Alabama Football: Predicting team captains for Crimson Tide

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Alabama football has plenty of team captain candidates.

Alabama football’s season begins in less than three weeks. Now is the perfect time to predict every facet of the 2020 Crimson Tide season, and that includes team captains.

Alabama selects four captains every year to represent the team. They become leaders both on and off the field. It’s more than shaking hands and calling the coin toss. Every Alabama football team captain gets their name and handprint cemented by Denny Chimes on the Quad.

Team captains are usually seniors, but juniors have been selected in the past. There are plenty of candidates for the 2020 team. It’s more than picking your most talented athletes. It takes tremendous maturity and leadership. When things get tough, the team will turn towards the captains. While plenty of players are capable, I think the choice is clear for the 2020 Crimson Tide.

DeVonta Smith, WR

Smitty has all of the necessities to be a team captain. He’s a cemented starter, a senior, a leader, and an incredibly talented player. He has contributed since his freshman season, including two game-winning touchdowns back in 2017.

If Smith had declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, he likely would have gone in the first round. However, he chose to come back for his senior season. That alone can give a player captain status. Without Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, Smith will receive even more targets in 2020. He will be Mac Jones’s best friend as he gets used to being a full-season starter.

Key players are great candidates to be team captains, and you can’t find an offensive player more important than DeVonta Smith.