Alabama Football: Seniors and sophomores will lead Tide offense

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Alabama football’s offense will be dominated by seniors and sophomores.

Last season, the Alabama football team was dominated by juniors across the field. Najee Harris received handoffs from Tua. They were protected by Jedrick Wills and Alex Leatherwood at tackle. The top three receivers were also all juniors. With all of this talent in a junior class, many were concerned about the future of the Crimson Tide.

Thankfully for Alabama, multiple offensive weapons decided to return for 2020. This is setting up to be one of the best senior classes in Alabama football history, and many of the key pieces are on the offensive side of the ball.

When you look at the offensive depth chart predictions, seniors are in every position group. Although Mac Jones is technically a redshirt junior, he is starting his fourth year with the team at quarterback. At running back, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson Jr. are looking to be the top two on the depth chart. Alabama football’s top receiver will be senior DeVonta Smith, and the tight end room will be filled upperclassmen.

The offensive line will be led by senior Alex Leatherwood, but other seniors will start. Look for Deonte Brown and Landon Dickerson at the interior to be key studs for the O-line.

Where seniors aren’t starting, look for sophomores to take over. While there will be a handful of freshmen and juniors on the roster, almost every key player on the Tide offense will be either a senior or a sophomore.

Trey Sanders is technically a redshirt freshman due to his injury last year, but he will be hoping to make a name for himself in his second season on campus. We have compared him to Josh Jacobs and believe he has what it takes to live up to the hype.

At the receiver position, John Metchie is looking to start in his second season. His targets will be diminished by Jaylen Waddle and Smitty, but he still has a great chance to thrive in 2020.

Sophomore Evan Neal started at guard in his freshman year, but he will be a key player as he swings to right tackle in 2020. That position was filled by Jedrick Wills for three years, so he certainly has big shoes to fill.

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This Alabama football offense is set to be something special. Watch out for the seniors to lead the way with some key sophomores to plug in the extra holes.