Deacons get top RB Josh Harris back

Wake Forest leading rusher Josh Harris had his eligibility restored following an appeal to the NCAA, the school announced on Friday.

Coach Jim Grobe told ESPN.com in July that Harris didn't qualify academically at the end of the spring semester. Harris led the Deacs with 608 yards and five touchdowns last season and was penciled in to start once again this fall. He is expected to join the team for preseason camp within the next few days.

“I am happy that the appeal was approved,” Grobe said in a prepared statement. “I am excited to get Josh into camp.”

Wake Forest has struggled to run the ball consistently over the past several seasons, and last year was no exception as Wake Forest ranked No. 113 in the nation. Harris rushed for 1,760 career yards during his first three seasons as a Demon Deacon, but his durability has also been a question as he has been hampered by injuries throughout his career. He enters this season with 15 career rushing touchdowns.