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. 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. ( Log Out /  1st & 10 at ECU 28. 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. “Keaton’s a very talented player,” Houston said. 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 “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. Pirates cut it to a one-score game. The latest stats, facts, news and notes on Rahjai Harris of the East Carolina Pirates It's now 27-20 Navy with 14:15 remaining in the game. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Rookies of the Year: RB Rahjai Harris, ECU; RB Ulysses Bentley IV, SMU. “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. 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. Mitchell also surpassed the 100-yard mark for the first time this season, accounting for 124 of ECU's 204 rushing yards. Both very accomplished players at their respective high schools, Harris and Mitchell worked themselves into prominent roles within the Pirates’ offense with a strong preseason camp. ( Log Out /  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. 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. Rahjai Harris runs 80 yards for ECU TD. 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. At 5’10” 228 pounds, Harris has drawn comparisons from ECU’s coaching staff to Jerome “The Bus” Bettis. https://www.salisburypost.com/2020/10/11/college-football-ecu-rolls TOUCHDOWN, ECU! 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. Owner/operator of pirateanalysis.com, covering ECU athletics. ‘I think we got a good tandem going there’: freshmen Rahjai Harris, Keaton Mitchell have taken over ECU’s running back room. In fact, he and Mitchell are one and two on that list with a combined 59 carries for 266 yards. The Pirates amassed 386 yards of offense and allowed the Green Wave to rack up 493 total yards. The thing is, … ECU running back Rahjai Harris (Photo: James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports) WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED: Well, so much for that. At the head of that attack are Harris and Mitchell who account for 46.5% of those carries and 52.8% of ECU’s total rushing yards at this point in the season. ). Latest on East Carolina Pirates running back Rahjai Harris including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN 27: 20: FG. (Rob Goldburg - ECU Photo) Mark Lindsay • PirateIllustrated 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. 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 … Harris has had three touchdowns this season, which includes an 80-yard rushing touchdown against Navy on Oct 17. Rahjai Harris is a 5-11, 185-pound Running Back from Duncan, SC. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Harris’ career day resulted in the most single-game rushing yards by an ECU true freshman running back since Chris Johnson’s 158 against Tulane in 2004. 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. 1st & 10 at ECU 28. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Rahjai Harris (47) Running Back - Committed to East Carolina on Sept. 28, 2019 … Early enrollee (January) Rahjai Harris logged a career-high 172 rushing yards on 22 attempts Saturday. Excited about those guys and they’re ready to go on Saturday.”. He also caught a pass for 26 yards. The freshman running back, who is well on his way to gaining star … “I’ll say this — and it reminds me of when I was playing in college — you go from playing in high school and then you play a little bit and then that first game when you play a large number of reps, the next day you feel like you’ve been hit by a Mack truck. He has carried the ball 57 times for 330 yards, an incredible 5.8 yards per carry. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Listed anywhere from 5’10” to 6-feet tall, Harris is a stocky, powerful runner at 205 pounds. Nine times Harris has ripped off rushes of at least seven yards, while Mitchell has picked up five yards or more on a carry 11 times. Already light years ahead of a typical freshman in terms of understanding the offense and what is expected from them, that duo seems poised to take over the bulk of ECU’s rushing duties moving forward. That makes a coach’s job so much easier. Cincinnati and Tulsa are set to square off in the conference championship game this coming Saturday in Ohio. 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. Freshman running back Rahjai Harris rushed a team-high 13 times for 27 yards, snapping his streak of three consecutive games with at… 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. © 2005-2020 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 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. 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. “They’ve had a great week,” Houston said. First college TD ✔ pic.twitter.com/lvCqPkU2ep. 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 2 at TEMPLE41: HARRIS, Rahjai rush for 13 yards to the TEMPLE28, 1ST DOWN ECU (GRIFFIN,M.J.). 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). HARRIS, Rahjai rush up middle for 1 yard to the ECU49 (Johnson,Pa.). The effort snapped freshman Rahjai Harris' three-game streak of rushing for 100-plus yards. Rahjai Harris goes 80 yards to the house. 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 also led the unit in TFLs (8.0/-30 yards) and pass breakups (six), while ranking second in sacks (2.5/-22 yards). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. That was something they had to get used to, which is the reason we do some of the things we do on Sunday. Harris was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for his performance and vaulted to the top of ECU’s rushing leaderboard. 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