Broken hand and all, Trent Harris earns ACC DL of the Week honors

Trent Harris strips Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas during Miami's 35-21 win. (Getty Images)

Trent Harris strips Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas during Miami’s 35-21 win. (Getty Images)

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A busted hand didn’t keep Trent Harris from hurting Georgia Tech.

Harris, a junior defensive end, was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in Miami’s 35-21 win in Atlanta last Saturday.

Wearing a wrap on the left hand he broke a month ago, Harris recorded career highs in sacks (two), tackles for loss (three) and tied his career highs in tackles (seven) and solo tackles (six).

He also forced a fumble, the first time he did that as a Hurricane. Freshman linebacker Shaq Quarterman scooped it up and ran 17 yards for a touchdown. Harris, as shown in the image above, punched the ball with his right hand.

Harris (6-2, 250), from Winter Park, wore a pillow-like wrap on his hand in previous weeks but used a thinner version last week.

UM’s previous coaching staff gave him the nickname “Toolbox Trent” because of his versatility. They used him at several linebacker and defensive end positions. He is starting this year as a “Viper,” UM’s name for a pass-rushing defensive end.

He is the second Miami player to earn a weekly honor this year. Freshman receiver Ahmmon Richards was co-rookie of the week after his 142-yard game Sept. 17 at Appalachian State.

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