- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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OK, so Montel Harris might have to settle for transforming tonight.
Big deal? Probably not for the active FBS career rushing leader. But Friday marks his Big East debut, and this is the Big East blog, so readers and fans will get their introduction to the former Boston College running back in Week 1, in addition to an introduction to his new school, Temple.
That starts tonight, when the Owls take on neighbor Villanova in what may be the final Mayor's Cup matchup between the two. It will be a long time coming for Harris, who had arthroscopic left knee surgery before the 2011 season, which he entered as the preseason ACC offensive player of the year.
Harris only made it through two games in 2011, but in December the NCAA granted him an extra year of eligibility. He re-injured his knee in the spring, and then Eagles coach Frank Spaziani kicked him off the team for what was announced as a "repeated violation of team rules."
Now Harris is in Philadelphia, playing for a pair of former BC assistants in Ryan Day and Kevin Rogers. And, in addition to a healthy body, he has brought along 3,735 career rushing yards, which is now his old school's career record.
It's one last go-round for a record-setting running back, who has the chance to make an immediate impact on his new squad -- which, incidentally, is looking to make an immediate impact in its new league.