The Wake Forest Demon Deacons football program got some fantastic news on Friday.
Starting running back (and leading rusher from 2012) Josh Harris had his eligibility reinstated by the NCAA, according to the school, and he will be immediately available to resume practice/play with the program. Harris had reportedly encountered eligibility issues as a result of academic concerns in the spring semester, but whatever he did during the summer appears to have cleared him in that regard.
In 2012, Harris led the team in rushing with a modest total of 608 yards (and 5 touchdowns), but he is far and away the most talented player in that returning backfield, and they are in desperate need of his explosiveness. As a senior, he should provide them a bit of pop, and he’s likely to approach (or exceed) 1,000 yards if he can fade his notorious lack of durability by playing the full season.
Coming off of a 5-7 season that saw them lose 5 of 8 ACC games, the Wake Forest program isn’t at its strongest right now. However, this is a big win for the team on the field, and if head coach Jim Grobe could lead them to an ACC title in the past, anything is possible in Winston-Salem.