PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 1, 2012) – Rutgers senior defensive back Duron Harmon (Magnolia, Del.) has been named a finalist for the annual Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) Sportsmanship Award, it was announced by the organization. Given to one outstanding NCAA Division I collegiate football player who best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship, the award is now in its eighth year.
Former Scarlet Knight standout and current Cincinnati Bengal running back Brian Leonard earned the award in 2006.
Harmon, who is one of 10 student-athletes named finalists for the award, is in his second year as a starter and leader in Rutgers’ defensive secondary. He was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection at free safety in 2011, recording 49 tackles and ranking second in the conference with five interceptions. This season, Harmon has continued his strong play by recording 24 tackles (20 solo), 1.0 tackle-for-loss, one interception and five pass breakups.
Off the field, Harmon has compiled a cumulative 3.412 grade point average (GPA) as a Labor Studies major. He has earned All-BIG EAST Academic Team recognition twice, with those honors coming as a sophomore in 2010 and last season as a junior. He additionally made Rutgers University’s Dean’s List for the 2011-12 academic year with a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Outside of football and schoolwork, Harmon has made an impact in the surrounding community, highlighted by his constant presence at New Jersey’s Special Olympics event from 2010-12. He also pitched in his time at former teammate Eric LeGrand’s charity, Walk to Believe, in both 2011 and 2012. Additionally, Harmon has given his time and efforts to the Big Chill 5k Toy Drive (2010) and Urban Impact’s Hurricane Irene Cleanup Project (2011-12).
Rutgers returns to action at home in High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10 against Army, with a kickoff time to be announced.
To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must be a starting player or significant contributor on his team; be in good academic standing; demonstrate great respect for competitors, school, teammates and coaches; show an ability to accept victory and defeat graciously; convey a high degree of humility and integrity; and demonstrate commitment in the classroom and to the community.
For more details, visit www.arasportsmanshipaward.com.