If Alabama’s leading rusher had his way, he knows who Alabama should hire for its offensive coordinator vacancy.
Damien Harris, who has led Alabama in rushing in each of the last two seasons, publicly campaigned for Alabama co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley to replace Brian Daboll. Current and former Alabama players such as Cam Sims, Reggie Ragland and Alphonse Taylor also retweeted Harris’ tweet.
🗣 Locksley for OC!! https://t.co/HLLiSNp4nw
— Damien Harris (@DHx34) January 14, 2018
Running back Josh Jacobs also tweeted this as well.
— Josh Jacobs (@iAM_JoshJacobs) January 14, 2018
Harris has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons. Reports indicate that Locksley was instrumental in preparing Tua Tagovailoa for the National Championship Game. Tagovailoa led Alabama to a 26-23 win in that game over Georgia. Alabama scored all 26 points with Tagovailoa in the game.
Potentially complicating matters for Alabama is that according to a report from Adam Rittenberg of ESPN, Locksley could leave Alabama and take the Florida State job should he not become the Tide’s offensive coordinator. Locksley also served as the wide receivers coach for Alabama last season.
In addition to replacing Daboll, Alabama must replace its defensive coordinator as Jeremy Pruitt left for the Tennessee coaching job. This will be the fourth offensive coordinator Nick Saban has had in three seasons.
Harris, in a rather-surprising move, elected to return to Alabama for his senior season, while Bo Scarbrough and Calvin Ridley elected to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. Had Harris declared, he likely would have been picked in the early rounds.
Alabama opens the 2018 season against Louisville in Orlando, Fla.