Nick Saban explains why Damien Harris didn't start against Tennessee
Alabama’s offense looked a little different at the start of Saturday’s game at Tennessee, as Damien Harris didn’t start at running back for the first time since 2016.
After the Crimson Tide’s 58-21 win, coach Nick Saban said that Harris didn’t start for “internal reasons.”
Harris entered the game for the first time midway through the first quarter. He received only three carries, rushing for 12 yards and one touchdown.
Brian Robinson Jr. (13 carries), Josh Jacobs (12) and Najee Harris (nine) all touched the ball more than Harris. Jacobs got the start against the Vols.
Harris, a senior, is in his fourth season at Alabama. He rushed for 1,037 yards in 2016 and 1,000 yards in 2017. Through eight games this year, he has 435 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
Saban didn’t provide any more information on why Harris didn’t start, so it’s unclear if he will return to the starting lineup and have a heavier workload next game. Alabama returns to action after its bye week when it plays LSU on Nov. 3.