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Montel Harris undergoes surprise knee surgery

Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:20 pm
Boston College running back Montel Harris -- the ACC's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year -- underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this morning and is tentatively scheduled to miss the next three to four weeks, according to head coach Frank Spaziani.

Harris earned First Team all-conference honors last year when he rushed for 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing the final two games of the year due to a torn left meniscus.

Harris hurt his knee against Virginia on November 20 and had surgery soon after to repair it. His recovery time then was also expected to be three to four weeks, but he missed the Eagles' bowl game against Nevada January 9, approximately seven weeks later after pulling a nerve in the back of his left leg while stretching out the knee.

Harris complained that the knee "didn't feel right" following practice earlier this week and sought a medical opinion. The decision was then made for him to undergo a second surgery.

Steve Conroy of The Boston Herald was on hand to catch comments from Spaziani.

“I was very concerned about Montel in January. And I was very concerned about him in spring ball. I was feeling a little bit better when he was feeling better and I was telling you guys he looked like his old self. Now I’m very concerned again. And I feel bad for him, because he’s concerned, obviously,” said Spaziani.

It is a tough break for Harris, who at 5-09 and 200 pounds, will always have to answer questions about his ability to withstand punishment. Scouts will be sure to note that prior to the original knee injury, Harris has shown great toughness and dependability over his career -- as well as potentially record-breaking production.

An immediate standout for the Eagles, Harris broke the school's record for most rushing yards by a freshman (900 yards) and enters his senior campaign needing only 126 yards to eclipse the Boston College record for the most in a career (currently held by Derrick Knight with 3,726). Considering the fact that he's rushed for 3,600 yards in his career, Harris is also on pace to break the ACC record for most career yards. He needs 1,002 yards to catch former NC State standout Ted Brown, who set the bar at 4,602 yards back in 1978.

Harris is currently's No. 6 rated senior running back prospect for the 2012 draft and the 14th rated running back, overall.
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