Out of sight, out of mind, seems to have been the case with ACC fans and Boston College running back Montel Harris, who missed most of last season recovering from a knee injury.
As the Eagles prepare to open spring ball on Saturday -- with Harris -- here’s a quick reminder why you shouldn’t overlook him in 2012:
He was the 2011 ACC preseason Player of the Year.
He broke the school’s all-time rushing record last year against Wake Forest and enters spring ball with 3,735 career yards.
He is the school’s all-time leader in carries (786) and 100-yard games (22), and ranks third in touchdowns (27).
He held the ACC record for the most rushing yards through junior year.
He is the ACC’s active leader in rushing yards and carries.
BC coach Frank Spaziani said Harris has been cleared to participate in spring practices, but that the staff won’t push him too hard because they already know what he can do.
“It’s not a matter of us seeing where Montel fits in, it’s a matter of us managing what he does,” Spaziani said. “We did that with him last year a little bit, and we’ll certainly utilize him the best way we can to have him ready for the opening game next fall. That’s how Montel’s spring will go.”
Harris was granted a medical hardship waiver and an extra season of eligibility. Spaziani said there is still some concern about Harris re-aggravating the knee injury.
“I’d be less than honest with you if I said there wasn’t a concern,” Spaziani said. “When this procedure was done on him, we were looking at four to six weeks being back playing and ready to go and it’s now been a year and something. That in itself is a little bit of a red flag and a concern, but there are no indications now that that will be the case, but once again, we had hoped we weren’t at this point, so there is that lingering concern until he does it.”
Don’t forget, though, that he’s done it before.