Wake Forest has lost an important piece of their offense for 2013. Assuming he isn’t given a special waiver from the NCAA, that is.
The university confirmed to the AP on Thursday that Josh Harris, the team’s leading rusher from 2012, is ineligible. Wake Forest has asked the NCAA for a waiver to restore Harris’ eligibility and a final decision should come in the next couple of weeks.
The school did not expand on why Harris was ineligible, but Demon Deacons coach Jim Grobe told the Winston-Salem Journal on Wednesday that it was related to academics.
“This is disappointing because it could be his (college) career,” Grobe told the paper. “Usually, you aren’t shocked when young guys do stuff, but when the old guys get in this position you feel more because they’re out of time. There’s no wiggle room left. So that’s what’s disappointing.”
Harris, a senior, rushed for 608 yards and five touchdowns last year.
Additionally, linebacker Zach Allen is ineligible for academic reasons. The school has also applied for a special waiver to get him cleared to return.