Miami Dolphins rookie Charles Harris’ first career sack clinches win

Miami Dolphins defensive end Charles Harris celebrates after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Cassel. It was his first career sack. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

MIAMI GARDENS — Charles Harris’ first career sack could not have come a better time.

Harris blew around left tackle Dennis Kelly on a third-and-nine with less than four minutes to play and the Titans trailing the Dolphins by only six points.

Harris’ take down of Matt Cassel was a key play in Miami’s victory.

“All game they were chipping me,” Harris said after the game. “All game they were trying to confuse me. But in listening to coach and listening to the game plan. They brought me here to get off the ball and get sacks so that’s what I did. I stuck to the fundamentals.”

Harris, Miami’s first-rounder, has admitted to a slowly building start to his NFL career.

“It’s not pressure,” said Harris, who also had two quarterback hits and a pass deflection. “It’s just a hunger. Wanting to get the first sack. Wanting to get multiple sacks. There’s only more to come.”

Harris said veterans like Cam Wake, William Hayes and Andre Branch have been encouraging.

“Those guys kept telling me keep my head up,” Harris said. “And that’s what I did throughout the course of the game. Be patient. Learn my craft. Learn to be a pro.”

Wake was glowing about Harris after the game.

“That first one is always a great one,” Wake said. “I know he’ll remember that the rest of his career. I really feel like that’s just the beginning. He has so many gifts, talents. He’s a hard worker. He’s obviously explosive. Physically, mentally, he has all the pieces.”

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