One of the biggest stories of the off season for the Eagles' has to be the return of Montel Harris. After an injury plagued 2011 season, Harris was redshirted and eventually granted another year of eligibility. All parties involved acknowledged that he might not have been ready to return, and was rushed back on the field which may or may not have aggravated the injury.
According to ESPN's Heather Dinich, Montel Harris is ready to return to the Eagles' backfield. But unlike last year Spaz is going to take it easy on Montel, because as he says, he already knows what Montel can give him. The question remains, what role will Harris play in the offense this season, especially with the incredible depth at tailback.
"It’s not a matter of us seeing where Montel fits in, it’s a matter of us managing what he does," Spaziani said. "We did that with him last year a little bit, and we’ll certainly utilize him the best way we can to have him ready for the opening game next fall. That’s how Montel’s spring will go."
So by that cryptic statement it sounds like they are going to limit Montel and really wait until fall to see what he can give. Can't blame Spaz there, it sounds like the right move especially with what happened last year.
When Harris returns, will Spaz run him into the ground again? Not likely. It seems that Spaziani has learned his lesson and will be more cautious on overusing Montel Harris.
"I’d be less than honest with you if I said there wasn’t a concern," Spaziani said. "When this procedure was done on him, we were looking at four to six weeks being back playing and ready to go and it’s now been a year and something. That in itself is a little bit of a red flag and a concern, but there are no indications now that that will be the case, but once again, we had hoped we weren’t at this point, so there is that lingering concern until he does it."
Just happy that Montel is feeling good enough again to practice. Can't wait to see what his senior year has in store.