Chestnut Hill, MA--The career of Montel Harris at Boston College has come to a stunning end.
"Montel Harris has been permanently dismissed from our football team due to a repeated violation of team rules," Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said in a statement. "We are grateful for his contributions the past four seasons and will support him in completing his degree requirements and in his future pursuits."
Harris entered last season as the ACC preseason player of the year after rushing for 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.
However, he went down with a knee injury that required surgery before the season. Harris sat out the first three games before his return. He was then lost for the season against Wake Forest - his second game - and was able to received a medical redshirt.
Harris aggravated the injury in the first practice this spring and sat out the remainder of drills in the offseason in hopes of being healthy for the upcoming season. Instead, he leaves Boston College as the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,735 yards.
The next step for Harris is uncertain. He could enter the NFL's supplemental draft this summer or transfer to a lower-division school to play his final year of college.
The departure is also a big blow to the Eagles, who went 4-8 least season.
Spaziani enters his fourth season with the school under pressure to save his job with a winning season and the loss of a talent like Harris won't help.
He likely will turn to junior Rolandan Finch, who led the team in rushing with 705 yards.