Almost as quickly as he was dismissed from Boston College for “multiple violation of team rules”, running back Montel Harris has found a new home.
Per The Philadelphia Inquirer, Harris, BC’s all-time leading rusher, will play for the Owls this season and is reunited with former Boston College offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers and receivers coach Ryan Day.
Harris will presumably be a candidate to take the proverbial baton from workhorse Bernard Pierce, who was drafted by the Ravens this past spring after finishing with nearly 1,500 yards and 27 rushing touchdowns last season.
Harris’ 2011 campaign was much different. Despite breaking Derrick Knight’s previous rushing record for the Eagles with 3,735 career yards, Harris missed much of the year with nagging injuries stemming from a knee problem that sidelined him for BC’s 2010 regular season finale and bowl game. He was initially cleared to participate in spring practices this year, but soreness would ultimately eliminate any offseason return.
Harris had already received a medical hardship from the NCAA to participate this season.
It’s a good acquisition for the Owls and their run-heavy offense — Temple finished seventh in that offensive category last season — but the passing game continues to be sorely lacking.