It’s difficult to imagine a player setting his college’s career record for rushing despite missing several games due to injury and without finishing his career at that institution, but Harris has already managed that feat. He rushed for more yardage than anyone else in Boston College’s storied history before being dismissed in May 2012 for repeatedly violating team rules. Temple coaches decided to bring him on board for his final season.
Harris was an all-state high school running back from Florida before heading to BC, but wasn’t offered a scholarship there until just before signing day. Eagles coaches were glad they made that late recruiting adjustment when he set a freshman rushing record of 900 yards on 179 carries, including five scores. He then started all 13 games in 2009, racking up 1,457 yards and 14 touchdowns on 308 rushes (including a 264-yard, five TD effort against N.C. State). Harris carried the mail for the first 11 games of 2010 before suffering a knee injury, and he wound up leading the ACC with 103.6 rush yards per game (269-1,243, 8 TD total). He attempted to return in 2011, but could only get through two games (31-135 rushing, 3-36 receiving) after sitting out the first three before succumbing to the knee again and becoming forced to take a redshirt season. Harris registered 186 carries for 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Owls this past season.
Productive, solidly-built back with enough power and quickness to succeed as a reliable back-up runner. Displays some lateral agility and a stiff arm to avoid tacklers in the hole or sidestep to either side of his lead blocker. Also possesses enough acceleration to get into openings to consistently move the chains. Works through trash with churning legs, regularly runs by arm tackles and falls forward for additional yards after contact. Flashes as a receiver out of the backfield, reliable on swing passes and coming over the middle to test linebackers in space.
One-speed back without the open-field burst to be a breakaway threat or the quickness to turn the corner if the inside hole is filled. Also lacks great lower body strength to power inside. Lacks elite elusiveness to avoid better tacklers, will lose his balance when cutting between the tackles or outside. Cutback ability and vision are only adequate. Had leg injuries throughout the end of his career at Boston College, also transferred from there for repeated violations of team rules. Not physical in pass protection, resorts to cut blocks and gives a cursory shoulder effort chipping.
Harris set the Boston College record for rushing yards in just over three seasons (3,735 yards, also scoring 27 touchdowns), but injuries limited him to two games in 2011 and repeated violations of team rules caused his dismissal from the program in May 2012. He transferred to Temple over the summer, where he found success. He could potentially work in the back end of a committee in the NFL.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.