The Erie Express are happy to announce the return of All-Pro RB-Donte Harden (Ohio University) for the 2022 season. Donte returns as one of our starting running backs and looks to pick up where he left off in 2021. Donte played a major role in our winning the 2021 GDFL National Championship as well as the 2022 USA Bowl National Championship Summer Division.Despite missing 2.5 games during the 2021 season due to injury, Donte accounted for 488 total yards of offense (379 rushing [ TEAM HIGH], 109 receiving) and 12 touchdowns (11 rushing, 1 receiving). Harden finished the regular season ranked 3rd in the GDFL in rushing yards (319yds) and 2nd in rushing TD's (9). Donte finished the season tied for 1st in rushing TD's with 11. For his efforts, Donte was named GDFL All-Pro for the 2021 season. "Donte did an amazing job for us this year and we could not be happier for him. He has performed at the highest level everywhere he has played. An extremely gifted player who can produce on both sides of the ball. Blazing speed, extremely high football IQ and possesses the big play potential to score on any play. Donte proved himself to be one of the premier backs in the nation last season and we are expecting a repeat of that performance in 2022"-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.
Donte is a graduate of Strong Vincent High School. There he 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. Donte played his college ball for Ohio University where he was an All-MAC performer. Donte finished his career at Ohio University with 391 carries for 1,947 yards rushing with 9 touchdowns for a 4.98yd average, Receiving 48 receptions for 479 yards and 4 tds. In the return game Donte had 62 returns for 1,405yds and a TD. All told he finished his college career with 3,841 yards and 14 touchdowns. Prior to joining the Express Harden was in camp with the New Orlean Saints (NFL), Hamilton Tigercats (CFL) and Green Bay Blizzard (IFL).
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