BEAUNONT - Lamar running back Kade Harrington, who suffered a foot injury during the first half Lamar's game against Northwestern State on Saturday, is out for the rest of the season ending his Lamar career.
"This young man is what college athletics should be about. He has always represented himself and our program with class and dignity."
"Though we will sorely miss his ability on the field we will continue to rely on his leadership as we move forward with the remainder of our season."
"It has been a privilege to watch this young man perform and I know he will go on to do great things with his life," Lamar Coach Ray Woodard posted on his Facebook page, Monday afternoon.
From Lamar University...
Preseason All-America running back Kade Harrington will miss the rest of the 2016 season due to a foot injury suffered in the first half against Northwestern State announced LU head coach Ray Woodard Tuesday morning.
“Kade is a great football player, competitor and leader,” said Woodard. “We will miss his fighting spirit in the huddle but I know he will continue to be the great leader he has been over the past four seasons.”
Harrington is expected to be out three to four months before returning to football activities in preparation for Lamar University’s Pro Day.
The Southland Conference’s fourth all-time leading rusher, Harrington was in the midst of another banner year leading the Southland in rushing heading into the contest against Northwestern State. He wraps ups his career as the school’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards (5,228), rushing yards (4,348), scoring (306 points), rushing touchdowns (44) and career 100-yard rushing games (17).
A former Freshman All-American, Harrington became one of the top big-play threats in the country last season when he finished the year as the runner-up for the STATS FCS National Offense Player of the Year award – FCS football’s version of the Heisman Trophy. Harrington finished the 2015 season as the nation’s leader in all-purpose yards, total rushing yards, rushing yards per game and rushing touchdowns and was third in yards per carry.
A consensus All-America selection, Harrington became the first player in school history to be named Southland Conference Player of the Year following a 2015 season that saw him rush for more than 220 yards per game during conference tilts.
A two-time STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week, Harrington became just the seventh player in NCAA Division I history to rush for 2,000 yards in just 10 games. Harrington’s accomplishment placed his name alongside greats like Barry Sanders and Marcus Allen.
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