ATHENS – Najee Harris is the best peak in the nation and he plays like that and thinks like that.
The Alabama senior, who is coming back, goes 206 yards with 5 touches against Ole Miss, can’t wait for the challenge that the Georgia defense will present at 20:00 on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium (TV: CBS).
“Georgia, they have an amazing defense, one of the best in the nation, “Harris said in an interview with Zoom on Tuesday.
“If you look at what they did to Tennessee in the last game, it just motivates me even more, because you know that when you line up against them, it̵
“It’s a motivating game for all of us. This motivates me more because I feel I have to be on top of my game even more to know that we can come out of this game winners. “
The Bulldogs (3-0) lead the nation in a fast-paced defense, allowing just 38.3 yards per game and 1.49 yards per carry, after holding the Vols to minus-1 yards, rushing in a 44-21 win Saturday.
Harris, 6 feet-2, 230 pounds from Antioch, California, leads the SEC with 115.7 yards per game. He already has 10 quick touchdowns in the first three games.
Georgia, meanwhile, have not allowed a quick touchdown to go back in the last 18 games. The series dates back to the time when Josh Jacobs of Alabama recovered his own problems in the end zone in the second quarter of Tide’s 35-28 SEC Championship Game victory in 2018.
Each team talks about achieving a balance between running and passing, the better to keep guessing in defense
Very few have succeeded against the teams of Kirby Smart from Georgia, but those who have succeeded are more successful.
In the five games, the Bulldogs have allowed 100 yards while running Smart, UGA is only 3-2.
Bulldogs are 44-10 in 54 games, opponents have not had a 100-yard accelerator. Georgia is also 25-1 when opponents fail to win 100 yards collectively.
But Harris is a unique challenge, as is the Alabama line.
“(Harris) is fast, physically, he gets the ball away from the back, which makes it much harder to defend,” Smart said. “It’s not just Najee; their offensive line is humorous. Everyone is 330/340 and they carry on you. “
Smart and his protective staff may have studied the film about Tide’s victory over Texas A&M earlier.
Jimbo Fisher’s coach Agis prioritized stopping the run, keeping Harris in relative check as he had 12 noses for 43 yards (and 2 touchdowns).
““Texas A&M had a lot of stunts, it lowered security, it closed the game a bit, but it opened up a lot of expansion,” Harris said. “We are trying to be a team, where we face a team that is trying to stop running, we will (pass) the ball. If they try to stop the pass, the running backs have to play a role and the running game has to open. “
This happened at Texas A&M as quarterback Mac Jones was 20-of-27, passing for 435 yards with 4 TDs and just 1 interception.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Crimson Tide’s offensive line intensified against the rebels last Saturday.
“I think (Harris) played great in the game (s) and I also think the offensive line did a really good job in the front block game, so he had some opportunities in the game that we weren’t consistent,” Saban said. . “But we were very consistent in the running game and we had a great balance.”
Harris said it was only important for him and his teammates to win, whether Alabama did it by land or by air.
“I personally don’t even look at the statistics, “Harris said. “I’m looking at what we need to do to win the game.
“Every game is different because every team plays a different defense against us. In fact, we don’t know what to expect in the game. “
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