Express announce the return of RB-Donte Harden for 2021 season
RB-Donte Harden Resigns with the erie express for 2020 Season
The Erie Express are happy to announce the return of RB-Donte Harden (Ohio University) for the 2021 season. Donte begins his fourth season with the Express and will compete for a starting spot at RB and kick returner. Donte came on board mid season last year and played a major role in our third consecutive conference finals appearance. Prior to joining the Express Harden was in camp with the New Orleans Saints (NFL), Hamilton Tigercats (CFL) and Green Bay Blizzard (IFL).
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"Donte has a contagious attitude. His smile and charisma lights up the room. An extremely gifted player who can produce on both sides of the ball. We have never had him on board from the very start, so this will be a huge plus for us all. Donte is as dangerous as they come when the ball is in his hands. Blazing speed, extremely high football IQ and possesses the big play potential to score on any play. Donte has all pro caliber ability and we are expecting that same type of season from him in 2021"-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.
2011: Earned All-MAC Third Team honors as both a running back and a kickoff returner ... Received Phil Steele All-MAC First Team and Collegesportsmadness.com All-MAC First Team honors ... Served as the primary ball carrier for the Bobcats as he made 12 starts ... Finished the year with an all-time single season record of 1,873 all-purpose yards (986 rushing, 267 receiving and 620 kickoff return) ... Earned MAC East Offensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 7 ... Had 15 carries for 81 yards in the season opener at New Mexico State (Sept. 3) ... Had 94 rushing yards on 13 carries and an 11-yard reception vs. Gardner-Webb (Sept. 10) ... Carried eight times for 42 yards and had three catches for 45 yards vs. Marshall (Sept. 17) ... Had 14 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown to go with four catches for 27 yards at Buffalo (Oct. ... Carried 19 times for 85 yards and caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown while also returning four kickoffs for 85 yards vs. Ball State (Oct. 15) ... Carried 22 times for 123 yards at Akron (Oct. 22) ... Established a new Bobcat record with 322 all-purpose yards - 184 rushing, 75 receiving and 63 returning - while rushing for one touchdown and catching another vs. Temple (Nov. 2) ... Had 70 rushing yards and caught three passes for 24 yards at Bowling Green (Nov. 16) ... rushed for 71 yards on 19 carries vs. Miami (Nov. 22) ... Rushed for 73 yards in the MAC Championship game against Northern Illinois (Dec. 2) ... Closed out the year with a team-best 152 all-purpose yards in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
2010: Finished the season with 51 carries for 244 yards, three touchdowns, two receptions, 23 kick returns for 473 yards and 728 all-purpose yards ... Recorded his season-high, two touchdowns on seven carries for 62 yards at Miami on Oct. 23 ... Season-long rush of 48 yards was also against the RedHawks ... Posted his season-high 10 carries in two games against Akron on Oct. 16 and against Louisiana on Oct. 30 where he also had one reception ... Had eight carries against Buffalo on Nov. 4 for 58 yards and at Temple for 29 yards including one touchdown ... Also had one catch against the Owls ... Carried the ball six times against the Troy Trojans on Dec. 18 for 25 yards ... Carried the ball twice at Kent State on Nov. 26 ... Season-high eight kick returns for 161 yards against the Trojans ... Had three kick returns on four occasions; against Louisiana for 71 yards including a season-long of 33, at Kent State for 63 yards, at Miami for 58 yards and at Temple for 55 yards ... Posted two kick returns for 40 yards against Buffalo ... Recorded one kick return for 25 yards against Akron.
2009: Rushed 61 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns (Miami)...Also caught 11 passes for 55 yards and had five kick returns for 76 yards.
2008: Played in seven games and started three before an injury against Kent State cut short his season... Rushed 87 times for 454 yards and a pair of touchdowns...The scores came against Ohio State and VMI...Also caught eight passes for 146 yards with a pair of touchdown receptions...Those scores came on a 43-yards strike against Central Michigan and a 41-yard score against Western Michigan...Posted the longest kick return in school history with a 100-yard score against Wyoming...Averaged 23.6 yards on kick returns...2007: Played in two games... Rushed the ball five times for 26 yards... Granted medical redshirt, and will retain freshman eligibility in 2008... During winter workouts broke the Ohio running backs record for vertical jump, with 40.5 inches.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four times at Strong Vincent... Carried 374 times for 3,068 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career. Caught 16 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns... Also played defense, recording 178 tackles and four sacks in his career... Region 6 Player of the Year in 2006... Second-team all-state pick as a junior... First-team all-district and all-region selection as a junior and senior... Set the school single-season rushing record with 1,538 yards... And 3,068 for his career.