The Alabama Crimson Tide’s embarrassment of riches got even more embarrassing last week, when the Tide reeled in the best class in the history of Rivals.com rankings. When the 2013 season rolls around, this may be the best collection of offensive talent in the school’s illustrious history.
Running back T.J. Yeldon, wide receiver Amari Cooper and quarterback AJ McCarron are all among the best players in the country at their respective positions. With apologies to Johnny Football, who is not the pocket passer McCarron is, all three might be the best.
Throw in the most dominant left tackle in the country – Cyrus Kouandjio – along with five-star freshmen Robert Foster (wide receiver), Derrick Henry (running back) and Aaron Hernandez-clone O.J. Howard (tight end), and this one’s a no-brainer. The 2013 Tide offense will be the deepest, most talented skill position group to ever storm out of the Bryant-Denny stadium tunnel.
Just how good can this offense be? One could make a viable SEC offense with Alabama players who I’ve yet to mention. DeAndrew White, Chris Black, Jalston Fowler, Kenyan Drake, Kevin Norwood, Christion Jones, Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny would be an offensive coordinator’s dream. Even an Auburn quarterback could have success with that group.
The only downside to this juggernaut is that the offensive line needs three new starters, and that’s ultimately where games are won and lost. Inexperience could slow down the Crimson Train early in the season.
But if history is any indication, a good line is about the worst an Alabama opponent can hope for. And once the unit gels, the only people getting embarrassed will be opposing defenses.