Scouting Report: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Richmond, KY | 5113 | 216 | 4.52E | 2019

Few people realize that Harris actually led the Tide in rushing yards in 2016 and his 7.2 yards per carry led all running backs but he only scored two rushing touchdowns compared to Bo Scarbrough’s 11. Big Bo may get a lot more of the spotlight but Harris might be the most complete running back on the team because he is a gifted receiver, he can bang it between the tackles and move the pile but he also possess the acceleration and speed needed to break big runs. His vision and his cutting ability is very reminiscent to Ezekiel Elliott in that Harris is capable of rifling right up to third gear in an instant. His top end speed is legitimate but what makes him special is his great balance and burst when he decides to put his foot in the ground and go. He has a well developed lower half that allows him to shed would be tacklers and he has the shiftiness to make defenders miss in the open field. Harris has excellent field awareness, he knows how to find the marker, he can tightrope the sideline and he consistently fights to reach the line to gain.

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2016: Earned the role as the Tide’s primary tailback following the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry … rushed 146 times for a team-leading 1,037 yards with two rushing scores … was even better against ranked teams, gaining 863 yards in those 10 games for an average of 86.3 ypg … 58 of his rushes on the season went for a first down or a touchdown … had 18 explosive rushes of 12 yards or more … improved as the game wore on, rushing 61 times for 489 yards and two scores in the second halves of games to average 8.0 ypc … had 85 rushes for 548 yards in the first half of his games (6.5 ypc) … added 14 catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns to average 7.1 yards per catch … selected to the Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List … named one of the UA coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his performances against USC, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Chattanooga.

2015: A backup to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, rushed 46 times for 157 yards and a score while catching four passes for 13 yards this season, entering in a relief role at tailback … ranked second on the team with nine kickoff returns for 174 yards including a long of 30 … also had two tackles on special teams. Wisconsin: Saw action in the first collegiate game of his career, rushing nine times for 23 yards with a long of 10 and hauling in one reception for a loss of four yards. Middle Tennessee: Rushed eight times for a career-high 55 yards, including a long rush of 41 with one reception for eight yards … added to an Alabama rushing attack that amassed 220 yards on the ground … also notched one tackle on special teams.

High School/Personal: The top-ranked running back in the nation by Rivals.com, Prepstar and the 247Composite … a five-star prospect by Rivals.com … participated in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game and Nike’s “The Opening” in 2013 and 2014 … 2014 All-USA first team by USA Today … 2013 Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year … 2014 The Courier-Journal’s All-State selection … the unanimous No. 1 player the state of Kentucky … No. 8 in the Rivals100 … No. 17 on the Prepstar top 150 Dream Team … No. 36 in the ESPN300, the No. 2 running back in the nation and No. 17 player in the Southeast region … No. 47 in the Top247 and the No. 3 running back by 247Sports.com … ranked No. 31 in the 247Composite … a knee injury limited Harris to 1,474 yards and 23 touchdowns in seven games during the 2014 season … rushed for 2,621 yards and 42 touchdowns as a junior in 2013 … finished his high school career with the second-most touchdowns in state history (122; rushing 113) and the 11th-most rushing yards (6,748) … coached by Jon Clark at Madison Southern in Berea, Ky. … chose Alabama over Ohio State and Kentucky. Footer Sponsor – AT&T Footer Sponsor – Stubhub Footer Sponsor – Ford Footer Sponsor – BBVA Compass Footer Sponsor – Blue Cross

Joe Everett

Joe Everett is the Director of College Scouting for NFL Draft Bible, he is the Founder of DraftScouts.com, also the Lead Editor & Defensive Statistician for Insider Football and member of the PFWA & FWAA.

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