We aren’t almost executed celebrating the 2020 group that simply put up the very best season in faculty soccer historical past, but it surely’s by no means too early to look forward to subsequent season. On the offensive facet of the ball, Nick Saban is an overhaul after dropping all the key playmakers together with three beginning offensive linemen and three coaches. He has introduced in Invoice O’Brien to run issues, and there are choices to be made.
Spring apply will inform us extra, and we are going to nonetheless be doing place group previews as normal, however that is my first stab at subsequent 12 months’s depth chart. Let’s open with the QBs, lets?
#9 Bryce Younger – Fr.
#15 Paul Tyson – RS Fr.
Jalen Milroe – incoming Fr.
I put Bryce on the prime right here as all of us count on the #1 QB prospect from the 2020 class to point out out, however this can be extra of a contest than some consider. Tyson has reportedly appeared good in apply and is a 12 months forward of Younger in this system, having first practiced with the group throughout bowl prep on the finish of the 2018 season earlier than getting in a complete spring and fall camp. After all, it was Younger who obtained all the backup snaps final season regardless of the distinction in expertise. This will probably be a battle of kinds, Paul the traditional pocket passer and Bryce the scrambling playmaker. Milroe is enrolled and will probably be within the combine, however discovering enjoying time this 12 months will probably be troublesome.
#four Brian Robinson, Jr. – Sr.
#21 Jase McClellan – Fr.
#2 Keilan Robinson – So.
#23 Roydell Williams – Fr.
#24 Trey Sanders – RS Fr. (injured hip)
Camar Wheaton – incoming Fr.
Assuming he is ready to get wholesome, Sanders will shoot up this chart. The elder Robinson will present the management right here, however the gamebreaking capability of the opposite guys will make for a committee method. McClellan specifically flashed when given the chance in 2020. Keilan Robinson took the COVID 12 months off and hit the weights laborious. Significantly, have you ever seen this dude recently?
Sadly there is just one ball to go round, however as normal the Tide can have an ample secure of excellent runners to plug and play for brand new coach Robert Gillespie.
LT #73 Evan Neal – So.
LG #72 Pierce Fast – RS Fr.
OC #79 Chris Owens – Sr.
RG #55 Emil Ekiyor – RS So.
RT JC Latham – incoming Fr.
LT Tommy Brockermeyer – incoming Fr.
LG #71 Darrian Dalcourt – So.
OC James Brockermeyer – Incoming Fr.
RG #51 Tanner Bowles – RS Fr.
RT #75 Tommy Brown -RS So,/ #78 Amari Kight – RS Fr.
New OL coach Doug Marrone has some choices to make right here, however what a gifted group to select from. I did my greatest to challenge a two deep, however there are various extra names, corresponding to Javion Cohen, Kendall Randolph, Seth McLaughlin, Dameion George, Terrence Ferguson and Jaeden Roberts. There’ll nearly assuredly be some wanted attrition from this group after spring camp.
Neal flipping to the left facet for his NFL audition is a no brainer, however the battle for 3 vacated beginning spots goes to be fierce. Owens began at middle within the playoff, however can he maintain off younger studs in Dalcourt and James Brockermeyer? I’ve Pierce Fast penciled in at LG, however any of the above might wind up there. The expertise at sort out is absurd. It received’t be stunning if a type of guys strikes inside for a season as Alex Leatherwood did, and Tommy Brown practiced at left guard final season. I’ve Latham penciled in at RT on sheer expertise. The #2 general prospect within the 2021 class is bodily prepared and technically sound. Get pleasure from some street grading.
Regardless of how this group shakes out, it’s laborious to consider that they received’t be dominant.
#eight John Metchie – So.
#5 Javon Baker – Fr./JaCorey Brooks – incoming Fr.
Christian Leary – incoming Fr.
#three Xavier Williams, RS So.
#11 Traeshon Holden – Fr./#13 Thaiu Jones-Bell – Fr./Agiye Corridor – incoming Fr.
#18 Slade Bolden – RS So./JoJo Earle – incoming Fr.
WR coach Holmon Wiggins doesn’t have a lot returning expertise, however this freshman class reminds of The Rydeouts. Brooks is a consensus five-star who will probably be robust to maintain off the sector, and Bolden simply can’t match the pure velocity of Leary and Earle within the slot. I gave Leary the sting there as an early enrollee. Earle was a late flip and thus obtained all of the current consideration, however let’s not neglect what Mr. Leary brings to the desk.
#19 Jahleel Billingsley – So.
#88 Main Tennison – RS Jr.
#81 Cameron Latu – RS So.
Robbie Ouzts – incoming freshman
Billingsley was a breakout star right here and Tennison will seemingly begin because the blocking tight finish. Latu has some sport expertise however not intensive, and Ouzts is a redshirt candidate. This can be a place the place Saban accepts a switch to repair the numbers a bit.
There’s nonetheless an extended strategy to go, however that’s how I see it at this juncture. Inform me the place I’m flawed and/or downright silly within the feedback.