Najee Harris named one of three finalists for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama held its final practice of the week on Thursday, working in a helmets-only session on Thursday at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. The Tide will depart for Atlanta on Friday in advance of Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Championship Game with Florida.


Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year

Also on Thursday, senior running back Najee Harris was named one of three finalists for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year. The award recognizes exemplary leadership both on and off the field.


Alabama becomes the first program to have two finalists for this award. Minkah Fitzpatrick was a finalist for the inaugural award in 2017.


Harris has accumulated 3,091 career rushing yards. The running back has overcome a challenging childhood in which he faced homelessness to become a vocal leader during the Alabama team’s social justice movement and one of the main voices for his university’s push towards a more unified campus. He has also been an active member in the Tuscaloosa community, recording nearly 50 hours of community service, highlighted by his volunteer efforts with the Alberta Head Start Unity Project.


The winner of the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year will also receive a $10,000 contribution in his name to his school’s athletic scholarship fund. The contribution will be made by Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation, the official charity of Jason and his wife Michelle.


Walter Camp Football Foundation “Players to Watch” for 2020 Player of the Year Award

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver Davonta Smith and running back Najee Harris to its “Players to Watch” for its 2020 Player of the Year award, the fourth-oldest college football award in the nation.


The Walter Camp Player of the Year is voted on by the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.   A list of five finalists will be announced on Monday, December 28, and the winner announced on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, January 7.