Tuesday, May 1, 2012
BC boots Harris, looks to RB depth
By Matt Fortuna
Frank Spaziani has said repeatedly this spring that a football team can never have enough running backs.
Never will that be more evident for the Boston College coach than now, as Eagles all-time leading rusher Montel Harris has been dismissed from the team for repeated violation of team rules. It is hard to replace a guy like Harris, who missed most of last season and almost all of this spring with a knee injury. His credentials:
- The ACC's leading rusher in 2010 and its preseason player of the year last season
- BC's all-time leader in rushing yards (3,735), carries (786) and 100-yard games (22), and third in school history in touchdowns (27)
- The conference's active leader in rushing yards and carries
- Within striking distance of the ACC career rushing yards record (NC State's Ted Brown — 4,602 yards from 1975-78)
Now BC is forced to move on without Harris, as it will turn to the trio of Andre Williams, Tahj Kimble and Rolandan Finch for more production.
Finch and Williams, entering their redshirt junior and junior seasons, respectively, are the elder statesmen of the group. Finch has carried the ball 185 times in his career for 839 yards and four touchdowns, with almost all of that production coming last season. With Williams and Kimble both missing most of the spring game with injuries, Finch rushed 27 times for 196 yards. The knock on him, however, has been ball security.
Williams has 978 career yards and six touchdowns on 219 carries. Kimble, entering his redshirt sophomore season, made strides this spring after 156 yards and a touchdown on 43 carries last season.
The responsibility for picking up the ground game is now on the shoulders of those three with one of the school's all-time greats officially out of the picture.