Temple tailback Harris is day-to-day with strained hamstring

Montel Harris , a transfer from Boston College, sat out the second half of the Owls' opener after just 5 carries.
Montel Harris , a transfer from Boston College, sat out the second half of the Owls' opener after just 5 carries.
Posted: September 04, 2012

Temple wants Montel Harris to have a nice recovery.

With 10 games left, the Owls won't take any chances with his sore hamstring by rushing him back.

That's why the tailback's status for Saturday's home game against Maryland changed from "expected to play" to day-to-day over the weekend.

"This is not a serious thing right now or anything," Temple coach Steve Addazio said during Monday's Big East coaches teleconference. "But you know what happens [and that] is these things are nagging when you are a running back or a skill player."

The Boston College transfer sat out the second half of Friday's 41-10 victory over Villanova after compiling just 12 yards on five carries.

Temple rested Harris, who developed soreness during the game, to avoid further injury. The 5-foot-9, 207-pounder originally strained his hamstring in training camp.

"The most important thing is try to do the best you can to try to get that thing put away and not let it linger," Addazio said. "So we have to wait and see, kind of day-by-day."

This isn't the first time Boston College's career rushing leader has dealt with an injury. While at BC last season, he received a medical redshirt after playing in only two games with a recurring left knee injury. He also missed the Eagles' spring practices.

Harris originally tore cartilages in his knee in November 2010 game against Virginia.

When healthy, the graduate student is tough to stop.

With 3,735 rushing yards in his career, Harris entered this season ranks first among active Football Bowl Subdivision running backs.

He is also BC's career leader in 100-yard games (22) and carries (786) and ranks third in touchdowns (27). He was 867 yards shy of the Atlantic Coast Conference career rushing mark of 4,602, set by North Carolina State's Ted Brown (1975-78).

McManus garners Big East honor: Temple placekicker and punter Brandon McManus was named the conference's special teams player of the week.

The senior scored 11 points against the Wildcats.

McManus kicked field goals of 24 and 31 yards to extend his Temple career record for made field goals to 48. The North Penn High product converted all five extra-point attempts and averaged 44.2 yards on two punts.

Owls free safety Vaughn Carraway was also recognized.

The graduate student was named to the weekly honor roll after recording three tackles, a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovering.

Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib (Malvern Prep) is the conference's offensive player of the week. Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood is the defensive player of the week.

Temple now fifth in

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