Tennessee football: Top 10 players Vol have to face in 2020

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Najee Harris
Running back Alabama Crimson Tide

Senior; Antioch, Calif.

Hey may be a beneficiary of his offensive line, but Najee Harris is a preseason All-American for a reason, and he’ll be extremely tough to stop. Last year, the 6’2″ 230-pound product of Antioch High School in Northern California had 209 carries for 1,224 yards, averaging nearly six yards a carry, and he caught 27 passes for 304 yards.

In addition to over 1,500 yards from scrimmage, Harris had 20 total offensive touchdowns, 13 rushing and seven receiving. Against Tennessee football, he had 21 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and he added four carries for 48 yards. Somehow, that was one of his lesser performances, showing just how dominant he can be.

Because of this, UT will have to do everything it can to contain such a star. Harris is another one of those Nick Saban running backs who looks like he will be unstoppable at the next level, and staying another year in college will only send his draft stock soaring. It could also make him an unstoppable college force.

A new quarterback in Mac Jones will likely result in the offense leaning even more heavily on Harris this year, but the crazy part is that he already has experience doing that. UT was a game in which Tua Tagovailoa was knocked out, and as you already saw, Harris ran very well. Simply put, he’s got a ton of talent, and he’s one of many players Jeremy Pruitt will have to stop.

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