Alabama Football: Two more top Breakout Candidates for 2019

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Alabama football develops talent better than any college football program in the nation. There are literally, five stars on top of five stars in Tuscaloosa. Listed below are two potential breakout stars for 2019.

Expected starting inside linebacker Joshua McMillon, suffered a significant knee injury at the start of Alabama football fall practice. The redshirt senior bided his time as a special teams contributor, and when his opportunity came to seize the moment, McMillon was hurt. Redshirt sophomore Markail Benton immediately filled the position after McMillon went down. Unfortunately, Benton could not stave off another hot runner.

Impactful true freshman linebackers are a staple of Alabama football

True freshman Christian Harris lined up next to Dylan Moses at the Will linebacker position during the second scrimmage. Afterward, Nick Saban garnered high praise to the linebacker comparing him to Alabama greats Rolando McClain, Donta Hightower, and C.J. Mosley.

At the post scrimmage press conference, Saban spoke about Harris,

"“He did a good job. I’d like to watch the film. He’s a football player. It’s important to him. He runs and hits people. Is he where he needs to be in terms of what to do, how to do it, why it’s important to do it that way?”"

The vast potential for such a raw talent who played wide receiver, defensive backs and kick returner in high school is sky-high. Leaning on Moses, another Baton Rouge native, and defensive coordinator/inside linebacker coach Pete Golding has eased the jack of all trades’ transition and fast-tracked him to the starting inside linebacker position.

Harris came to campus as the number four inside linebacker prospect and number 71 recruit overall according to 247 Sports.

Hopefully, Harris can stay healthy and give the Crimson Tide a fast, hard-hitting linebacking duo. Once Harris truly understands the position, watch out.

Massive Addition to the Offensive Line

Former Florida State offensive lineman Landon Dickerson has made quite the impression at fall camp. Standing at six-foot-six, Dickerson is a behemoth lineman. The redshirt junior is battling with Chris Owens for the starting center position.

A five-star recruit out of North Carolina, injuries prevented Landon from becoming a household name while at Florida State. When healthy, Dickerson was the Seminoles best lineman. He finished as an honorable mention All-American his freshman season.

Versatility is a strength for Dickerson. Adding his experience, skill, and talent to the offensive line could vault this unit from extremely good to historically great. The line is made up of massive space eaters with Dickerson leading the charge, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson will eat well during the season.

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Expect Christian Harris and Landon Dickerson to see extended playing time in the season opener against Duke on August 31.