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Najee Harris vs. Brian Robinson Jr., who anchors Alabama at RB next fall?

After losing Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs to the National Football League, the University of Alabama returns Najee Harris and Brian Robinson Jr. as its primary running backs for next season.

Both players enrolled in the 2017 signing class, despite Harris being regarded as a five-star and No. 1 overall athlete in the class while Robinson came in boasting a four-star rating. 

Harris and Robinson bring size to the table; however, Robinson has more power and showed versatility as a receiver on A-Day. In two years, Harris has more rushing yards (1,153) and touchdowns (seven) — including a performance of 783 yards with four scores in 2018. 

Seeing how the Crimson Tide’s offensive line will be much improved and Nick Saban wants to get back to being more physical, the question is which back will rise and anchor the rotation in the fall for a program pushing to return to the College Football Playoff national title stage? 

Much depth will be at the position, as the Tide also has Jerome Ford, Chadarius Townsend, Trey Sanders (summer enrollee) and Keilan Robinson (summer enrollee).  

In Wednesday’s airing of In My Own Words, Stephen Smith of Touchdown Alabama Magazine goes inside the running back position and breaks down both Brian Robinson and Harris. 

Who do you think will have the better year? 

You can listen to the audio version of the podcast via SoundCloud.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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