FAYETTEVILLE -Leotis Harris, the first African-American Razorback football player to earn All-America honors, will represent the Razorbacks in the 2011 Southeastern Conference Football Legends class. Harris will join legends from the 11 other league institutions at this year’s SEC "Weekend of Champions" which culminates with the SEC Football Championship Game on Sat., Dec. 3 at the Georgia Dome.
Harris will attend the SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T on Friday Dec. 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. CBS’ Verne Lundquist will serve again as the master of ceremonies for the 2011 SEC Legends Dinner. The legends will also be recognized on the field prior to the kickoff of the championship game.
A standout on the offensive line, Harris became the Razorbacks’ first black All-American football player. From 1974-77, the Little Rock, Ark., native played offensive guard for one of the most dominating offensive lines and prolific offenses in school history. He earned All-America and All-Southwest Conference honors as a senior in 1977 after helping the Hogs to an 11-1 record and a victory in the 1978 Orange Bowl. Arkansas averaged 412.9 yards of total offense in 1977, including 273.7 rushing yards per game. In Harris’ sophomore season, he helped the Razorbacks to a school record 320.3 yards per game on the ground and a share of the SWC Championship.
Harris was named to the Razorback All-Century Team selected in 1994 as part of the UA football centennial celebration. He is also a member of the 1970s All-Decade Team. He was a sixth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 1977 NFL Draft. He spent six seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman for the Packers (1978-83), starting 55 games. In 2005, Harris was named to the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.