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RB Damien Harris makes statement in Alabama’s win over Southern California

Alabama running back Damien Harris (No. 34) rips off 73-yard run in Saturday's game vs. USC: Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Bo Scarbrough snatched all headlines during the offseason, but Saturday night belonged to Damien Harris. After earning most valuable player honors on A-Day and improving his craft throughout summer workouts, Harris led all running backs in yards (both teams) against Southern California.

The 5-foot-11, 214-pound back totaled 138 of the team’s 242 rushing yards on nine carries. He averaged a jaw-dropping 15.3 yards per tote, with his longest run being in excess of 70 yards.

Damien Harris 73-yard run vs USC

Despite some miscommunication between Harris and quarterback Jalen Hurts on a hand-off (lost fumble) and Trojans’ defensive back Adoree’ Jackson preventing a touchdown on both of Harris’ long runs, his efforts helped set up two scoring drives and gave Alabama momentum in its 52-6 win.

Harris, a native of Berea, Ky., was a five-star prospect upon signing to the Tide in 2015.

He rushed for 157 yards and a score on 46 carries a year ago; however, the combination of speed, power and patience he showed at AT&T Stadium has fans very excited for the sophomore.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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