Destined for a breakout junior season is an understatement. Miami Hurricanes running back Cam’Ron Harris is bound to make his name heard across the college football scene.
Fresh out of Carol City High School (Miami, FL.), Harris was a consensus four-star prospect in the 2018 class. In 2016, Harris helped the Chiefs capture a Class 6A Championship, their first since 2003. Rushing for 820 yards and 13 touchdowns, Harris was named to the 2016 Miami Herald Second Team All-Dade Football Team. He completed his high school career rushing for over 1,300 yards and 21 touchdowns. Such accolades marked him as a top 10 running back on ESPN, 247Sports, and Rivals.
Harris ultimately chose UM over the likes of Oregon, Georgia, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, among others.
Adjusting To The Program
As a true freshman, the Opa Locka, FL native failed to find himself on the field. Behind a talented group of running backs, including Travis Homer, DeeJay Dallas, and five-star freshman Lorenzo Lingard, Harris sat last on Miami’s depth chart.
Against Savanah State, Harris carried the ball once, rushing for just three yards. While he didn’t get the attempts wanted, the elusive back got the jitters out of his system. Then, versus FIU, Harris totaled one six-yard reception along with 24 rushing yards on five rushes. His first career rushing touchdown came in a November 10 contest at Georgia Tech, garnering 48 yards on six carries.
With Miami on a four-game losing slump, and Lingard out with a season-ending injury, Harris took full advantage of an opportunity to play extra snaps against Virginia Tech. Harris delivered two total touchdowns, one rushing and the other on a 16-yard reception. In addition, Harris collected 77 yards on seven carries.
Harris saw the field in the season-finale versus Pittsburgh, rushing for 15 yards on a career-high eight attempts. He closed his freshman campaign with one rush in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Wisconsin.
Time To Shine
Serving as the second string running back behind DeeJay Dallas, Harris’ time to shine came to existence in his sophomore season at Miami. Playing in 13 games (three starts), Harris rushed for 545 yards on 102 carries (5.3 yards per rush), totaling five rushing touchdowns. He added 109 yards and one touchdown on 15 receptions (7.3 yards per catch).
Since the season opener against Florida, Harris had the opportunity to prove his worth. Scoring in consecutive games versus North Carolina and Bethune Cookman, Harris’ explosiveness and patience to find a hole were on full display. In what arguably was the greatest game of his early career, Cam’ron Harris torched Georgia Tech’s defense, collecting 136 yards and one touchdown 18 attempts. He also caught three passes for 31 yards and a score.
Harris had some impressive performances late in the season, including wins against Pittsburgh and Louisville. Even in losses versus FIU and Duke, the incoming junior showed his potential to soon become a starter at UM.
What The Future Holds
After two years of waiting, Cam’Ron Harris will be Miami’s starting running back entering the 2020 season. And through the likes of new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Harris’ abilities could translate to the next level.
Lashlee’s offense has produced a 1,000 yard rusher in six of his eight seasons as an offensive coordinator. Four of those players have rushed for over 1,200 yards and two for over 1,600 yards. Some of Lashlee’s prodigies include Tre Mason, Nick Marshall, and Cameron Artis-Payne.
Still, it’s his spot to lose. With upperclassman, Robert Burns, along with freshmen Jaylon Knighton and Don Chaney Jr. behind Harris in the depth chart, the competition entering Manny Diaz’s second year as head coach will surely be an intense battle.