1.) Najee Harris
With the majority of people expecting Alabama running back Najee Harris to leave for the NFL this offseason, it creates quite a large question as to why? The rumors will say that it was because he did not think he would be drafted as high, while other rumors suggest he wants to lead Alabama to a National Championship in his last season. It was apparent though that Harris has meaning in the last couple of games last year as Harris combined for 282 yards on 51 carries, which is about 5.5 yards per carry. Who knows what was going on in Harris’s mind. Regardless, the Crimson Tide have him back for the 2020 season and things look very bright.
After posting 1,224 yards on 209 attempts, with another 304 yards receiving last season, some might wonder if that can be topped as the Tide have more than enough running backs. The answer is that yes, it can be topped. The real question is will it? That is to be determined. With Brian Robinson Jr. being the next back behind Harris, and highly touted redshirt freshman Trey Sanders on the rise, a trio of freshmen are going to be hungry to prove themselves. Besides Harris and Robinson Jr., you have a nice comparison of “Experience vs. Potential”.
Harris has already established himself as one of the best running backs in the country. He fights for every yard, has the athleticism to hurdle players on any given play, and even has good speed. With Alabama bringing back Alex Leatherwood on their offensive line, this continues good chemistry the line and backs’ already have.
Another reason people love Harris is that he is notorious for being a bruiser type back as well. He has no problem lowering his shoulder into your chest and fighting for every inch. Could Harris have a highlight season? Najee should also be looking for votes at the very end of the year for a “little” award named the Heisman Trophy. Why not? I fully expect Harris to have a great season.