Najee Harris explains why he made hurdling defenders part of his repertoire
Alabama RB Najee Harris has made a name for himself by hurdling defenders, and America was reminded about that talent last week when he leaped over a would-be Notre Dame tackler in the Rose Bowl.
The Alabama running back drew attention again when he jumped over the player during a 53-yard run against the Fighting Irish.
After the game, coach Nick Saban commented on the big play.
“I actually try to teach him not to do it,” Saban said, “but it didn’t work.”
At a press conference on Wednesday to preview the national championship matchup with Ohio State, Harris explained how hurdling came about for him.
“I don’t even remember the first hurdle really,” Harris said. “But it was just a way, I got tired of getting chopped in the legs and the ankles, it hurts. So I guess I just started hurdling.”
The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder from Antioch, California is the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader for total touchdowns in a career with 54 (44 rushing, 10 receiving). He’s also Alabama’s career leader for rushing scores with 44, surpassing the previous record of 42 by Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry.
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The Notre Dame hurdle was far from his first, as Harris had one last season at South Carolina, and several in high school.
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