Dirty play? Alabama RB Najee Harris upset at LB Tuf Borland for ankle grab
It did not take long for a bit of controversy to break through in Monday’s game between Alabama and Ohio State.
The two teams are battling back-and-forth in the first quarter and it was the Crimson Tide to score first. On their opening drive of the game, quarterback Mac Jones led the team right down the field and converted on a key third-down play to Jaylen Waddle.
Ohio State’s defense looked a bit better guarding Alabama in the red zone and forced a short fourth-and-goal play. Running back Najee Harris punched it in cleanly, getting upset at linebacker Tuf Borland in the process.
Replay reviews show Borland diving at Harris and grabbing his ankle, though Borland’s dive appeared to be a tackle attempt before the touchdown signal was called. Once Borland was on the ground, he simply hung on – without twisting – until well after the whistle was called.
Harris was visibly upset, but no flag was thrown. Here are a couple of angles of the play:
Najee Harris was mad at the referee b/c he thought #32 Tuf Borland gator rolled his leg under the pile. Here is the vid. pic.twitter.com/vknMzlezAx
— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) January 12, 2021
Tuf Borland did a little gator roll on Najee Harris’ ankle. Thats what Harris was pissed about pic.twitter.com/B4g8m9EoRr
— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) January 12, 2021
What do you think about Borland’s play on Harris?