Wake Forest’s redshirt freshman Josh Harris explodes against Virginia Tech for 241 yards and two touchdowns! A couple things jump out at me here. First, Harris hadn’t gained more than 74 yards in a single game and that was against…Presbyterian. He gains three times that amount on only 20 carries against Va Tech. Two, usually Va Tech’s defense is more stingy against the run…particularly against struggling teams like Wake starting a freshman back. Three, Harris outgained Tech’s highly talented backs Darren Evans and David Wilson, a fantastic track athlete too, combined (on fewer carries). Four, Harris is just plain FAST!
Harris ran track at Duncanville High School in Texas and had a few of the fastest high school 100 meter times in the state for 2009. I read in a few spots he supposedly ran 10.09 (obviously that’s wind-aided and hand-held) which I find difficult to believe. However he did run a documented 10.34 / 100 meters and 21.24 / 200 meters. If we assume those were hand-held that still puts him sub-10.6 and sub-21.5. He reminds me a bit of UTEP’s back, Donald Buckram. Buckram was also a Texas high school running back and track athlete with bests of 10.25 (hand-held) in the 100 meters. Buckram didn’t have success until later in his career and not against a team the caliber of Virginia Tech. It would seem Harris is pretty talented and kudos to the Wake offensive line.