Harris presents problems

When Clemson and Boston College do battle this October in Death Valley, the Tigers will have to stop Montel Harris, the ACC's Preseason Player of the Year.

Harris should be well on his way to the 1,003 yards he needs to break the ACC all-time rushing record by that time. (Former N.C. State running back Ted Brown holds the current record.)

And B.C. head coach Frank Spaziani believes the attention that the Eagles will see as a result of Harris' record chase will be good for the program.

"It might certainly help us [recruit] running backs. It helps bring a focus on to you. It sets you apart from other people. It's always good," Spaziani said.

A powerful running back who seemingly never goes down after the first hit, Harris was high school teammates with former Clemson RB Jamie Harper, who now plays for the Tennessee Titans.

Against the Tigers last year, he touched the ball 36 times for 142 yards.

Overall, Boston College returns 17 starters from last year's seven-win team including Harris at running back, and one of the top linebackers in the nation in Luke Kuechly.

Also, sophomore QB Chase Rettig is back after a solid freshman season that saw him complete 100 of 195 passes for 1,238 yards and six touchdowns.

The Eagles face an interesting non-conference slate before traveling to Clemson on Oct. 8 as they open with Northwestern at home, then travel to Central Florida the following week.

Three straight home games with Duke, UMass and Wake Forest conclude B.C.'s schedule before facing the Tigers.

From the orange and white perspective, the Boston College matchup is in the midst of a tough stretch of games that will dictate Clemson's 2011 chances in the Atlantic Division.

However fortunately, the Tigers get B.C. at home this season after losing 16-10 in Chestnut Hill a year ago. Clemson won the last game in Death Valley, 25-7 in 2009.

The Tigers are just 2-4 against Boston College since the Eagles joined the league in 2005.

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