Najee Harris motivated to go against Georgia's elite defense: 'It’s straight dudes out there'
Najee Harris is having a career year this fall, having scored 10 touchdowns in just three games, but the toughest challenge of the season awaits him with the Georgia Bulldogs headed to Tuscaloosa this weekend.
Kirby Smart’s defense leads the conference in scoring defense and rushing defense while rating second in turnovers forced and stopping opponents on third downs.
On the other hand, Alabama’s offense leads the conference scoring offense and converting on third downs.
Saturday will be the classic showdown of elite offense vs. elite defense with the league’s best two units going head to head.
While that could be intimidating to some players, Harris says going up against Georgia’s defense will only serve to motivate him.
“They have an amazing defense, one of the best in the nation, that should just motivate me more,” Harris said during his Monday media availability. “Really anybody should motivate me more but Georgia, if you look at what they’ve done, Tennessee last game, giving up 1 yard, I think, rushing. But that just motivates me more. When you line up against them, the opposite side of the ball, it’s straight dudes out there; it’s dogs, really.”
Harris returned to Alabama for his senior season to improve his stock before eventually leaving for the NFL.
While he’s likely shown enough to prove he has improved, Saturday will be the ultimate test for Alabama’s running back.
If he plays well, Alabama stands a good chance of winning. If he doesn’t, the Tide will likely lose. That’s something even Harris is willing to admit.
“It motivates me more because, me personally, I feel like I have to be on top of my game, even more, to come out of this game victorious,” Harris concluded.