Temple lands Montel Harris

Temple made a huge pick-up this weekend, when former Boston College running back Montel Harris officially transferred in to the school.

Harris is eligible to play for the Owls for his final season and automatically becomes the best player this team has on offense. Don't believe me? Check out what Harris has done over his career at Boston College.

  • He is the school's all-time rushing leader with 3,735 yards. That also makes him the FBS active career rushing leader. He also held the ACC record for most rushing yards through a junior season.

  • He also is the Boston College leader in carries (786) and 100-yard games (22).

  • Harris topped 1,400 all-purpose yards every season he played for the Eagles.

Temple loses its top rusher in Bernard Pierce, who led the team with 1,481 yards a season ago, so it is not hard to envision Harris playing a major role. It also is not hard to envision the Owls continuing to go with a heavy reliance on two backs, something that the team has done with Pierce and the returning Matt Brown since 2009.

If you look back, the Owls have thrived over the last several seasons with both Pierce and Brown playing significant roles on the offense. When Pierce suffered through an injury-plagued 2010, Brown was there to shoulder the load. The two proved to be good complements for each other -- Pierce a bigger, more powerful runner, Brown a smaller, change of pace back.

But when Pierce decided to leave school early for the NFL draft, many wondered whether Temple would have problems with depth in the backfield because of its heavy reliance on multiple backs to carry the rushing load. Brown was, after all, the most proven running back on the roster.

Now the Owls have two experienced runners in the backfield. Harris (5-10, 207) is bigger than Brown (5-5, 170), so the two should complement each other the way Pierce (6-0, 217) did with Brown.

Brown will go into fall practice as the starter, but the addition of Harris clearly eases those depth concerns.


Pierce: 273 carries, 1,481 yards, 27 TDs

Brown: 155 carries, 947 yards, 6 TDs


Brown: 162 carries, 830 yards, 7 TDs

Pierce: 154 carries, 759 yards, 10 TDs


Pierce: 236 carries, 1,361 yards, 16 TDs

Brown: 89 carries, 529 yards, 5 TDs