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Damien Harris brushes off Benny Snell’s self-praise, says he’s a Duke basketball fan

Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran loves the confidence, and even more so because Snell backs it up both in practice and in games.

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.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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38 Comments for Damien Harris brushes off Benny Snell’s self-praise, says he’s a Duke basketball fan

  1. demoCrAT
    10:08 pm July 18, 2018 Permalink

    He just lost my support

  2. cats646
    10:14 pm July 18, 2018 Permalink

    I could have the stats he has with Alabamas line in front of me. Imagine the yards Benny would have if he didn’t get hit in the backfield 1/3 of the plays. Smh. Soooo glad he went to Alabama. Snell is definitely better than Mr. Harris.

    • foamfinger
      11:17 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

      That is true, but his numbers would be even higher with that O line in front of him if they didn’t use a RB by committee approach at Bama. When he goes to the next level, he might be in for a rude awakening since everyone else on the field will be faster and stronger, so he’s going to have to learn to pound the ball and grind for those extra yards against full grown men, as opposed to college. I think Snell will have an easier transition since he tends to break tackles and fall forward. The one thing I would like to see out of Snell is maybe a little more speed and to see him catch out of the backfield more often. He can already block and pick up blitzes because Gran wouldn’t let him see the field if he didn’t understand that role.

    • unbridled
      7:50 pm July 19, 2018 Permalink

      Benny snell really needs to focus on the upcoming season and what he needs to do to help make his team successful. Prove it on the field bub. Wins are the only thing that matters. Why is mark stoopids not teaching this? The schedule is not favorable.

  3. Cincy Cayt
    10:21 pm July 18, 2018 Permalink

    Lol such a troll move

    • blueblue
      10:46 pm July 18, 2018 Permalink

      He knew exactly what to say to piss off the entire BBN!!! ?

    • runningunnin.454
      11:47 pm July 18, 2018 Permalink

      I think Benny’s words touched a nerve. So he’s a Duke fan; bet he can’t name 3 players on Duke’s last title team.
      But, what’s he going to say…I’m an Alabama basketball fan?

    • My Dixie Wrecked
      9:22 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

      When he was raising the National Championship Trophy, do you think Benny Snell was on his mind? If anything, he was probably thinking he’s glad he wasn’t playing in the Music City Bowl.

  4. jahanc2uky
    10:31 pm July 18, 2018 Permalink

    I guess after his NFL career goes nowhere, Damien will be living elsewhere.

  5. KYcats11
    10:36 pm July 18, 2018 Permalink

    I just don’t get how you can play for and attend a school, and be a fan of another team.

    • Ridge Runner
      1:33 pm July 19, 2018 Permalink

      He wouldn’t have caused any major stir if he would have said, I’m a Alabama basketball fan. Your point is taken.

  6. rlburd2
    10:39 pm July 18, 2018 Permalink

    Would you say the same if he said he was a .uk basketball fan? Ky is a better basketball school without question so wouldn’t liking uk basketball be even worse?

    • KYcats11
      10:48 pm July 18, 2018 Permalink

      Not necessarily, because he is from Kentucky. He has no connection to Durham as far as I know, and just likes them because they have been relevant in his lifetime

  7. deazysUK
    10:50 pm July 18, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t believe he’s a duke fan growing up in Kentucky.!.!. Wish him the best but our boy Benny is the best in all college football.

    • PillsburyThrowboy
      8:52 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

      For what it’s worth, I don’t believe Harris grew up in Kentucky. I think he moved here sometime in early high school

  8. blueballs80
    12:25 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    Regardless of the comments, Benny is the better RB. He has to carry a majority of the runs. Harris had Bough Scarborough, another big back to carry the load along with Najee Harris and had Derrick Henry the year before. Snell did not have that luxury. He grinds hard and tough. He is the better running back at the next level.

  9. steve simpson
    1:54 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t forget his tweet about playing UK being personal. He’s jealous and wanted UK to be desperate to have him. Benny any day!!!!

  10. jimmer
    5:15 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    UK wanted him. He understandably chose Bama. Since then he’s made d-bag comments towards UK fan base. Sounds immature to me. Moving on.

  11. KYjellyRoll
    5:56 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    Can we get a comparison of Damien’s 3 year stat total, and snells two year stat total?

  12. Duuuuuude
    7:22 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    His comments are very confusing as it appeared that he seriously was considering UK. I saw him at a UK basketball game. Most UK fans around the state were disappointed with his decision but understood it and wished him the best. Not sure why he would throw shade at UK fans unless people close to him were hard on him. Comments such as this obviously would not endear him to people in KY.

  13. Wade
    8:18 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    Hes dead to me I used to even check on his stats or cheer for him in big games… not anymore… jay bilas that’s who your a fan of and you don’t know how you became a fan of duke. How the hell did you grow up in ky. Damien Benedict Arnold Harris is a traitor folks! Twisted young man don’t let him near ky and if you see him call the authorities!

  14. ClutchCargo
    8:48 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    I get it, he was just talking a little trash after being asked about Snell’s comments a second time. Really, the Alabama basketball team has more reason to be annoyed by this than the UK fanbase. Kind of tired of even hearing about this guy, honestly.

  15. Headhurts
    9:54 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    UK got the right guy in Benny.

  16. Alleykat16
    9:57 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    I would hope our football players would support the basketball program and the same the other way. For this harris kid to pick dook over Obama’s basketball program what does that say about him. Im a Snell fan and riding him everywhere he goes

  17. TB112162
    11:12 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    Please don’t lump the greatest sports franchise the Yankees with The Patriots

  18. Bill3
    11:19 am July 19, 2018 Permalink

    And that’s how you burn any Kentucky bridges you might have had with the BBN. In less than 10 years who will know who the Alabama running back was in 2018?

  19. michaelb
    12:47 pm July 19, 2018 Permalink

    It’s cause deep down inside he feels inferior.

  20. notFromhere
    1:08 pm July 19, 2018 Permalink

    Harris has less yards for his 3 years at Bama behind an incredible offensive line- 5 stars and 4 stars across the board. If we was better than Snell, he’d have scored more and had more yards.

    It’s ok to hold a trophy you barely had a hand in winning, but taking the ball from every back ahead of you in the rankings and on the team and kicking ask with it is what winners do.

    I love the confidence of Snell, the desire of Snell, and that heart of fire. Wouldn’t trade him for a Harris then or now. We want the ones that want to be here. That he would say that about Duke just shows he realizes he missed a bigger opportunity here at UK.

    Trophies and rings are cool. The game is greater than that. Harris is about Harris and that’s his right to be that way. Just not the kind of person you want on your team. He’d be right at home with Coach K. Nuff said

  21. Bluebloodtoo
    4:41 pm July 19, 2018 Permalink

    I wasn’t mad at Harris when he chose Alabama. Didn’t blame him one bit. But his continued antagonistic attitude towards UK (or maybe just the fans) is souring me on him. Show some maturity, buddy.

  22. stevemotley
    6:37 pm July 19, 2018 Permalink

    Damien Harris is a Duke fan? I knew he ran a little soft, I was wondering about his sexual orientation.

  23. dukeisking
    8:30 pm July 19, 2018 Permalink

    Basically you guys are saying that Benny Snell is surrounded by a severe LACK OF TALENT.. is this true??

    • notFromhere
      11:32 pm July 19, 2018 Permalink

      Relative lesser talent. It’s a tough concept for a duke fan to grab. Common sense still can’t be paid for

  24. CombatMedic_98
    10:57 pm July 19, 2018 Permalink

    Speaking of Alabama and duke fans…? Then YES!