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Harvey finished his stellar career at Marshall tied for fifth in total tackles on the school's all-time list with 420. He was also named a Butkus Award semifinalist, the only one of the 15 players selected to play for a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference.
Harvey started three of the nine games in which he played in as a true freshman in 2007 and recorded 53 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, a sack and a forced fumble. He started all 12 games for the Thundering Herd in 2008, totaling 107 tackles, seven for a loss, and 4.5 sacks. Conference USA coaches awarded him first-team honors in 2009 after he accumulated 117 tackles, 8.5 for a loss, and seven sacks. With high expectations entering his senior season, Harvey didn't disappoint -- his 143 total tackles ranked fourth in the nation, and he also posted 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. The first-team All-Conference USA pick saved his best for last, racking up 21 stops and two sacks in his final game for the Herd against Tulane.
Harvey's production at Marshall might mask the fact that he's undersized and had a difficult time shedding blocks against Conference USA competition. He gets washed out fighting through traffic and could really struggle inside in the NFL. He has shown the ability to make plays, however, and that should be enough to warrant a draft selection as a special teams contributor and potential reserve inside/outside linebacker for teams willing to overlook his limited height because of his athleticism and nose for the ball.
Positives: Reads the action in the backfield well. Accelerates quickly after recognizing the play. Pretty good athlete with good quickness. Can get to the sideline before ballcarriers do and has a good nose for the ball and finds a way to get in on the majority of the plays. Moves well laterally. Sheds blocks well when flowing to the sideline on outside runs. Decelerates quickly and does a good job of not overrunning the play. Has a low center of gravity with good balance. Wraps up well and tackles with good form, rarely missing. Hits with explosion and can drive ballcarriers back. Chases down ballcarriers with aggression, attacks sweeps and stretch runs. Rushes the passer effectively as both a blitzing linebacker and with his hand on the ground. Quick off the ball when lined up at defensive end. Durable and was considered a leader by his teammates.
Negatives: Undersized and gets engulfed by big offensive linemen between the tackles. Seems uncomfortable working his way through traffic. Turns his body and does not take on blocks head-on. Plays flat-footed at times and will struggle to take shed blocks. Could be more aggressive with his hands and first step when blitzing, but needs to expand his arsenal of pass-rush moves. Can be fooled by misdirection at times. Motor runs hot and cold and will occasionally quit early if he doesn't think he can get in on the play. Appears uncomfortable in pass coverage. Has poor awareness in zone coverage and gets overwhelmed by multiple receivers in his area.
First-team All-Conference USA honors in 2009 by posting a team-high 117 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He also added 10 quarterback hurries while terrorizing opposing offenses. The six-foot, 250-pound cog is aptly nicknamed “Thumper” for his hard hitting.
Started in all 12 games at linebacker...named C-USA Honorable Mention at Linebacker...notched 107 tackles (43 unassisted)...opened the season with an interception for 29 yards against Illinois State...had 7.0 tackles for a loss of 42 yards...recorded 16 tackles against Tulsa...had back-to-back 14-tackle games against East Carolina and UCF...finished the season with 4.5 sacks, two coming against Cincinnati.
Saw significant action in nine games and started three contests...recorded 53 total tackles with 28 of those being solo stops...added 3.5 tackles for a loss of 18 yards...also recorded a sack and forced a fumble...earned his first start at UCF on Nov. 3 and responded with an 11-tackle performance that included 10 solo tackles...credited with a season-high 13 tackles and his first career sack in Marshall's win over East Carolina...registered seven tackles at Houston...missed the season finale with UAB due to injury.
Sat out the 2006 season after enrolling at Marshall and joined the football program in August.
Rated as a top-30 prep player by Rivals in 2005 after finishing his prep career at Hargrave...sat out the 2006 season after enrolling at Marshall and joined the football program in August.
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12/30/14 - LB Mario Harvey was signed by the Jets to a reserve/future contract on Monday (Dec. 29) for the 2015 season. He ended the 2014 season on the practice squad.
12/17/14 - LB Mario Harvey was signed to the Jets' practice squad on Tuesday. The Jets listed Harvey as a linebacker, though he played fullback this summer for the Colts, who waived him from reserve/injured Oct. 3. Harvey spent the previous two seasons as a linebacker appearing mostly on special teams with the Colts, who signed him in January 2012. He originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall in 2011.
12/16/14 - LB Mario Harvey was signed by the Jets to their practice squad Tuesday (Dec. 16).
10/03/14 - LB Mario Harvey was waived from reserve/injured with an injury settlement by the Colts Friday (Oct. 3).
09/29/14 - LB Mario Harvey was waived/injured by the Colts Saturday (Sept. 27). He cleared waivers Monday and was placed on reserve/injured. Harvey played in 28 career games with the Colts (2012-14) and recorded 15 tackles (13 solo) and 16 special teams stops. In three games this season, he posted one special teams tackle, spending time at both the fullback and inside linebacker positions. Harvey was originally signed by the Colts to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 20, 2012.
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