Montel Harris, the leading rusher in Boston College history, has decided to transfer to Temple where he will be eligible to play immediately after enrolling as a graduate student for the Owls.
The 5-10, 207 Harris will have one year of eligibility remaining as he arrives at Temple, looking to continue the success the Owls have had running the football the past few seasons.
He arrives after Bernard Pierce, last years leading rusher (1,481 yards, 27 touchdowns) left for the NFL. Pierce was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in April where he will help out All-Pro Ray Rice after the retiring of Ricky Williams.
Harris was dismissed from the Eagles football team in May by coach Frank Spaziani for continued violations of team rules. Harris’s time was up in Chesnut Hill.
He leaves BC where he was the 2011 preseason Atlantic Coast Conference offensive player of the year after rushing for 1,243 in 2010. Harris missed the final game of the year due to a knee injury that has plagued him until recently. During the Eagles spring practice, Harris re-injured the knee during the first few days of practice.
Harris will be reunited with former BC assistants Ryan Day, Temple’s offensive coordinator, and Kevin Rogers, Temple’s new quarterbacks coach.
If Harris can stay healthy, which has been difficult for him to do, it will give Temple immediate experience in the backfield as they head to the Big East Conference. The Owl’s will have to also replace four starters on the offensive line.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.