Alabama running back Najee Harris anticipates larger workload after staying patient

Alabama junior running back Najee Harris has rushed for 1,153 yards and 6.5 yards per carry through his first two seasons in Tuscaloosa.
photo Alabama junior running back Najee Harris has rushed for 1,153 yards and 6.5 yards per carry through his first two seasons in Tuscaloosa.

Najee Harris averaged more than 20 carries a game in each of his final three seasons at Antioch High School in California.

The rushes have not been nearly as plentiful in college.

Through his first two seasons at Alabama, the former five-star talent has yet to earn a start and has averaged slightly more than six carries a game. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder has made the most of his limited opportunities, however, averaging a robust 6.5 yards per carry.

"As a running back, you always want the ball, but it is a business," Harris said this week in a news conference.