2017 NFL Draft

Montel Harris, RB

School: Temple  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Height/Weight: 5-8 / 208 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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04/08/2013 - 2013 Temple Pro Day: Temple's Montel Harris can follow in Bernard Pierce's footsteps...Representatives from 16 NFL teams gathered at Temple's pro day on March 21, where 11 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. The 40-yard dashes were run at first against the wind, and then a second time with the wind.

Montel Harris, RB (5-foot-8 1/8, 207 pounds) - Harris - who was at the NFL Scouting Combine - ran the 40 in 4.70 seconds against the wind and 4.56 seconds with the wind. He had a 30-inch vertical jump and stood on his 9-foot-5 broad jump effort from the combine). He did the short shuttle in 4.38 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.84 seconds. He also performed 21 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Last year, Temple had three players selected, including running back Bernard Pierce, who went in the third round and was a factor in the Baltimore Ravens' run to victory in Super Bowl XLVII. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

12/18/2012 - Temple tailback Montel Harris has accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game, according to SB Nation and the Shrine Game's twitter account. The college senior all-star game will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 19. Harris garnered all-Big East Conference honors after rushing 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. His average of 105.4 yards per game led the conference. The 5-foot-9, 207-pounder rushed for school and conference single-game records of 351 rushing yards and seven touchdowns against Army on Nov. 17. He transferred to Temple from Boston College in July. - Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer

12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Montel Harris, Temple, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian, has been selected First Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Preseason All-American Harris led the nation with 27 career 100-yard rushing games, including five with TU this fall. He led Temple and the BIG EAST in rushing with 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns on 196 carries on the season. Harris rushed for career highs of 351 yards and seven touchdowns (both school records and BIG EAST records) at Army. - Temple football

11/22/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: Keep an eye on: RB Montel Harris, 5-10, 207, Temple: Why you should watch him? Harris may have broken LaDainian Tomlinson's all-time FBS record of 406 yards in a single game if Owls coach Steve Addazio didn't pull him in the latter stages of the 63-32 win over Army. Harris still set Big East single-game records for rushing yards (351) and touchdowns (seven) in the victory. The senior back had five runs of 24 yards or more, including four carries of 37 or longer. Harris' combination of vision, decisiveness and shiftiness makes him an intriguing prospect. Season stats (nine games): 165 carries, 975 yards (5.90 yards per carry), 12 TDs. Player ranking: Harris is ranked No. 374 overall and No. 27 among RBs in CBSSports.com's latest player ranking. Harris' knee problems may explain the relatively low ranking, but he set the school record despite suffering a setback with his injured knee a week earlier. Up next: Harris concludes his collegiate career vs. Syracuse at home. The Orange rank fourth in the conference in rush defense (146.45 ypg). Friday, 11 a.m. ET (ESPN2). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

11/20/2012 - 11/19/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 5. Montel Harris, RB, Temple...It's tough for prospects with his questionable durability and character to improve their draft stock, but Montel Harris did his best on Saturday with a Big East single game record 351 rushing yards and seven touchdowns against Army. The Boston College transfer scored on runs of 60, 37, 37, 2, 1, 1 and 1, pushing his season total to a conference-best 12 rushing scores. While still far from a lock to be drafted, Harris has helped himself this season in the eyes' of scouts with 948 rushing yards, leading the Big East with an average of 105.3 rush yards per game.

His vision and feel as a runner is evident with the quickness to elude defenders, but his baggage might be too much. Despite setting the Boston College all-time rushing mark, Harris was dismissed from the program in May after several team violations, transferring to Temple in July and earning immediate eligibility. He has a history of knee issues as well, missing all of last season and reinjuring his knee this past spring. While he still has work to do before he earns a draftable grade, Harris certainly turned heads this week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Montel Harris, Sr., RB, Temple, Jacksonville, Fla.,...Temple running back Montel Harris, who was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, turned in one of the top individual performances in college football history to key Temple's 63-32 win at Army. He rushed for 351 yards and seven touchdowns - both BIG EAST and school records - on 36 carries. The yardage total ranks as the 15th-best in NCAA FBS history. Harris enjoyed his fourth 100-yard game of the season and the 26th 100-yard performance of his career - the most of any active FBS player. He entered the game against Army fifth in the BIG EAST in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns and ended the game as the conference leader in both categories. - BIG EAST football

11/17/2012 - Montel Harris rushed for a career-high 351 yards and seven touchdowns, Matt Brown scored twice before leaving the game with an injury, and Temple beat Army 63-32 on Saturday for its fifth straight win in the series. Temple (4-6) snapped a four-game losing streak, all coming in the Big East, by beating the nation's top rushing team at its own game, gaining 534 yards rushing on 57 carries. Army (2-9), which finished with 407 yards rushing on 62 carries, has lost 16 straight against Big East competition.

Harris, who had 36 carries, scored on a 60-yard run and a 1-yard run in the second quarter, a 1-yard run and a 37-yarder in the third, and a 2-yarder, a 3-yarder and another 37-yarder in the fourth to come within one of the NCAA record set in 1990 by Howard Griffith of Illinois against Southern Illinois. - AP Sports

10/15/2012 - WEEK 7 BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Montel Harris, Sr., RB, Temple, Jacksonville, Fla.,...Rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in a 17-14 overtime win at Connecticut. Registered his 24th career 100-yard game. - BIG EAST football

10/10/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: Keep an eye on: RB Montel Harris, 5-9, 205, Temple: Why you should watch him? Harris earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after rushing for 133 yards and 2 TDs in Saturday's win over South Florida. Harris appears to finally be at full strength after being hampered by a hamstring injury over the first month of the season. The Boston College transfer has exceptional vision, attacks creases aggressively and makes sharp cuts to confound tacklers. Harris left Boston College as the school's and ACC's all-time leading rusher. The senior running back has 23 100-yard rushing games, the most of any active player in FBS. A history of injuries and his diminutive stature might explain why he's currently projected to go undrafted. Season stats (three games): 163 rushing yards on 39 carries (4.3 ypc), 7 receptions for 65 yards, 2 TDs. Player ranking: Harris is ranked 509th overall and the 41st-highest running back in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: at UConn, 1 p.m. ET (Big East Network/ESPN 3). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Montel Harris, Sr., RB, Temple, Jacksonville, Fla.,...Harris was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 133 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns and had three receptions for 15 yards to help Temple to a 38-27 win against USF in the Owls' BIG EAST opener. A transfer from Boston College, Harris turned in his first 100-yard game in a Temple uniform and the 23rd 100-yard game of his career - the most of any active Football Bowl Subdivision player. - BIG EAST football

10/06/2012 - Marcus Green's blocked a late field goal attempt and Montel Harris scored two touchdowns to lead Temple to a 37-28 victory over South Florida in a Big East Conference matchup on Saturday. The game marked Temple's re-entry into the Big East since the Owls were kicked out of the conference in 2004. Temple snapped a two-game losing skid with the victory, improving to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the Big East. South Florida has lost four-straight after opening the season with consecutive victories, dropping to 2-4 overall and 0-2. Harris erupted for a season-best 133 yards on 24 carries and two fourth-quarter touchdowns. South Florida was in position to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. But Bulls' kicker Maikon Bonani's 45-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Green and picked up by Anthony Robey, who advanced the ball to the South Florida 35. - AP Sports

09/10/2012 - RB Montel Harris did not play at all. Addazio said he practiced last week, but the Owls' coach would like Harris at 100 percent going into the Penn State game.

09/05/2012 - RB Montel Harris looks as if he could be ready for Maryland after nursing a strained hamstring against Villanova. Addazio was a little noncommittal after practice on Tuesday, but said Harris "did a little bit of everything." - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - STILL NEEDS WORK: Senior transfer Montel Harris, Boston College's all-time leading rusher, was limited to six touches, five carries for 12 yards and a catch for eight yards. Addazio said he pulled Harris after halftime, with Temple comfortably ahead 28-10, with a strained hamstring. Addazio wanted to save him for Maryland. - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Montel Harris -- The 5-10, 207-pound transfer left Boston College as the school's all-time leading rusher and fill right in for the departed Bernard Pierce. He enters Temple with some staggering stats, rushing for a three-year total of 3,735 yards and 27 touchdowns on 787 carries. He was a first-team all-ACC selection in 2010, and amassed more than 1,400 all-purpose yards each season he played for the Eagles. - The Sports Xchange

07/09/2012 - Montel Harris, who is Boston College's career rushing leader but was dismissed from the team in May, has transferred to Temple, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Harris arrived on the Temple campus on Sunday, according to the report. Harris, who rushed for 3,735 yards and had 22 100-yard games for Boston College, was released from the Eagles' squad for repeated violations of team rules. He joins former Boston College wideouts coach Ryan Day, who is now Temple's offensive coordinator, and former Boston College offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers, now the Owls' quarterbacks coach. Harris was the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference offensive player of the year before the 2011 season, but he played just two games because of a knee injury and received a medical redshirt. He has one season of eligibility remaining. Because he had graduated and is taking graduate courses at Temple that are not offered at Boston College, Harris can compete in 2012 without having to sit out a season. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2012 - Is Temple in the running for Boston College's career rushing leader? The answer is yes, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports. After standout tailback Montel Harris was kicked off Boston College's football team, Feldman tweeted last week Harris " ... may end up at Temple [with] exEagle assts." Harris, who was released for a repeated violation of team rules, would reunite with former Boston College wideouts coach Ryan Day and former Eagles offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers if he transferred to Temple. Day is Temple's new offensive coordinator and wideouts coach. Rogers is the Owls' new associate head coach and quarterbacks coach. After receiving a medical redshirt, Harris has one more season of eligibility. Assuming he graduates, Harris can transfer anywhere he wants without sitting out a year if he takes graduate courses not offered at Boston College. - Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer

05/02/2012 - 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." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

05/01/2012 - Boston College running back Montel Harris has been permanently dismissed from the football team due to a "repeated violation of team rules," the school announced on Tuesday. "We are grateful for his contributions the past four seasons and will support him in completing his degree requirements and in his future pursuits," head coach Frank Spaziani said in an official release. Harris, the 2011 Preseason ACC Player of the Year, earned a medical hardship waiver after several setbacks to a left knee injury kept him out of all but two games in his senior season. He was cleared to participate in the Eagles' practice this spring, but was quickly shut down after a re-aggravation on the first day of drills. As Boston College's all-time leader in career rushing yards (3,735) and carries (786), Harris' absence was thought to be a major reason for the offensive struggles in 2011 - and hope for improvement in 2012. Harris has missed a majority of the Eagles' contact activity over the last 12 months, with every doctor's clearance seemingly followed by more swelling and soreness in the injured left knee. With Harris out of the picture, the running back duties will be mostly shared by junior Rolandan Finch and sophomore Tajh Kimble - both listed as starters on the 2012 spring depth chart. - Chip Patterson, CBS Sports

05/01/2012 - Senior running back Montel Harris has been dismissed from the Boston College football team due to a repeated violation of team rules, Coach Frank Spaziani announced today. "Montel Harris has been permanently dismissed from our football team due to a repeated violation of team rules," Spaziani said. "We are grateful for his contributions the past four seasons and will support him in completing his degree requirements and in his future pursuits." Harris (Jacksonville, Fla.) became BC's all-time rushing leader (3,735) last season in the Wake Forest game but has been sidelined recently with a knee injury. - Boston College football


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