Willie Harriott brings good speed and skills to the field and is ready to challenge for more playing time at cornerback and on special teams. With Tony Davis and Lydell Sargeant in their senior seasons, Harriott can play a role in developing depth at the corner spots this season. The former all-state selection from the Hyde Leadership School is a good athlete and his hustle and desire will be essential in his bid to gain more opportunities with the defense in 2008.
2007 Junior Season
Harriott played in seven games, including five of the last six, on defense and special teams. He made four solo tackles, with one hit against Wisconsin, Ohio State, Purdue and Temple. He saw action on 48 snaps, led by 14 in the 38-7 win over the No. 19 Badgers and 12 in the win at Indiana.
2006 Sophomore Season
In his first season on the field, Harriott demonstrated his athleticism and hustle against Temple. He threw the key block downfield that cleared the path for Derrick Williams to complete a 75-yard punt return touchdown, the Nittany Lions' first such score in four seasons. Harriott was on the field for 16 plays against the Owls and also saw action against Illinois and Purdue.
2005 Freshman Season
Harriott compiled a long list of accolades as a four-year starter at Hyde Leadership School. Playing for Coach John Acquavita, he was named to the Madison Square Garden Heisman High School team, honoring the top players in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. A four-time all-district and all-conference selection, Harriott was a first-team all-state pick as a wide receiver in 2004. He made 33 catches for 778 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior, with 281 yards rushing and three scores. He also returned two interceptions and three kickoffs for scores. An outstanding special teams player, Harriott punted and kicked and blocked four punts
Full name is Willie E. Harriott. He is enrolled in recreation, park and tourism management. Born December 25, 1986.