Will Alabama have pair of 1,000-yard rushers in 2018? If so, thank the Harrises
A-Day and spring practice are behind us, but there are still plenty of questions to answer about Alabama football. The players are away from the team to focus on finishing classes, recovering and personal development before summer workouts begin. Here we’ll take a look at a question each day. Check out our archives here.
Will Alabama football have 2 1,000-yard rushers in 2018?
The last time Alabama football had two running backs rush for 1,000 yards in the same season was in 2012. That year, Eddie Lacy ran for 1,322 yards while T.J. Yeldon added 1,108.
Yeldon and Derrick Henry came up a tad short of accomplishing the feat in 2014, with Yeldon needing 21 more yards and Henry falling 10 yards shy.
Will Alabama have two rushers reach the century mark in 2018?
Alabama has multiple guys with the potential to pass the 1,000-yard mark, but we’ll focus on Damien Harris and Najee Harris, as they project to be the top two rushers.
Damien Harris has rushed for 1,000 or more yards in back-to-back seasons, and there’s nothing to suggest he won’t do it again in his final year in Tuscaloosa.
Damien Harris has big-play ability as well as the strength to fight for tough yards. He should be mentioned among the top running backs in the country this season.
Najee Harris flashed his elite potential in 2017, and led Alabama with 64 yards in the National Championship Game against Georgia. He’s arguably the most talented “backup” running back in the country. We always knew Harris could make the home run play, but his ability to always fall forward and pick up 3 or 4 yards on essentially every carry is huge for the offense.
Look for Alabama to feed opposing defenses a steady diet of both Harrises as the team looks to make the College Football Playoff for the fifth straight year.
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