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Alabama running back Damien Harris had 77 yards against Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

Alabama football: Crimson Tide could rely on Damien Harris against Georgia

Matt Speakman

Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.

Relying on a running back

Alabama running back Damien Harris has been as consistent as any player for the Crimson Tide this season. After passing the 1,000-yard mark last year, he has rushed for 983 yards and 11 touchdowns on 129 carries. He averages 7.6 yards per carry. Against Clemson, he rushed for 77 yards on 19 carries.

The Tide will need a strong running game to control the pace against Georgia in the national championship. Harris has anchored that rushing attack all season. His ability to bust a big run at anytime makes him valuable to Alabama’s offense. He is the player to watch for Alabama in the biggest game of the season.

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Media Good Guy Award

Every year, Alabama’s group of beat writers award one player the Media Good Guy Award. It goes to a player that regularly makes himself available for interviews, and gives thoughtful responses to the questions he is asked. This year, linebacker Rashaan Evans received the award.

“Shoot. I didn’t know I was that good at media,” Evans said. “But I appreciate it. I’ll definitely remember all the times I got to talk to you guys. You guys were great, great media people. Y’all never gave me too hard of questions. I definitely appreciate it.”

Evans is the third linebacker in a row to receive the award, with Reggie Ragland winning it in 2015 and Ryan Anderson winning in 2016. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and cornerback Anthony Averett came in second and third in the voting, respectively.

NFL standouts helping out

It’s no secret that Alabama churns out NFL stars regularly. The Crimson Tide have many players who are considered some of the best at their respective positions. With the wealth of experience those players have, they are an important tool for this current Alabama team. They can give players advice on their experiences. This offseason, Alabama has used players like New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram for that exact thing.

Around the Capstone

Alabama women’s basketball defeated Florida 63-54 for its first win in Gainesville since 2010.

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