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Temple Owls RB Montel Harris Sets Single-Game School Rushing Record

Joshua Lindsey- US PRESSWIRE

Temple Owls running back Montel Harris has set the school’s single game rushing record by tallying 351 yards against the Army Black Knights– and coming within 57 yards of the all time Division I single game rushing record of 408 yards held by former TCU Horned Frogs star and NFL legend LaDanian Tomlinson.

Harris decimated the porous Army offense for seven touchdowns, finishing off what is quite possibly the best individual performance of the 2012 college football season so far.

The 5’10″, 227 pound senior running back for the Owls has been somewhat up-and-down during 2012, posting games of 142, 133 and 115 yards rushing but also posting games of 81, 72, 23 and 19 yards rushing.

Regardless of this inconsistency up to today, Harris’ performance is certain to have opened the eyes of NFL scouts who are constantly looking for the next diamond in the rough. With the short life-span of NFL running backs, we often see guys who aren’t expected come from small schools and programs that perhaps aren’t competitive overall, but have some good individual talent.

Could Montel Harris be one of the guys that gets an NFL opportunity due to his historic performance today?

Sometimes it only takes one game to open eyes, and Montel Harris certainly did everything in his power today to do just that.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

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