Tag:Montel Harris
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:17 pm

ACC grants Tate, Harris, Ramsey medical redshirts

Randy Edsall and Frank Spaziani, the head coaches for the Maryland Terrapins and Boston College Eagles, respectively, are breathing a little easier after news that each would be getting back star players next year.

On Friday, the ACC announced its list of players granted medical redshirts. Four Maryland players were on the list, including outside linebacker Kenny Tate, a 2010 First Team all-conference pick. Five Boston College players were granted another season of eligibility, including the preseason ACC Offensive Player of the Year, running back Montel Harris and key defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey.

All three players were graded by NFLDraftScout.com heading into the season as possible top 100 selections in the 2012 draft.

The 6-4, 220 pound Tate earned his all-conference selection in 2010 while playing at free safety. When Edsall became head coach he asked the senior to make the move to the "Star" linebacker position. Tate took to the position quickly, registering 35 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss in just four games before a leg injury ended his season prematurely. Tate also intercepted two passes and forced a fumble in his brief 2011 season.

Harris, an instinctive 5-09, 216 pound back, was held out of the first three games of the season as he attempted to recover from a knee injury suffered in November of the previous season. He played in the next two, but wasn't able to finish against Wake Forest. Though he "only" rushed for 135 yards on the season, it was enough to put him at the top of school's all-time rusher list with 3,725 career yards.

The 6-3, 305 pound Ramsey suffered through a variety of injuries in 2011, missing time due to his back and shoulder, as well as the foot injury which ultimately cost him the season. Projected by some to enjoy the type of breakout senior season that helped BJ Raji and Ron Brace emerge as highly regarded prospects, Ramsey instead logged just two tackles on the season.

The injuries dropped all three players from NFLDraftScout.com's player rankings for the 2012 draft. A return to health, however, could make all three prospects factors for the class of 2013.
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:20 pm

Montel Harris undergoes surprise knee surgery

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 NFLDraftScout.com's No. 6 rated senior running back prospect for the 2012 draft and the 14th rated running back, overall.
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