Coming into the season, Alabama football was blessed with significant depth at the running back position, at least in terms of blue chip talent. In reality, Brian Robinson has dominated the snaps more than most projected him to, and now the only other back to get significant time has been lost for the season.
Alabama RB Jase McClellan will have knee surgery tomorrow and is out for the season. @AlabamaFTBL— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) October 4, 2021
This is a shame for Jase, who was showing so much promise. He had particularly carved out a niche as a pass catcher out of the backfield, especially in the red zone, amassing ten receptions for 97 yards and three TDs on the young season. Roydell Williams looks to be the next man up and he runs hard.
Behind Roydell, however, seems to be a lot of questions. For whatever reason Trey Sanders has seen very little action. We haven’t had any indication that there have been setbacks in his recovery. Saban said today that he and Williams will need to step up. Many fans have liked what they have seen from Sanders in limited action, so hopefully he is ready to meet that potential.
Oh, and that’s not all!
Saban on Camar Wheaton: "He had a meniscus or whatever, so he's kind of week-to-week. But he's not been cleared medically to practice at this point."— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) October 4, 2021
Wheaton was the #3 overall RB in the 2021 class and was expected to make an immediate impact. The Tide lost RBs Keilan Robinson and Kyle Edwards to the transfer portal in the offseason.
Not the news we wanted, but there is still some depth here. Robinson hasn’t been completely healthy himself so someone is going to have to share the load. Might Slade Bolden, who has played some RB in the past, get a few of the looks out of the backfield that Jase was getting? Or, perhaps, even freshman JoJo Earle?
In any case, trust the process and hope for the best. Get well soon, Jase.