Temple RB Montel Harris Is Making the Most of His Second Chance with Record Day

Darin PikeContributor INovember 17, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Montel Harris #8 of the Temple Owls is tackled by several Rutgers Scarlet Knights defenders during the third quarter in a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 20, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rutgers defeated temple 35-10. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Montel Harris was looking for a school to give him a chance to play after being released by Boston College earlier in the year. Temple obliged, and Harris showed his appreciation with a record-setting performance against Army.

Harris broke Temple and Big East records with 351 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He also ran for the most yards ever against Army, eclipsing Tony Dorsett's mark of 268.

The opportunity was set up for Harris when Matt Brown left the game with a hamstring injury. He registered the first two touchdowns in the game and accounted for 71 of Temple's 534 rushing yards.

Three of Harris' touchdowns came from one yard out. Two more came from 37 yards, one was a two-yard score and the other was a 60-yard effort, the longest run in the game.

Harris averaged 9.8 yards per carry. That equals the average in his prior career-high, a 264-yard effort against North Carolina State in 2009.

The path to Temple included four seasons at Boston College, but the team dismissed him from the program in May due to repeated violations of team rules.

Head coach Frank Spaziani was disappointed that his school's all-time leading rusher couldn't overcome his issue, but declined to share what rule(s) were violated, per a report by Matt Fortuna on ESPN.com.

Montel Harris has been permanently dismissed from our football team due to a repeated violation of team rules. We are grateful for his contributions the past four seasons and will support him in completing his degree requirements and in his future pursuits.

"There's a lot of aspects to it that are disappointing," Spaziani added before a long pause. "It's disappointing."

Harris joined Boston College's spring drills last February after being granted a medical-hardship waiver by the NCAA after appearing in just two games as a senior.

But Harris complained of soreness after the first practice, and he didn't practice with the team again.

Harris now has 948 rushing yards on the season after running for just 35 yards total in the first two games. He's surpassed 100 yards four times this season to go with a Boston College record of 22 100-yard games.

Temple has one game remaining, hosting Syracuse on Friday, Nov. 23. He can hit his third 1,000-yard season with 52 yards.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.