Who is going to be the third wide receiver?
Expect to see a good amount of all three of the players that have been competing for that third receiver job. Those players: redshirt junior Robert Foster, junior Cam Sims and graduate transfer Gehrig Dieter.
Foster has made big plays throughout camp, including a long touchdown catch and another long reception during Alabama's first scrimmage. Sims and Dieter have also worked with the first-team during camp.
This receiver squad has a chance to be legendary. A former 5-star, a 6'5" athletic freak, and a graduate transfer coming off a 1000-yard season are battling for a third receiver spot. It is absolutely insane.
Then, think about the athletic testing numbers that came out of the offseason camps: Calvin Ridley and Robert Foster both ran under a 4.35 forty yard dash, while Ardarius Stewart was not far behind at a 4.43. The amount of raw speed there is absolutely insane. You likely won't even find a faster receiving corps in the NFL.
If there were any doubts about Ryan Anderson's status as an elder statesman on the team, they were erased within the span of an hour Tuesday.
Not long after the outside linebacker was named to the Senior Bowl watch list, he shot down a question about the promise of this year's defense.
"I don't get into potential," Anderson said with Mr. T-like gravitas. "I played with a lot of guys in high school that had potential. So I don't get into all that. It's about showing up to work every day and getting better."
Alabama lacks leadership and chemistry.
Between Ryan Anderson, Reuben Foster, Eddie Jackson, Tim Williams, Jonathan Allen, and Dalvin Tomlinson, the Tide's starting defense is loaded with grizzled veterans. This team has leadership in spades, and even more talent stockpiled behind that.
Jonah Williams, five-star freshman OT, Alabama:
The Crimson Tide are built on mauling people at the line of scrimmage, and they look very comfortable doing it this year with Williams. That's quite a testament to Williams, the No. 17 player in the nation from the Class of 2016 who enrolled early out of California. He won the starting job in the spring and he looks equipped to hang onto it into the fall even with Alabama's bench full of grown men.
Jonah Williams has surprisingly gotten very little attention over the fact that a true freshman has locked down the right tackle spot with faltering since last spring. The freshman from California is a tremendous athlete with a sculpted build that can move as fast as many linebackers. Then he went on to add 25 pounds during the offseason, and has an element of brute strength to go along with his athleticism.
He'll likely make his fair share of freshman mistakes, but the kid has "future superstar" written all over him.
Nick Saban made an interesting statement after Alabama’s second and final fall scrimmage on Saturday.
"We’ll probably have more freshmen play this year maybe than we’ve had for a while around here," Saban said at Bryant-Denny Stadium. "We feel good about some of them. They’ve got a long way to go, but we lost a lot of good players. Some of those guys are certainly adding depth at a lot of positions for us, and we need them to be able to have roles…"
With that being said, 2016 could be a youth movement for the Crimson Tide and its top-ranked signing class. Below, BamaOnLine takes a look at the freshmen that could make an impact on the field this upcoming season.
This class could end up being special. Some are already comparing it to the impact of that 2008 class, though that may be a little premature.
Jalen Hurts, B.J. Emmons, Josh Jacobs, Jonah Williams, Raekwon Davis, Jamar King, Trevon Diggs, Miller Forristall, Shyheim Carter, and Jared Mayden are all vying for regular playing this fall, with many of them having a very real shot to win a starting job.
Across the state, as Auburn has yo-yoed between great, awful and mediocre, Alabama has been a model of consistency despite the fact it has had five players run the offense in Saban's first nine years of coach.
By creating a system less reliant on one individual, the Crimson Tide has mitigated the variable nature of quarterback play and reduced the potential of volatility during a transition period like the one Alabama is experiencing now.
In short: Auburn sucks and Lane Kiffin is amazing.