Sunday, October 9, 2011
BC loses Montel Harris, Kaleb Ramsey
By Jack McCluskey Special to ESPNBoston.com
NEWTON, Mass. -- The hits just keep coming for Boston College football in 2011.
The day after the Eagles fell to 1-5 (0-3 in the ACC) with a 36-14 loss at No. 8 Clemson, the team announced that running back Montel Harris and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey will both seek medical waivers for a fifth season of eligibility.
"After speaking with Montel and Kaleb, for that matter, and our medical people, we decided to seek a medical waiver for both of them," Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said in his weekly conference call Sunday. "Our doctors just feel that their injuries preclude them from returning for the rest of the year. They want to come back and be part of the team and we just feel this is the best way to go.
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"We'll start the process immediately and hopefully these guys can get healthy and do whatever they have to do that way and hopefully return for their senior year. Hopefully they'll be injury-free, but there's no guarantees."
The seniors, expected to play big roles for BC as the school attempts to run its consecutive bowl appearance streak to 13, have played sparingly due to injury.
Harris missed the Eagles' last three games in 2010 after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee, then had a setback in training camp when he reinjured the meniscus in the same knee. The running back didn't play until Week 4, broke the school's all-time rushing record in Week 5 but reinjured his left knee in the process.
Entering the season needing 126 yards to surpass Derrick Knight's school record of 3,725 yards rushing, Harris will finish the 2011 season with 135 yards on 31 carries, giving him 3,735 yards.
Ramsey left the Eagles' season opener against Northwestern with a left foot injury, returned in Week 4 against UMass and played briefly before leaving the game again with an injury.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com.