Tag:Montel Harris Knee
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:50 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 9:50 am

BC RB Montel Harris cleared for spring practice

Posted by Chip Patterson

Boston College running back Montel Harris has been cleared to participate in spring practice, after missing all but two games in 2011 due to a lingering knee injury.

Head coach Frank Spaziani told ESPN.com's Heather Dinich the 2011 ACC Preseason Player of the Year has been cleared by doctors, but the coaching staff is still concerned about Harris' health.

“I’d be less than honest with you if I said there wasn’t a concern,” Spaziani told ESPN.com. “When this procedure was done on him, we were looking at four to six weeks being back playing and ready to go and it’s now been a year and something. That in itself is a little bit of a red flag and a concern, but there are no indications now that that will be the case, but once again, we had hoped we weren’t at this point, so there is that lingering concern until he does it.”

Harris broke the school's all-time rushing record (currently at 3,735 yards) in one of his two appearances in 2011, is the school's all-time leader in carries (786), and is the ACC's active leader in rushing yards and carries.

Spaziani told ESPN.com the main focus of the spring will be to get Harris ready for the season opener. The lingering knee injury kept him out of the Eagles' first three contests in 2011 - losses to Northwestern, UCF, and Duke. The Eagles have not gotten off to a great start in each of the last two seasons, and having Harris 100 percent healthy in the backfield will help Spaziani attempt to reverse that trend.

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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.
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