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A member of the Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2011 season, Harris already held the record for most carries in Boston College history (760) entering the year.
After he initially committed to Duke University, Harris changed his decision after the new Duke coaching staff suggested he switch to defense. A High School teammate of former Clemson running back Jamie Harper, Harris also has a black belt in karate.
After enrolling a semester early, Harris set the BC freshman rushing record in 2008 with 900 yards. He played in 13 games, averaging five yards per carry, scoring six touchdowns (five rushing and one receiving) and returning 20 kickoffs for 413 yards (20.7 avg).
In 2009, Harris started all 12 games, earning second-team All-ACC and SI.com All-American honors after picking up 1457 yards on 308 carries with 14 touchdowns. His production as a receiver dropped, however, from 20 receptions for 160 yards as a freshman to eight for 69 yards.
Harris garnered first-team All-ACC as a junior, rushing for 1,243 yards on 269 carries and eight touchdowns despite missing the final two games of the season due to torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.
Despite setting the Boston College all-time rushing mark, Harris was dismissed from the program in May after several team violations, transferring to Temple in July and earning immediate eligibility.
While he still has work to do before he earns a draftable grade, Harris helped his cause with a strong end to the 2012 season.
He is more of a glider lacks the thick frame needed to be an inside runner and tends to run at one speed instead of displaying a burst.
But in an NFL zone-blocking scheme, which allows him to use his football intelligence, patience and instincts to find cutback lanes, his pass protection and receiving skills could come in handy as a reserve third-down back.
His vision and feel as a runner is evident with the quickness to elude defenders, but his baggage might be too much.
He has a history of knee issues as well, missing all of last season and reinjuring his knee this past spring.
East-West Shrine Game® participant … 2012 first-team All-BIG EAST … 2012 ECAC All-Star … 2012 ESPN.com All-BIG EAST Team … 2012 CBSSports.com BIG EAST All-Conference Team … 2012 first-team All-BIG EAST by College Sports Madness … 2012 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic Performer of the Year … 2012 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football Team ... BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 19, 2012; Oct. 7, 2012) … ESPN Helmet Stickers (Nov. 18, 2012; Oct. 6, 2012) … National RB of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (Nov. 17, 2012) … OwlSports.com Athlete of the Week (Nov. 19, 2012; Oct. 7, 2012) … Senior Bowl Watch List … 2010 first-team All-ACC … 2009 SI.com All-America honorable mention … 2009 second-team All-ACC … 2008 College Football News All-Freshman honorable mention.
Led the nation in career 100-yard rushing games with 27 (five from Temple/22 from BC) … played in 10 games with nine starts at tailback … finished No. 10 on career charts for 100-yard rushing games (5) … top Owl in rushing … finished the season with 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns on 186 carries … also had 90 receiving yards and five punt returns … led the BIG EAST in rushing (105.4) and scoring touchdowns (7.2), while finishing second (to teammate Matt Brown) in all-purpose yards (116.6) and third in scoring (7.2) … in his final game, rushed for 106 yards on 21 carries against Syracuse … led the Owls in rushing with a career-high 351 yards and career-best seven touchdowns (both are BIG EAST and school records) on 36 carries in the record-breaking win at Army … had 173 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in the first half alone … marked the first 300-yard performance of his career … had 19 yards on eight rushes in very limited action against Cincinnati … recorded his third 100-yard performance with 115 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries at No. 12/10 Louisville.
Led TU with 72 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries at Pitt … had 81 yards on 19 carries against No. 19/17 Rutgers … put TU on the scoreboard with a 24-yard TD in the overtime win at Connecticut … top Owl with another 100-yard performance (2nd at Temple, 24th in career overall), finishing with 142 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries against the Huskies … led the Owls with 133 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in the win over South Florida, marking his first 100-yard rushing performance and his first TDs scored of his Temple career … also had three receptions for 15 yards … received numerous national honors … made his debut in the starting line-up at Penn State … finished with 23 yards on 10 carries while leading the Owls with 42 yards on three receptions … did not play against Maryland … had five carries for 12 yards in the first half in the win over Villanova … did not play in the second half (hamstring strain) … lettered.
Broke BC's all-time rushing record on a 26-yard scamper versus Wake Forest, finishing the day with 108 rushing yards on 22 carried ... carried the ball nine times for 27 yards and caught one pass for 16 in season debut against UMass.
BC's all-time rushing leader (3,735) ... all-time Boston College leader in carries (786) and 100-yard games (22) ... ranks third at BC in touchdowns (27) ... held the ACC record for most rush yards through junior year ... ACC active leader in rushing yards and carries ... ranked 10th and fourth in the nation in those categories, respectively ... ranks 15th on the ACC all-time rushing list.
Started 11 games before injuring his left meniscus against Virginia…All-ACC first team honoree…leads the ACC and ranks 16th in the country by averaging 103.6 yards per game…racked up eight 100-yard games and had six in a row before his injury…carried the ball 24 times for 114 yards and a touchdown against Virginia…rushed 23 times for 109 yards and a score at Duke…racked up 183 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries at Wake Forest…carried the ball 36 times for 142 yards vs. Clemson and caught a game-winning 36 yard touchdown pass…rushed 27 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns against Maryland…ran the ball 26 times for 191 yards at Florida State…tallied 111 yards on 19 carries against Virginia Tech and caught a career-high five passes…totaled 115 yards on 19 carries against Weber State.
Started all 13 games... SI.com All-America honorable mention...All-ACC Second Team performer...recorded eight 100-yard games, the fifth-most in a single season at BC...his 1,457 rushing yards were the fourth-most in a season at BC and 308 carries were second...eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in his career and ranks 10th in that category...ranked second in the ACC in rushing and 18th in the country...set BC sophomore rushing records in yards and attempts...finished the season with five-straight 100- yard games, which is the tied for the third most in a row at BC...rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries against USC in the Emerald Bowl...ran for 142 yards on a career-high 41 carries and caught a pass for 30 yards at Maryland...those 41 rushes tied the BC record in a game - Fred Willis also had 41 in 1970 - and were the fourth-most carries in a game in the FBS in 2009.
Tallied 132 rushing yards on 23 carries against North Carolina...rushed for 151 yards at Virginia on 38 carries...set new Boston College records with 264 rushing yards and five touchdowns against NC State...it was the fourth-best rushing performance in the FBS in the season and his 30 points were tied for the most...gained 179 yards rushing and scored twice against Florida State...carried the ball 15 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns and caught a six-yard touchdown pass against Northeastern.
College Football News All-Freshman Honorable Mention selection…Set a BC freshman rushing record with 900 yards on the season…broke Shelby Gamble’s 1979 record of 776 yards…also established a new freshman record with five 100-yard games…ranked third in the country among true freshman with 69.2 rush yards per game…had three rush touchdowns vs. Rhode Island, the first true freshman to score three times since Gamble…led BC with 113.8 all-purpose yards a game and 1479 total, doubling the amount of the second-most on the team…emerged as a running threat late in the game against Georgia Tech and saw action in every game since then…recorded 15 carries for 68 yards and five receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown against Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl…had nine carries for 34 yards and two receptions for 62 yards, including a career-high 51-yard catch against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game
Carried the ball 25 times for 118 yards against Maryland…had nine carries for 30 yards and five receptions for 18 yards at Wake Forest….ran 25 times for 121 yards and a touchdown in his homecoming at Florida State…had 23 carries for 120 yards against Notre Dame…rushed nine times for 13 yards vs. Clemson…had six rushes for 24 yards at North Carolina…rushed 15 times for 61 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech…recorded 37 yards on seven carries at NC State…ran for a career-high 143 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns against Rhode Island…recorded 13 carries for 113 yards against UCF…added three receptions for 23 yards vs. the Knights… rushed for 22 yards on five carries and caught one pass for 12 yards in collegiate debut against Georgia Tech…was not offered a scholarship until two weeks before signing day…enrolled in the spring semester and joined the team in the spring.
2010: Tore his LCL in his left knee on Nov. 20 and underwent surgery.
Earned Florida Sports Writers Association Class 2B All-State secondteam honors as a senior running back at Trinity Christian High School ... led the Conquerors in rushing, receiving and scoring for three consecutive seasons ... played for head coach Verlon Dorminey.
Montel Lamar Harris, born October 30, 1989 ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences ... selected to the All-Duval County Academic Football Team ... holds a black belt in karate ... Montel and his older sister Shienah are the children of Tonesia and Norman Harris.
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04/08/13 - 2013 Temple Pro Day: Temple’s Montel Harris can follow in Bernard Pierce’s footsteps...Representatives from 16 NFL teams gathered at Temple’s pro day on March 21, where 11 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. The 40-yard dashes were run at first against the wind, and then a second time with the wind.
Montel Harris, RB (5-foot-8 1/8, 207 pounds) - Harris - who was at the NFL Scouting Combine - ran the 40 in 4.70 seconds against the wind and 4.56 seconds with the wind. He had a 30-inch vertical jump and stood on his 9-foot-5 broad jump effort from the combine). He did the short shuttle in 4.38 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.84 seconds. He also performed 21 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Last year, Temple had three players selected, including running back Bernard Pierce, who went in the third round and was a factor in the Baltimore Ravens’ run to victory in Super Bowl XLVII. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
12/18/12 - Temple tailback Montel Harris has accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game, according to SB Nation and the Shrine Game's twitter account. The college senior all-star game will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 19. Harris garnered all-Big East Conference honors after rushing 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. His average of 105.4 yards per game led the conference. The 5-foot-9, 207-pounder rushed for school and conference single-game records of 351 rushing yards and seven touchdowns against Army on Nov. 17. He transferred to Temple from Boston College in July. - Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer
12/10/12 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Montel Harris, Temple, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian, has been selected First Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Preseason All-American Harris led the nation with 27 career 100-yard rushing games, including five with TU this fall. He led Temple and the BIG EAST in rushing with 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns on 196 carries on the season. Harris rushed for career highs of 351 yards and seven touchdowns (both school records and BIG EAST records) at Army. - Temple football
11/22/12 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: Keep an eye on: RB Montel Harris, 5-10, 207, Temple: Why you should watch him? Harris may have broken LaDainian Tomlinson's all-time FBS record of 406 yards in a single game if Owls coach Steve Addazio didn't pull him in the latter stages of the 63-32 win over Army. Harris still set Big East single-game records for rushing yards (351) and touchdowns (seven) in the victory. The senior back had five runs of 24 yards or more, including four carries of 37 or longer. Harris' combination of vision, decisiveness and shiftiness makes him an intriguing prospect. Season stats (nine games): 165 carries, 975 yards (5.90 yards per carry), 12 TDs. Player ranking: Harris is ranked No. 374 overall and No. 27 among RBs in CBSSports.com's latest player ranking. Harris' knee problems may explain the relatively low ranking, but he set the school record despite suffering a setback with his injured knee a week earlier. Up next: Harris concludes his collegiate career vs. Syracuse at home. The Orange rank fourth in the conference in rush defense (146.45 ypg). Friday, 11 a.m. ET (ESPN2). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
11/20/12 - 11/19/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 5. Montel Harris, RB, Temple...It's tough for prospects with his questionable durability and character to improve their draft stock, but Montel Harris did his best on Saturday with a Big East single game record 351 rushing yards and seven touchdowns against Army. The Boston College transfer scored on runs of 60, 37, 37, 2, 1, 1 and 1, pushing his season total to a conference-best 12 rushing scores. While still far from a lock to be drafted, Harris has helped himself this season in the eyes' of scouts with 948 rushing yards, leading the Big East with an average of 105.3 rush yards per game.
His vision and feel as a runner is evident with the quickness to elude defenders, but his baggage might be too much. Despite setting the Boston College all-time rushing mark, Harris was dismissed from the program in May after several team violations, transferring to Temple in July and earning immediate eligibility. He has a history of knee issues as well, missing all of last season and reinjuring his knee this past spring. While he still has work to do before he earns a draftable grade, Harris certainly turned heads this week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com