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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Containing Montel Harris to be substantial task for Virginia defense

By Steve Yanda

Boston College junior Montel Harris has rushed for more yards this season (1,128) than all but eight tailbacks in the nation. He is the Atlantic Coast Conference's lone player to have recorded more than 900 rushing yards. He is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has tallied seven rushing touchdowns.

And on Saturday, Harris will have an opportunity to face a Virginia defense that has allowed 230 rushing yards or more in four games this season. The Cavaliers own the ACC's worst rushing defense (202.5 ypg allowed) and have given up 23 rushing touchdowns -- also a conference worst.

"You talk about seeing the holes and hitting it downhill or being able to jump cut or you think you have him tackled and then all of a sudden he gets out of the tackle or the scrum, so to speak," London said of Harris. "He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He also returns kicks and he's fast and he's elusive ...

"He's one of the best that I've seen and rightfully so because the kid plays with passion and energy. All those things that you want your superstar players to have, he has those things."

Harris is averaging 112.8 rushing yards per game. He also is Boston College's third-leading receiver with 18 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown.

By Steve Yanda  | November 18, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
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