With the 2020 football season beginning soon, there are a few key freshmen to watch on the Alabama Football team.
Football is back, and so far, so good. The ACC and a few other conferences have kicked off, and the situation has remained positive. Players have masks on the sidelines, and the stands are virtually empty. It is far different, but we should all be thankful for the small piece of normal. Alabama Football kicks off its season next week, and there will be new names to watch.
For the upcoming season, there are a few freshmen that have already made an impact in preseason practice. It will quite the luxury to be able to play freshman out of recognition for their talent instead of out of necessity.
Will Anderson- Linebacker
Anderson has been heavily touted in recent weeks for his pass-rushing ability. Anderson was a five-star recruit out of Georgia and looks to make an immediate impact on the defense. He has already generated a lot of buzz recently with his performances in the scrimmages. Some reports mentioned Anderson having 10+ sacks through the first two scrimmages. Kirby Smart will regret missing out on Anderson when he makes the Georgia offense pay later in the season.
Malachi Moore- Defensive Back
Moore was the top-rated safety in the 2020 recruiting class out of Trussville, Alabama, and according to Matt Zenitz’ report, may get a starting position on the Alabama Football defense this season. Former defensive back, Trevon Diggs, now in the NFL, left a spot to fill in the secondary, and Moore will be one of the guys in the rotation. He was a recruit that came in with a lot of hype and has maintained the hype through preseason camp.
Javon Baker- Wide Receiver
Another recruit out of Georgia, Javon Baker joined the Alabama Football team as a former four-star recruit and one of the top-ranked receivers in the recruiting class. While the first two starting receiver positions are locked down with future first-round draft picks, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, Javon Baker looks to sneak into the rotation to become the next freshman phenom.
Baker has generated a lot of hype over the last few months as well, so it will be interesting to see when he gets the chance to showcase his talent. Even with Smith and Waddle leading the receiving core, Baker should get his fair share of game time experience.
Bryce Young- Quarterback
No one generated quite the recruiting hype that Bryce Young did with his commitment to the Alabama Football team. The top-ranked dual-threat quarterback out of California is sure to be a household name in due time. However, despite the talent and high expectations, the starting quarterback job with the Tide is Mac Jones’ to lose. Jones has the support of the offense, and Young must wait his turn.
However, no one doubt Saban’s willingness to give the true freshman a shot if Mac Jones were to fall apart. Saban is loyal, but the risk paid off the last time he famously put in a true freshman in the second half of a game.
It’s been quite a while since freshmen have generated as much as hype as the ones have this season. These were just a few of the big names being talked about heavily in the last few weeks. Kristian Story, Drew Sanders, and Brian Branch are other freshman names you will hear throughout the season.
Getting these freshmen game-time experience to go along with the talent they bring in will be critical to future success of the Tide. Saban has never been afraid to play true freshman, so look ahead to this season to see these guys make a name for themselves.