At one point, Damien Harris was the biggest Kentucky football recruit in decades. As the top running back prospect in the nation, the five-star out of Richmond, KY held offers from just about every school in the nation, but his decision came down to the Cats and the Crimson Tide.
In the end, the opportunity for championships won out and Harris committed to Alabama.
Just a year later, a no-name three-star running back named Benny Snell became a Wildcat, expected to be nothing more than a role player for his first few seasons. Solid recruit, but most felt he was a project.
Three seasons later in 2018, Harris and Snell are seen as the top-two running backs in the SEC. Not too shabby of a consolation prize for the Cats.
If you ask Snell, though, there’s no debate. The Kentucky star is the best in the conference.
Benny Snell, are you the best running back in the SEC? pic.twitter.com/jeQesAumBz
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) July 16, 2018
Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran loves the confidence, and even more so because Snell backs it up both in practice and in games.
What did @CoachGran think of @benny_snell proclaiming at SEC Media Days that he was best running back in the SEC?@UKFootball @LEX18News @BobAllenMotrMal @saltrivereng @MeltonsDeli2 pic.twitter.com/J9H5stWHLi
— Vaughts' Views (@vaughtsviews) July 19, 2018
When asked about Snell’s comments today, Harris took the professional approach.
“Who doesn’t think they’re the best? Don’t we all think we’re the best at our position?”
A different reporter asked a similar question later in the day, and the Alabama senior wasn’t as kind the second time around. According to Jen Smith of the Herald-Leader, Harris had the ‘no-comment, next question’ approach.
Did Harris have any opinion on that? “No,” he said simply, looking around the table for the next question.
If he wasn’t an enemy of the Big Blue Nation yet, his next comments will certainly do the trick.
Harris, who has rushed for 2,194 yards and 14 touchdowns over his three-year career, said he’s a Duke fan.
“I haven’t (yet) but I would love to meet Jay Bilas. I’m a Duke basketball fan. I’m not sure how or why. It just happened.”
Alabama football and Duke basketball? Shocker.
Wonder if he’s a fan of the Patriots, Lakers, and Yankees, too.