Longtime USC and UNLV staffer produced three 1,000-yard rushers in Las Vegas.
UNLV: The Mountain West Conference?s top returning running back and the first 1,000-yard rusher to come back for another season at UNLV since Kirk Jones in 1985 ... Only the sixth single-season 1,000-yard rusher in school history ... Looks to join Mike Thomas as the only two Rebels to ever post two 1,000-yard seasons in career ... A gutty, versatile athlete who moved back and forth across the ball during his college career but finally found a home at tailback a year ago ... Named preseason First Team All-MWC by Athlon?s and The Sporting News ? His five career 100-yards games (all in 2001) ranks him 12th all-time at the school ... Also an outstanding special teams performer who may return some kickoffs this fall ... A top student who is a three-time Academic All-MWC honoree ...
2001: Voted second team All-MWC by leagues coaches and media ... Named UNLV?s MVP on offense at team?s annual awards banquet ... Began season as No. 2 tailback but exploded for 131 yards (all in second half) on 24 carries vs. Arkansas in season opener and went on to post the fourth-best single-season rushing total in UNLV history with 1,107 yards ... His 226 yards on just 26 carries at Wyoming, which included a career-long 65-yard scoring dash, marked the seventh best day in Rebel runner history and first 200-yard game since 1995 ... Effort vs. the Pokes earned him MWC Player of the Week nod ? His 100.6 YPG average ranked 29th in the nation ... Scored 10 TDs rushing ? the fifth most in school history ... Also returned two kickoffs for 66 yards ...
2000: Lettered as a reserve defensive back and as a special teams contributor vs. Iowa State and North Texas ... Fractured his right fibula vs. North Texas and missed the remaining 11 games of season ... Moved back to offense after returning from injury during bowl practices ...
1999: Earned his first letter as a collegian ... Was a solid special teams player and finished with eight total tackles ... Rushed eight times for 65 yards, including a team-high 59 on just four carries vs. BYU ?
1998: Earned redshirt status after playing in first two games ... Finished with zero yards on four carries ?
HIGH SCHOOL: A 1998 graduate of Clifton HS ... Named first team all-state by the Associated Press as a senior as well as all-area and all-league ... Helped Mustangs to first playoff appearance in 15 years in 1997 as part of state?s top league ? the North New Jersey Interscholastic League ... Played three years at RB and CB for coach Jim Kelly ... Rushed for 1,455 yards and 21 scores as a senior ... Also caught a TD and returned one kickoff for six points ... Serving as team captain, he recorded 55 total tackles and grabbed six interceptions on defense, including one for a score ... Also lettered in lacrosse and was a member of the track team ... The Passaic County champion in the 400m dash as a junior ... Also ran the 100m, 200m and on the relay teams ... An honors student who maintained a 3.5 GPA ... A member of a peer leadership program and his school?s student council ...
PERSONAL: Joe John Haro was born on Feb. 19, 1980, in Arlington Heights, IL ... The son of John and Patti Haro ... Majoring in communications.
HARO?S RUSHING STATS YEAR ATT YDS AVG TD LG 2001 218 1107 5.1 10 68 2000 PLAYED ON DEFENSE 1999 8 65 8.1 0 38 1998* 4 0 0 0 3 TOTAL 230 1172 5.1 10 68 *Received Medical Hardship Status