Najee Harris picks up national award following huge game against Ole Miss
Alabama RB Najee Harris had a career game against Ole Miss on Saturday, and the first of likely several awards has rolled in already following the effort.
Harris rushed for a career-high 206 yards and five touchdowns as second-ranked Alabama defeated Ole Miss, 63-48. That gave him the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week. Harris scored on runs of 5, 33, 3, 16 and 39 yards as the Crimson Tide improved to 3-0.
Najee Harris is the 16th Alabama player since 2004 to earn Walter Camp National FBS Player of the Week honors, and the first since teammate Davonta Smith on Sept. 29, 2019.
It was a game full of offensive fireworks, as Alabama and Ole Miss traded touchdowns for much of the night, but Ole Miss eventually misfired in the Alabama part of the field and had to try a field goal. That was about as good as a defense could ask for in this game.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, that puts Harris in some rare company. He’s the first player to have 200 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns in a game this year. He also joins Shaun Alexander and Santonio Beard as the only Alabama running backs to rush for 5 touchdowns in a game:
The Crimson Tide return to action this week against Georgia.
Najee Harris is the first player to have 200 rushing yards and 5 rush TD in a game this season. It has happened once in each of the last three seasons.
Harris is the 3rd RB in Alabama history to rush for 5 TD, joining Santonio Beard in 2002 and Shaun Alexander in 1998. pic.twitter.com/C3JcehSNcw
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2020