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BC boots all-time leading rusher Montel Harris

BC boots all-time leading rusher Montel Harris

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
Montel Harris, Boston College's all-time leader with 3,735 career rushing yards, has been dismissed from the football team. The No. 23-rated running back for the 2013 class by NFLDraftScout.com, Harris received a medical redshirt after missing all but two games last season due to a left knee injury that also bothered him as a junior.

He was expected to return to a significant role in the offense in 2012, but aggravated the knee injury on the first day of spring drills, then was dismissed from the program for a "repeated violation of team rules."

Harris could apply for entry in the supplemental draft held by the NFL each summer, although his lingering knee issue and the circumstances around his dismissal from the B.C. program likely make that a longshot. The supplemental draft typically includes a handful of players who have left college programs for various reasons or had a medical hardship request denied by the NCAA.

Harris has good size at 5-9, 208 pounds and also has a black belt in karate. NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Rob Rang evaluated Harris last fall.

Rang's analysis: "As a runner, Harris is more of a glider, lacks the thick frame needed to be an inside runner and tends to run at one speed instead of displaying a burst. But in an NFL zone-blocking scheme that allows him to use his football intelligence, patience and instincts to find cutback lanes, his pass protection and receiving skills could come in handy as a reserve third-down back."

Harris initially committed to Duke but changed his mind after the coaching staff suggested he switch to defense. He found his way to Boston College, became the school's career rushing leader and was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List last year before the knee injury began the downward spiral.

"We are grateful for his contributions the past four seasons and will support him in completing his degree requirements and in his future pursuits," Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani said in a release.
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