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Bo goes
Heritage grad eyes transfer to JUCO ranks

CONYERS - Former Heritage football standout Bo Harris is leaving Auburn after just one season.

The sophomore linebacker, who played in 11 games last year as a true freshman, is not academically eligible at Auburn and plans to transfer.

"I wasn't doing too well with my grades," Harris told AuburnSports.com. "I'm going to go to a (junior college) and hopefully get back to a D-I school in a year.

"I'm disappointed. It's hard to go back and tell your mom something like that."

Harris was a backup outside linebacker for the Tigers in 2007, making one start against Alabama. He recorded four tackles against the Crimson Tide.

"Bo Harris is no longer with us," Auburn coach Tommy Tubersville said. "He got injured and has decided to transfer. We'll miss him because he was a good football player, but it just hasn't worked out."

Harris had shoulder surgery in December and did not play for Auburn against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He also missed spring practice.

Harris was listed as the third-string strong-side linebacker on Auburn's 2008 preseason depth chart.

"I had a great time here at Auburn," Harris said. "I have a lot of friends here. The coaching staff is good and everything was cool. It just didn't work out for me."

Last season, Harris registered 18 total tackles for the Tigers (8 solo, 10 assists). He also had one tackle for loss and one forced fumble, with both coming against Georgia. Harris also had three tackles against LSU.

At Heritage, Harris played quarterback, running back and linebacker. He rushed for 1,128 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior in 2005 for then-Heritage coach Al Pellegrino. He returned three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns that season for the Patriots.

In his junior season, he rushed for 859 rushing yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He also registered 34 tackles, nine sacks and three forced fumbles on defense.

Harris originally signed with Auburn in 2006, but he failed to qualify academically. He attended Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., for one year, playing linebacker, defensive end and running back for the Falcons.

He then re-signed with Auburn in 2007.

Jeff Gillespie can be reached at jeff.gillespie@rockdalecitizen.com.