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Offensive Philosophy May Change Back To More Run...!

on 5/13/2017 07:00:00 AM

Crimson Tide Football:

Alabama has work to do on its offensive line, and after a coaching-duty shuffle, there could be as many as four new starters on the line – either former starters working at new positions or completely new names.

Even so for now lets take a look at the RB position


Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, Joshua Jacobs, B.J. Emmons, Ronnie Clark, Avery Reid* - New: Najee Harris, Brian Robinson, Chadarius Townsend

While B.J. Emmons will miss at least a substantial part of spring practice while recovering from surgery, there still figures to be intense competition here, and it’s one of the biggest reasons Alabama is moving away from the spread and more toward a power offense. 

It’s easier almost to talk about who isn’t in the mix for the starting job: Avery Reid, a walk-on, played sparingly last year, while oft-injured Ronnie Clark may be ticketed more for an H-back role. 

True freshman Chadarius Townsend should also see work at wide receiver and defensive back, and typically players that are moved around a bit in their first camp tend to take longer to break into the playing rotation somewhere. 

Even with Emmons sidelined, that still leaves three talented holdovers (Scarbrough, Jacobs, Damien Harris) and two signees (Robinson, Najee Harris) to compete for the position. 

The darkhorse by far is Robinson, but at roughly 220 pounds and testing out faster than Najee Harris in drills last week, he wouldn’t be the first lesser-heralded running back to steal carries from a more hyped player. 

The big question is whether Bo Scarbrough can stay healthy, followed closely by whether Damien Harris can continue on the same upward track that took him from disappointing filler player as a true freshman to a solid all-around back on the league’s best team as a sophomore. 

It’s unlikely Alabama will make use of any two-back sets except perhaps as part of some kind of decoy look, but provided Alabama keeps the tempo part of its game intact, there should be enough carries for a true three-back rotation in 2017.

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