Mike Beamish of the Vancouver Sun reported yesterday that non-import running back Andrew Harris had inked a new deal with the BC Lions, and it’s no coincidence the signing came on the heels of the departure of Martell Mallett.
“It [Mallett’s leaving] was certainly a factor in getting the contract signed quickly,” Harris said from his home in Winnipeg. “It made me a little more hungry. For sure, I’m a little bit more excited about the possibility of being seen as a running back or a receiver.”
In my opinion Harris was the most impressive back at training camp last year, and only his age, inexperience, and possibly a ratio issue kept him off the roster. This kid oozes talent and has torn up the CJFL. The 5-11, 195-pound Harris averaged an impressive 14.5 yards per carry and scored 24 touchdowns. He holds Canadian Junior Football League records for all-time touchdowns and scoring.
There had been talk of coverting Harris to the saftey position, but now it seems that along with first overall pick Jamal Lee the Lions have a legitimate chance at starting an all Canadian backfield in 2010. That’s an option that could give them the luxury at starting an import in another area, perhaps the offensive line.
The club also signed two import back in recent days, Brad Lester of Auburn and Yonus Davis of San Jose State. Davis, who’s stature is comparable to Stefan Logan is seen by the Lions as a candidate for punt and kick return duties. Lester was with the Lions late last season, and will be brough back for another look. Regardless, the running back position will once again be under the spotlight at training camp in June.
For now, here’s a few highlights from Andrew Harris: