboarding, but now I try not to do those things so I don't get hurt.
The most influential person in my life has been my grandpa. He played here and he always gave me something to aspire to, and when he passed away, it made me want to follow in his footsteps even more.
My biggest fear is snakes. I had a pet snake when I was a kid, but now, I am afraid of them.
If I could spend a day with anybody, it would be Tiger Woods. I am a huge golfer, and even though he has been through a lot lately, he is still one of the greatest of all time.
The best advice I have ever gotten was from my dad. He grew up wrestling and he would always tell me to keep my head up and make every shot a good one, and that applies to a lot of things.
One thing that I have accomplished that I never thought was possible was winning a national championship. I wasn't really recruited out of high school to play anywhere. I walked on and to have that happen last year was unbelievable.
If I could visit any place in the world, it would be to go back where I was born. I was born in Germany, and I have never really gotten a chance to go back over there. I have been so busy here, but I would really like to go back.
I am superstitious so I always a towel with me. I always want to make sure my hands are dry. This is weird, and I have never told anybody this, but when I shower before games, I really wash my hands. It's the weirdest thing. I did it my first year and kept doing it.
My closest friends on the team are Philip Lutzenkirchen and Chandler Brooks. Those two are my roommates, so they are probably my closest friends.