NCAA restores eligibility for Wake Forest RB Josh Harris

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Wake Forest will have RB Josh Harris eligible for 2013. (USATSI)
Wake Forest will have RB Josh Harris eligible for 2013. (USATSI)

Wake Forest's rushing attack got a boost on Friday when the NCAA restored the eligibility of senior Josh Harris.

Harris was declared ineligible for the 2013 season earlier this month. The school did not specify the reason for his ineligibility, but Harris and the school asked for a waiver so that he could play in 2013.

"I am happy that the appeal was approved," head coach Jim Grobe said. "I am excited to get Josh into camp."

Harris led the Demon Deacons in rushing last season, totaling 608 yards and five touchdowns. Across his three years Winston-Salem, Harris has rushed for 1,760 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Getting Harris back on the field is good news for a Wake Forest offense that plans to utilize the ground game more in 2013. According to Grobe, the team became more pass-happy with four-year starting quarterback Riley Skinner and now he would like to bring some balance back to the offense. Senior quarterback Tanner Price set a school record with 422 pass attempts in 2011 and then followed that up with 410 attempts a season ago.

"We plan on throwing the football a bunch, but we're trying to balance it out with more runs," Grobe said earlier this month.

While Price is considered a strong and capable passer, the offense ranked dead last in the ACC with 4.36 yards per play in 2012. Having Harris in the backfield will help the Demon Deacons goal of balancing the offense and improving those numbers.

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