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Najee Harris spent four seasons at Alabama. During that time, he produced 4,624 total yards and 57 touchdowns, making him one of the most prolific running backs in school history. Now the Doak Walker Award winner is preparing for the NFL draft.
It’s been a rollercoaster for Harris, but he understands what it takes to be successful on the field. He learned a lot of that during his four-year stint in Tuscaloosa, which he talked about Thursday on ESPN.
The projected first-round pick joined Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman to discuss how Alabama differs from other college football programs around the country. For one, practice can sometimes be more difficult than the games against other opponents.
“The competition level in practice was almost greater than the game,” Harris told ESPN.
"The competition level in practice was almost greater than the game."
—Najee Harris on playing football at Alabama😮 pic.twitter.com/SSiFBIvLfF
— First Take (@FirstTake) April 22, 2021
It makes sense when you think about it.
If Alabama has one of the top defenses in the country — littered with NFL talent — then having to go against that group everyday in practice is going to help the guys on offense. On the flip side, the defense trying to slow down the offense on a day in, day out basis is more difficult than any opponent they’ll see on the field.
Iron sharpens iron.
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