Alabama has a long history of placing players on the nations’ All-American squads. In its 125 year history, a total of 115 players have been named to 124 first-team All-American teams. That is good for 6th in all-time in All-Americans. It has also produced 68 consensus All-Americans, also good for 6th.
However, what the Crimson Tide has done in the past decade in terms of player development has been astounding: Of those 124 first-team All-Americans, 40 of them have come since 2008. In that decade, the Tide has not produced fewer than four (4) first-team All-Americans in any year. And, in 2011, the Tide cranked out seven (7) first-teamers.
Of the 40 first-team All-Americans in the Saban era, 16 have been unanimous selections.
It’s not simply maximizing the benefits of older players either. Since the 2008 NSD class, Alabama has placed another ten (10) players on the Freshman All-American team, most recently Jalen Hurts.
It’s not just Alabama’s ability to recruit them, it’s what this staff does with them once they don the script A.
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