Sunday they knew they had played a college football game on Saturday. Rahjai Harris (47) Running Back - Committed to East Carolina on Sept. 28, 2019 … Early enrollee (January) “I’d said one of these weeks that you recruit them and you know they got talent, if you can judge talent and if you can’t judge talent, you wouldn’t be in this business very long,” ECU offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick said earlier this week. 80-yard rushing score in fourth quarter was the longest by an ECU running back since James Summers’ 81-yarder in 2016; 100-plus rushing yards in back-to-back games (115 vs. USF, 172 vs. Navy) — first time for ECU running back since Tay Cooper in 2013 Against Navy, he logged a personal-best 15 tackles, marking the fourth time in his career with double-digit stops. First college TD ✔ pic.twitter.com/lvCqPkU2ep. ‘I think we got a good tandem going there’: freshmen Rahjai Harris, Keaton Mitchell have taken over ECU’s running back room. “Like I say, Rahjai is The Bus, he’s the next Jerome Bettis,” Kirkpatrick said. It marked the second-straight season he led the unit in picks (three in 2019) with his pass thefts against Georgia State, Tulane and his two in the fourth quarter during the Pirates’ 52-38 win against SMU. He also led the unit in TFLs (8.0/-30 yards) and pass breakups (six), while ranking second in sacks (2.5/-22 yards). Through the first four games, Harris has emerged as the leading rusher for ECU. Harris soaked up 12 carries against the Knights, ripping off a 14-yarder and getting his first collegiate touchdown called back on a holding penalty. 1st and 10 at TEMPLE28: HARRIS, Rahjai rush for 4 yards to the TEMPLE24 (ODOM,Alex). HARRIS, Rahjai rush up middle for 1 yard to the ECU49 (Johnson,Pa.). Rahjai Harris is a 5-11, 185-pound Running Back from Duncan, SC. - ECU Media Relations contributed to this report. Rahjai Harris rushed for 75 yards on just twelve carries in the first two quarters for ECU. Navy Outlasts ECU 27-23 ECU's Rahjai Harris ran for 172 yards on Saturday to no avail as Navy upends the Pirates 27-23 in Greenville. With the win, ECU ended a six-game skid against the Bulls. The thing is, … Harris was joined by second-teamers Tyler Snead (wide receiver, return specialist) and Ja'Quan McMillian, along with honorable mention linebacker Xavier Smith. Rookies of the Year: RB Rahjai Harris, ECU; RB Ulysses Bentley IV, SMU. ECU head football coach Mike Houston spent the off-season lauding the depth and overall talent level of his running back room. Rahjai Harris goes 80 yards to the house. I think we got a good tandem going there.”. He also caught a pass for 26 yards. ECU continued its 2020 home conference slate with a 38-21 loss against Tulane on Saturday. In a game started by Mitchell, the Pirates leaned heavily on their true freshmen backs to the tune of 34 carries for 157 yards and two scores. ( Log Out /  That makes a coach’s job so much easier. Rahjai Harris run for 2 yds to the ECaro 14 Rahjai Harris fumbled, forced by Deshawn Pace, recovered by Cincy Will Adams , return for 16 yds to the ECaro 14 “They’ve had a great week,” Houston said. TOUCHDOWN, ECU! That was something they had to get used to, which is the reason we do some of the things we do on Sunday. Harris led ECU in rushing during the 2020 season, compiling 624 rushing yards and four touchdowns in eight games, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and ranking third in The American in rushing as a true freshman (78.0 ypg). Rahjai Harris runs 80 yards for ECU TD. ( Log Out /  6:33. After being recruited by the University of South Carolina, Clemson University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it’s no surprise to see that East Carolina University freshman running back Rahjai Harris has torn up opposing defenses to this point of the season. Harris did not play in the season finale against the Mustangs when ECU won 52-38 due to injury, but he started the previous five games and posted three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances (at USF, Navy, at Tulsa) during the middle of the year. Meanwhile the Pirate defense limited Tulsa quarterback Zach Smith to just 59 first half passing yards, forced two interceptions and held Tulsa to just 109 first half total yards. Rahjai Harris runs 80 yards for ECU TD. “I thought early in the Central Florida game that both of those guys showed that the stage is not too big, and they continue to show me that,” Kirkpatrick said. Harris has had three touchdowns this season, which includes an 80-yard rushing touchdown against Navy on Oct 17. In fact, he and Mitchell are one and two on that list with a combined 59 carries for 266 yards. Rahjai Harris, ECU running back — On a day in which the Pirates’ passing attack was all but nonexistent, Harris wasn’t just the team’s main offensive threat — he was virtually its only viable offensive option. He shared the Rookie of the Year award with SMU running back Ulysses Bentley IV, who led the league with more than 900 yards rushing. The latest stats, facts, news and notes on Rahjai Harris of the East Carolina Pirates Freshman running back Rahjai Harris rushed a team-high 13 times for 27 yards, snapping his streak of three consecutive games with at… The effort snapped freshman Rahjai Harris' three-game streak of rushing for 100-plus yards. For ECU, this one is markedly different from the others in that for the first time since Ruffin McNeill was fired in 2015, the team heads into an offseason with a burst of confidence and positive momentum. He reached the endzone seven times on the year (5/rcv, 1/rush, 1/KOR) and threw for a score in the season finale against SMU. “Like I say, Rahjai is The Bus, he’s the next Jerome Bettis,” Kirkpatrick said. Latest on East Carolina Pirates running back Rahjai Harris including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. 624 rushing yards and four touchdowns in eight games, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and ranking third in The American in rushing as a true freshman (78.0. Those cumulative yards are the second-most through three contests in program history since 2001, while the carries stand as the most in the first trio of games since 2000. Harris led ECU in rushing during the 2020 season, compiling 624 rushing yards and four touchdowns in eight games, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and … Harris was announced as an award-winner on Tuesday, also becoming the first ECU true freshman to be named a first-team all-conference player since cornerback Travis Williams in … Snead, who earned all-conference honors as a receiver and return specialist, led the team in receptions (53), punt returns and yards (12 for 144), kickoff returns and yards (18 for 409) and all-purpose yards 1,145. Listed anywhere from 5’10” to 6-feet tall, Harris is a stocky, powerful runner at 205 pounds. Harris also added a receiving touchdown. The Raleigh, N.C. native authored a pair of 100-yard receiving games (105/Georgia State, 108/Tulsa) and topped 100-plus all-purpose yards four times, including 231 at Georgia State and 244 at Temple. 2nd and 11 at TLN35 East Carolina freshman running back Rahjai Harris was one of four Pirates to get recognized by the American Athletic Conference in the league's end-of-year awards, headlining the announcement with Co-Rookie of the Year honors and a first-team all-conference selection. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. While it usually takes freshmen a year to adjust to playing at the collegiate level, both Harris and Mitchell have fit right into Houston’s vision for how he wants his running back room to operate. He has carried the ball 57 times for 330 yards, an incredible 5.8 yards per carry. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder was named the league's offensive player of the year, while Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins earned defensive player of the year honors. The thing is, wow is he fun to be around. ( Log Out /  The Winston-Salem, N.C. native booked multiple tackles in eight of nine games in 2020, which included a season-high five on three occasions. Cincinnati and Tulsa are set to square off in the conference championship game this coming Saturday in Ohio. Snead’s lone special teams touchdown came during the second quarter against the Owls when he returned his second career kickoff 95 yards earning him AAC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week accolades. https://www.salisburypost.com/2020/10/11/college-football-ecu-rolls ECU’s offense struggled to get going early in the season, so it turned to the freshman Harris to ignite a spark. For ECU, QB Holton Ahlers also has running ability, and starting freshman running back Rahjai Harris certainly is looking to improve upon his total of 27 yards a week ago. 2nd and 9 at ECU49: SNEAD, Tyler rush reverse for 17 yards to the TLN34, 1ST DOWN ECU, out-of-bounds (Dyson,C. Excited about those guys and they’re ready to go on Saturday.”. They know how to set-up blocks, they know how to run behind blocks, they know how to find the holes, they both have good enough speed.”. ), PENALTY TLN offside defense declined. ECU running back Rahjai Harris (Photo: James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports) WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED: Well, so much for that. A lot of people don’t like practice that are probably great players, but he acts like he likes practice. It's now 27-20 Navy with 14:15 remaining in the game. Mason Garcia got in late in the contest and engineered one ECU scoring drive when Rahjai Harris scored from one yard in a 49-17 contest. Rahjai Harris had a 1-yard touchdown run for ECU with 17 seconds remaining, only for UC’s Cameron Young to rip off a 75-yard TD at the 10-second mark to create the final score. SMU kicker Chris Naggar was named the special teams player of the year. ECU head football coach Mike Houston spent the off-season lauding the depth and overall talent level of his running back room. Cincinnati's Luke Fickell, who guided his team to an undefeated record to this point, was named the AAC coach of the year. Harris did not play in the season finale against the Mustangs when ECU won 52-38 due to injury, but he started the previous five games and posted three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances (at USF, Navy, at Tulsa) during the middle of the year. East Carolina true freshman Rahjai Harris secured his spot in program history this season and garnered the attention of the American Athletic Conference in the process. “Keaton’s a very talented player,” Houston said. East Carolina’s Rahjai Harris, with ball, tries to move the pile for extra yardage in the Pirates’ last home game Oct. 17 against Navy at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. HARRIS, Rahjai rush for 8 yards to the TEMPLE41 (ODOM,Alex;KWENKEU, W.). At 5-foot-10, 228 pounds, Harris has the size to consistently get yards between the tackles, and the speed to break the big one. © 2005-2020 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 0:37. Last week, the freshman showcased why those comparisons are warranted with his 115-yard, two touchdown effort in the Pirates’ 44-24 win over USF. The Greenwave had a more balanced performance of 277 … (Rob Goldburg - ECU Photo) Mark Lindsay • PirateIllustrated 1st & 10 at ECU 28. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Change ). “You don’t know how quickly, though, they’ll be able to show that.”. 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