"He's awesome. Every day he's getting in the reps," quarterback Aaron Murray said. "He's going against our number one defense every day so he's getting pounded here and there, but he continues to get out there and work hard for us and get all the reps."
Harton is more than just your average scout teamer, though. He's got talent worthy of a breakout performance in SEC matchups. In fact, Harton had a breakout game against Kentucky in 2011. As a sophomore Harton carried the ball 23 times for a total of 107 yards in a home matchup with the Wildcats. He was Georgia's leading rusher in the team's 19-10 conference win. Harton's performance gave him more yards on the ground than Ken Malcome, Isaiah Crowell and Murray, and though that game marked his career high for carries and rushing yards, he hasn't let up since.
"He's an extremely hard worker and that's the reason he was able to shine in that game where he played against Kentucky," wide receiver Chris Conley said. "He's been a guy who's had to wait his turn and who's had to sit behind some really talented guys, but he's shown that he's going to work with that work ethic regardless and he's going to be ready when his number is called. He's been a really unselfish team player."
That's a game Harton won't forget.
"The memory that's going to stick with me is just looking up on that scoreboard and seeing 'Georgia wins the SEC East' or 'SEC East Champions' and to know that I played a part of helping us get there," Harton said. "That was huge for me."
He's had to sit behind a long line of running backs this season. At the beginning of the year it was Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, then it was freshmen backs J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas as injuries sidelined Georgia's sophomore starters. Harton never could seem to catch a break.
"It's hard just because when you've got talented guys like Todd and Brendan Douglas," defensive end Garrison Smith said. "You've just got so many guys that it's hard to get your shine, but everybody knows he's a great player and he's a hard worker. We all like him and we all respect him so we love him as a teammate."
Though it's been a slow season for Harton, he's taking it in stride. He understands his role in Georgia's offense and aims to do what's best for his team.
"(He's) just having a positive attitude about the whole situation," Gurley said. "He really hasn't been so hard on himself. He understands the situation. He's just going to do what he has to do to make the team better; if that's scout team or whatever it is."
Harton's teammates applaud his unselfish play, but also realize he's a talented running back. He's on the SEC stage for a reason -- he's got skills.
"He's always squared when he's doing his steps and he's always just full speed at the line of scrimmage and having his shoulder pads down," Gurley said. "He's definitely hitting it hard. He's just so quick and it's so hard to catch him."
It's hard to catch Harton in the open field, but it's also difficult to catch him cracking a smile. According to Gurley, Smith can't seem to get him to laugh. That's saying something for a defender who takes pride in his off the field antics.
"He laughs sometimes, but he's really quiet though," Smith said. "That's just how some people is."
Though he's not always easy to see, or hear, the soft-spoken Harton surrounds himself with his teammates constantly. In fact, Harton is the guy to know among Georgia's long line of standout players from past and present.
"He's been best friend to those guys who have been 'the guys' on the team," Conley said. "Best friends with Tavarres King, (Bacarri) Rambo and them. When you come in as a freshman, guys who are like the ballers, Harton was always with the ballers and so you wanted to be with Harton."
Those are the players that really caused Harton to open up and speak his mind.
"We had a good friendship," Harton said. "TK and Rambo, they like to joke around a lot. I always heard short jokes no matter what it was, but I'd make something about them and it's all laughs. It's like a big brotherhood between all of us so it's always fun."
Harton's made a lot of bonds and memories in his time at Georgia.
"Friends and stuff that I've made here, the bond with my coaches, teammates and other people around campus that I've met," Harton said. "I wouldn't trade these past few years for anything."
Harton's not a standout SEC running back. Gurley's got that role right now. He's not at the top of Georgia's depth chart either. Gurley's got that, too. However, he's experienced just about everything during his run in Athens.
"He's a guy that's experienced it all and he has knowledge to share with the younger guys and he does a great job of it," Murray said. "He's just a great friend for everyone."
Saturday's matchup with Kentucky will be Harton's last chance to play between the hedges.
"It's going to be special; lots of mixed emotions, I can say that," Harton said. "I'll be excited, but kind of sad. Sanford Stadium, that's one of the best places to play in college football and to have played for Georgia, I mean that's something special."