Damien Harris didn’t have a spectacular performance in Week 1 of the young NFL season, only mustering up 62 yards on 16 carries. He also recorded his first career fumble in his NFL debut.
This past Sunday against the Dolphins, however, he would not make the same mistake. Harris managed to reach the century mark for the first time, of many to come, in his short NFL career, rushing for 100 yards on 23 totes. While he couldn’t find the end zone, the impact he had was apparent in a 17-16 win for the New England Patriots.
In an interview with SportsCenter on ESPN, Harris was asked about how his time at Alabama prepared him for play at the next level, and here is what he had to say:
“100 percent, everybody knows that Coach Belichick and Coach Saban are pretty close, so they run their ships pretty much the same,” Harris said. “Obviously they have their differences, but Coach Saban prepared me to be in this situation. I think going to the University of Alabama and being a part of that program definitely helped create a sort of mentality to come in and show up every day with that professional mindset. I think all the things I went through with him help me get ready for this stage. It was still a tough adjustment, because you don’t really know what you’re walking into especially here when you get to New England.”