Najee Harris discusses possibility of winning Heisman Trophy, becoming all-time leading rusher at Alabama
You might not know it yet, but a big season for Alabama senior running back Najee Harris could put him on track to surpass Derrick Henry as Alabama’s all-time leading rusher.
Harris discussed that possibility during his media availability on Tuesday, adding that he did not realize that accomplishment was a possibility until recently.
“I didn’t even know I was on track to do that until I got tagged in something after the (Missouri) game,” said Harris. “It ain’t really a goal. My personal goal is to become more of like a spokesman person because I suck at that right now with my teammates. I’m not really the type of guy to be in front of people and talk, I like talking to people one-on-one more.
“It’s not really about numbers. I try to work on the stuff I need to improve on, I try to put better stuff on film.”
Harris put up 98 rush yards in the win over Missouri, scoring three touchdowns as the Tide beat the Tigers 38-19 to open the 2020 season. That places Harris at No. 14 on Alabama’s all-time rushing list with 2,475 career yards. Henry’s Alabama career totaled 3,591 yards. Rushing for 1,117 yards to break that record in nine SEC games is no easy task, but Harris averaged 94 yards per game last season and could take another step forward in 2020 as one of the top running backs in college football.
Of course, if he does accomplish that feat, that would have to at least place Harris in the conversation of winning the Heisman Trophy. Harris also addressed whether or not that is a goal of his, after being asked about his YouTube series “The Campaign”, that shows him training for a Heisman Trophy-winning season with former Auburn running back Brad Lester.
“Thank you for watching my YouTube series, I appreciate that,” Harris quipped to the reporter that asked the question.
“The Heisman thing, I mean it was just something like a hobby I guess, to do during quarantine. I wasn’t really focused on it,” said Harris.
“As a running back, it’s hard to win a Heisman if we’re being realistic here, nowadays especially with all these great quarterbacks,” he continued with a chuckle.
Harris is right. Winning the Heisman Trophy is not an easy feat for a running back. In fact, since 2006, only two running backs have ever won the most prestigious individual award in college football.
Both of those running backs, however, played for the Crimson Tide.
Mark Ingram in 2009 and Derrick Henry in 2015 showed it is possible to win that trophy at that position, especially if you are in an Alabama uniform.
Can Harris be next?