With the addition of Tommy Rees as Offensive Coordinator, the belief is that Alabama will have a somewhat return to old-school offense. A good confirmation of this notion is the increase in weight sizes of the offensive line. Of course this change could mean a good deal of ground and pound for the running backs corps. The Crimson Tide has a good mix of upperclassmen and young-uns.
- Jahmyr Gibbs - We barely got to know him but he is well on his way to a 10+ year NFL career.
- Trey Sanders - Transferred to TCU.
- #2 Jase McClellan, SR - It’s been a long and winding road, but Jase arrives in spring camp as the heir apparent. After backing up the likes of the Steelers’ Najee Harris, Washington’s Brian Robinson Jr., and future NFLer Gibbs (as well as recovering from a 2021 knee injury that took him out in Game 5), the path looks clear for the fourth year player. But nothing is guaranteed. He has some tough competition for playing time.
- #5 Roydell Williams, SR - Throughout his time at Alabama, Roydell has always been the Robin to Jase’s Batman. He even busted his knee in the same season. He is a solid back-up but he might just get leapfrogged this year.
Idk but Jamarion Miller needs more playing time pic.twitter.com/KQLmpSELAG— ️ress ️lay ️arker (@PressPlayParker) November 1, 2022
- #26 Jamarion “Jam” Miller, SOPH - Miller had a few flashes of brilliance as a freshman - highlighted by a 40 yard touchdown romp against Vanderbilt. He probably deserved more playing time in 2022 but has a chance to shine.
- #22 Justice Haynes 5’11”/205, FR - Y’all. This guy. Whew! Haynes was rated 5-stars and the 24th best prospect of the 2023 recruiting class. In 12 games, he had 1,695 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior at powerhouse Buford HS. He also scored three TDs as a receiver in and returned two kickoffs for scores. He has great potential to be the next great Alabama running back. Plus, he wears #22. I’m just sayin’...
- Richard Young - Arrives later in the summer.
As we have learned over the last several seasons, running backs are not indestructible. Just two falls ago, the Crimson Tide had to resort to auditioning linebacker Demouy Kennedy and wide receiver Christian Leary at the position. Although Alabama will be adding a fifth back to the corps in the summer, is five still enough in an offense that might be more run-oriented?
Emmanuel Henderson was a 5-star recruit at running back in 2022 but expressed his desire to play another position for whatever reason. Unfortunately for him, he has a BUNCH of guys ahead of him on the WR depth chart. If he cannot be convinced to move back to the backfield, Nick Saban could go shopping in the post-spring transfer portal for a little depth.
PREDICTED A-DAY DEPTH CHART
For A-Day purposes, expect to see RB1-Jase and RB2-Roydell for seniority’s sake. But that may not fly when the whistle blows for real.
IF I WAS COACH
Who will be the best back of 2023?
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