Tag:Montel Harris Injury
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:35 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: Boston College



Posted by Chip Patterson


Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at Boston College.

Spring Practice Started: Saturday, February 18

Spring Game: Saturday, March 31

Three Things To Look For:

1. Replacing Luke Kuechly. Arguably one of the most dominant and decorated defensive players in recent Boston College history, Kuechly's early departure to the NFL has left a huge hole in the unit. Not only did Kuechly put up nation-leading tackle numbers for the last three seasons, but he was a swarming ball-hawk, exhibiting sideline-to-sideline speed and awareness that helped prevent the home run offensive play. That responsibility will fall now on sophomore Sean Duggan and junior Steele Vivitto - who likely will play outside linebacker. Kuechly was a leader by example for Boston College, and setting that same tone - both on the field and in the film room - is a responsibility to be claimed this spring.

2. With Montel Harris shut down, what is the identity of the offense? First-year offensive coordinator Doug Martin, formerly with New Mexico State and Kent State, has seen on film how the Eagles offense sputtered without Harris in 2011. It only took one practice for Harris to re-aggravate that left knee injury that kept him out of 10 contests last season, and questioning his availability for an entire 2012 season is a legitimate concern. Martin will have both Chase Rettig and Josh Bordner in competition for snaps at quarterback this spring, and he will have the (unfortunate) opportunity of creating his Montel Harris-less backup plan this spring.

3. Can Spaziani get back on track? Boston College may not leap off the page as an ACC power house to many, but until 2011 the Eagles had shown a constancy that that only a few of their fellow league members have displayed. The Eagles went to 12 straight bowl games from 1999-2010 before going 4-8 and missing the postseason. In recent years, bowl trips have helped cool "Frank Spaziani hot seat" talk, but now he needs results. The responsibility will eventually fall on Spaziani to get this new coaching staff on the same page this spring. The offensive staff for 2012 includes new faces at four of the five positions, including offensive coordinator Doug Martin. Improving the offense, which ranked dead last in scoring and total offense in the ACC in 2011, will be essential to getting the Eagles back to their bowling ways in 2012.

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Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:52 pm
 

Montel Harris (knee) out for spring practice

Posted by Chip Patterson

Boston College is just one workout into spring practice, and their most valuable offensive asset has already been shut down. Head coach Frank Spaziani announced on Tuesday that senior running back Montel Harris will not participate in the rest of spring practice due to a re-aggravation of the left knee injury that held him out of all but two games in 2011.

Harris participated in Saturday's first practice, but complained of soreness afterwards. The school's all-time leader in career rushing yards (3,735) and carries (786) underwent surgery on his left knee last August, and was granted a medical hardship waiver to participate in 2012.

Harris was cleared by doctors to participate in spring practice last week, but Spaziani admitted to ESPN.com's Heather Dinich there was concern about the possibility of re-injury.  The head coach indicated the focus of Harris' spring would be getting healthy for the season opener in September.

After Harris underwent the initial procedure on his left knee, the 2011 Preseason ACC Player of the Year was thought to be sidelined for only four to six weeks. The re-aggravation after just one practice should cause major concern for Spaziani and the rest of the Eagles' coaching staff.

Harris is the ACC's active leader in rushing yards and carries.  He is just 868 yards from overtaking NC State running back Ted Brown as the league's all-time rushing leader.  At ACC Media Day last July, the popular thought was that the record would be broken in 2011.  Even with an extra year of eligibility, the focus has moved away from 100-yard games to staying 100 percent healthy.  

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Posted on: October 6, 2011 6:53 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Montel Harris 'shut down,' faces uncertain future

Posted by Chip Patterson

Things just can't seem to go Boston College's way this season. ACC Preaseason Player of the Year Montel Harris has been "shut down," after re-injuring his left knee against in Saturday's 27-19 loss to Wake Forest.

"Montel had an MRI and he had a little swelling so we are shutting him down," head coach Frank Spaziani explained on Wednesday. "I haven't had time to discuss with Montel, but he isn't playing this week and next week we have off."

Harris was looking forward to the opportunity to write his name in the school and conference record books, staring down the top spot in career rushing yards at both levels. The senior missed the first three games of the season after undergoing his second arthroscopic knee surgery in a year before finally getting his first snaps against Massachusetts on Sept. 24.

Saturday's conference matchup against the Demon Deacons was Harris' first full load, and he delivered yet another 100-yard performance. Unfortunately, it was his final run of the game - one that made him Boston College's all-time leading rusher - where Harris re-injured that surgically repaired knee.

Making matters worse for the Eagles is the nagging ankle injury to backup running back Andre Williams. There are no certainties to Williams' availability for Saturday's showdown with No. 8 Clemson, leaving Deuce Finch and Tajh Kimble as the only remaining options in the backfield.

After a strong finish to 2010, the Eagles had high hopes for this season. But injuries and mistakes have plagued the team in their 1-4 start, and they haven't even hit the hardest stretch of their schedule. They only have next week's buy to break up a three road games against Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Maryland before returning home to face No. 23 Florida State on a Thursday night.

There are many (this blogger included) who believed the Eagles would ride the momentum of 2010's finish and utilize the four winnable home games at the start of 2011 to return to the postseason. But with arguably the easiest half of the schedule completed, it is going to take yet another miraculous turnaround for Boston College to be bowling once again.

The coaching staff is likely going to have to make some tough decisions regarding Montel Harris as well. With only two games of action, there is the possibility that Harris could apply for a medical hardship and return in 2012 for his final year of eligibility.

Shutting down your best player for the season could be viewed as a surrender on 2011 by the staff, and send a terrible message through the Boston College locker room. But if the chances of another re-injury are high enough at this point in the season, it might be best option. Not just for the future of the team, but most importantly for Harris' playing future.

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Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: September 16, 2011 11:51 am
 

Montel Harris (knee) questionable for ACC opener

Posted by Chip Patterson

It's time for your weekly Montel Harris injury update, and once again it doesn't look promising for Boston College fans.

Harris, the ACC's Preseason Player of the Year, has been slowly making his way back to the field after undergoing his second arthroscopic knee surgery in a year. Early prognosis after the procedure had him missing two games and returning to the field for the Eagles' ACC opener against Duke on Saturday in Chestnut Hill. Harris is officially listed as "doubtful" on the Boston College injury report, and head coach Frank Spaziani is starting to question his availability for the rest of the season.

Again, it just seems to be more bad news for the Eagles' offense. With offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers taking a leave of absence for health reasons, and Ifeanyi Momah suffering a potential season-ending knee injury, Boston College cannot seem to catch a break. The inability to find the end zone has the Eagles ranked 110th nationally in points scored, not a great trend heading into their ACC opener against quarterback Sean Renfree and the Blue Devils offense.

It is possible that Boston College could choose to redshirt Harris, and save his last season of eligibility for 2011. Harris has made his way back to the practice field several times since undergoing the surgery, and has expressed his intentions of playing to the media for several weeks. But it seems that every time the senior running back tries out the injured knee, he gets shut down by the training staff. Without Harris, the load will once again be on the shoulders of sophomore running back Andre Williams. Williams has rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns so far this season, but his intended role for 2011 was meant to be a compliment to Harris as the senior chased down the ACC rushing record.

As each week passes the chances of that record being broken, and the 0-2 Eagles returning to the postseason, seem to be dwindling.

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Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:33 am
Edited on: September 9, 2011 9:33 am
 

Boston College RB Harris (knee) ruled out for UCF

Posted by Chip Patterson

Boston College got off to a rocky start in their season opener, turning the ball over on downs twice in the fourth quarter on the way to a 24-17 loss to Northwestern. Preseason ACC Player of the Year Montel Harris sat out the contest as he continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. Harris told reporters he hoped he could be ready for the trip to face UCF this Saturday in primetime, but Frank Spaziani ruled the star running back out on Thursday.

Harris spent two days practicing in pads this week, but sat out on Thursday. His replacement, sophomore Andre Williams, looked sharp in Harris' absence and will be called on to step up again. Williams totaled 114 yards on 22 carries with a pair of touchdowns, but was unable to help as the Eagles offense constantly faced 2nd and 3rd downs with long distances on their fourth quarter drives.

The Eagles have battled health issues all fall, and things got immensely worse for the offense with wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Wildcats. The 6-foot-6 senior had eight catches for 157 yards in the opener, leading many to believe he could be that go-to answer sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig never had in 2010.

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Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:37 am
 

Boston College loses another RB to injury

Posted by Chip Patterson

Boston College fans received some troubling news when star running back and ACC Preseason Player of the Year Montel Harris underwent another arthroscopic knee surgery last week, his second in nearly nine months. The running back position took another hit on Sunday with second-string sophomore Andre Williams suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage.

According to the team's scrimmage notes, Williams carried the ball seven times for 42 yards before leaving the field with an ankle sprain. No word has been given on the severity of the injury, but it would seem likely that the back-up from Schnecksville, PA will miss the Eagles' opener against Northwestern on Sept. 3.

When Harris injured his knee last November, Williams put together a string of stellar performances in his absence. Williams totaled 363 yards and 2 touchdowns in the final three games of the season. Williams was expected to have a more prominent role from the start in 2011, taking some of the load of Harris' shoulders. With both backs recovering from injuries, the rushing duties for season opener will likely be in the hands of sophomore Rolandan Finch and redshirt freshman Tahj Kimble.
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:48 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 11:01 pm
 

BC RB Montel Harris undergoes knee surgery

Posted by Chip Patterson

Boston College's all-conference running back Montel Harris will miss 3-to-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery, head coach Frank Spaziani announced on Wednesday.

Harris, who was named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year at media day in Pinehurst, had his junior season cut short when he suffered a knee injury on Nov. 20. Even missing the final two games of the season, Harris still finished as the conference's leading rusher. The procedure Harris underwent after that injury was similar to the one Wednesday.

"I was very concerned about Montel in January," Spaziani said. "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, he's concerned, obviously."

Spaziani explained that Harris expressed concern regarding his knee earlier in the week, and getting it checked out they decided to scope the knee again.

Harris enters the season just 1,003 yards from becoming the ACC's all-time leading rusher. Considering his averages when healthy, many people believed that Harris could reach that milestone, capping off an impressive career at Boston College.  If Harris sticks to the projected recovery time, he would certainly miss the season opener against Northwestern, and likely the Eagles trip to face UCF in Orlando.  Then it would be the staff's decision whether to bring Harris back against Duke on Sept. 17 or Massachusetts on Sept. 24, both home games. 

Harris is an important piece of the Boston College offense, and at times last season he was basically the entire offense. Quarterback Chase Rettig came on strong at the end of last season and has looked better heading into 2011. The Eagles are also much deeper at running back this year, with Andre Williams, Deuce Finch, and Tahj Kimble all reportedly "looking good" in Tuesday night's scrimmage.
 
 
 
 
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