The country’s active leading rusher at the FBS level (in case you didn’t know) is former Boston College running back Montel Harris, and he will play the 2012 season as a member of the Temple Owls. Harris has had multiple knee injuries in his career, most notably last year when he was coming off of two straight 1,000 plus yard seasons and a 900 yard year as a freshman, and the wear and tear on his body finally took its toll. The 5-foot-9, 208 pound back finished school at Boston College, and is eligible for graduate classes at Temple.
Harris missed much of last year with a knee injury and then he re-injured his knee this past Spring, and was kicked off the team for violating team rules repeatedly. He finished his career with Boston College with 3,735 yards and 30 total touchdowns, and he will be an immediate contributor to the Temple offensive attack.
The Owls lost star running back Bernard Pierce to the NFL Draft this year, where he was selected to the Baltimore Ravens in the third round. Harris is considered a mid-late round prospect, but obviously his injury and character concerns are the biggest reason why. He will be 23 at this point next year, and teams will have to do some digging into his background to make sure he is worth a selection in the draft. I think he will be really productive for Temple, but that will give him even more carries at the collegiate level where he has definitely taken a beating.