“I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to get into a minicamp with a first class and successful organization like the New England Patriots,” Harbridge said. “I’m excited to get to work and to take full advantage of this opportunity.”
Harbridge was named to the Walter Payton Award watch list last season, an award given to the most outstanding player at the FCS level. He finished the year fifth in the FCS with 1,619 yards while also scoring 16 touchdowns on his way to being named Second Team All-America. He won the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week award five times and was a first-team all-conference selection.
He was named the College Football Performance Award’s Elite All-Purpose Performer for the 2013 season. He finished his career with 6,225 all-purpose yards, the most in school history. He was also named to CFPA watch lists for the FCS National Performer of the Year and Running Back awards. He was named the CFPA National All-Purpose Performer of the Week after the team’s Sept. 21 victory over Lincoln. In that game, Harbridge rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns while adding 43 yards on kick returns.
Harbridge finished his Saint Francis career as perhaps the most prolific offensive player in school history. He rushed for 4,131 yards and 36 touchdowns, both school records. He’s fourth in school history and first among non-quarterbacks in total offense, first in points scored, first in rushing attempts while also leading in kick return yardage and average.
He could find a favorable spot in New England. NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, a Dallas Cowboys executive for nearly 30 years, called Harbridge a “clone” of former Patriots and current San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead. The product of Division II Chadron State went undrafted in 2008.
Harbridge will head to New England later this week.
--St. Francis Athletic Communications
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