Montel Harris chasing 33-year-old record

Boston College running back Montel Harris needs 1,003 yards to break the ACC’s 33-year-old record for career rushing yardage.

He’s going to get it.

Harris rushed for 1,457 yards in 2009. He ran for 1,243 yards last year, despite missing the final two games with a knee injury.

If he stays healthy, there’s no reason Harris can’t graduate as the ACC’s all-time leading rusher, a remarkable accomplishment for an unheralded recruit. Harris currently has 3,600 career yards, the most by a junior in conference history. NC State All-America Ted Brown ran for 4,602 yards during the 1975 through 1978 seasons.

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Harris is tied with the former FSU All-American with 21 100-yard games for the third most in league history. And he’s not done yet. Harris also has 27 career touchdowns and led the ACC with 103.6 yards per game last year. Harris was held out of the Eagles’ spring scrimmages for precautionary reasons, but he should once again be a leader of BC’s offense.

“Oh, my God, he has been a difference-maker from the day he came in and started playing his freshman year,” said coach Frank Spaziani. “I don't know when it was, second or third game or so. But I don't know where we'd be record-wise without Montel's production, and certainly the two years that I've been the head coach he carried us many times. He's important for us, and we need to get him back on track.”

A track that happens to be at least 1,003 yards long.