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Bo Scarbrough takes the bull by the horns in the early stages...!

on 1/05/2017

Crimson Tide Football:

The hype around Bo Scarbrough was unrelenting before the season. Many expected the sophomore running back to be a Derrick Henry redux because of his size and speed.

But before his breakout performance Saturday in the College Football Playoff semifinal round, Scarbrough had rushed for more than 100 yards in a game only once.

Injuries and Tide's decision to deploy him late in games helped marginalize Scarbrough. The idea behind using Scarbrough as a closer, offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin explained, "
was for the opposing defense to "wear down and he could come in and do what he did at the end.

In the previous 12 games he played, 74 percent of the yardage he gained was produced after halftime.

So, it was a bit a surprise to see Scarborough featured as early as Alabama's second possession of the game against Washington. Yet as offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin later said, Scarbrough's opportunity was in the works for a while.

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He's had a really good month of practice and a really good week this week in practice and we really thought he would probably be the key to the game," he said.

Scarbrough carried the ball on three of the final four plays of the Tide's first touchdown drive, barreling his way through defenders on his way to the end zone during a tone-setting 18-yard run. It was a defining play and among the highlights of his 19-carry, 180-yard rushing performance.

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It's just trust in the process and believing in your teammates and believing in yourself that you can get the job done if the coach can trust you," Scarbrough said.

Scarbrough was handed the ball nine times in the first half, accumulating 80 rushing yards in the process. By playing so well, he leapfrogged Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs in the pecking order -- at least for one game.

"
Damien is our starter and Josh has done some really good things," Kiffin said. "But we decided as the game was going to go with Bo."

It proved to be a smart decision as Scarbrough made his mark.


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