Alabama Football: Predicting breakout performances vs. Ole Miss

Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports /

These Alabama football players will have monster performances against Ole Miss.

After two weeks of SEC football, multiple players have already had breakout performances. Mac Jones has thrived as Alabama football’s starting quarterback, Kyle Pitts has lived up to the hype at Florida, and John Metchie has been the Tide’s third star at wide receiver. These players are already household names, you should but expect more breakout performances this Saturday vs. Ole Miss.

Alabama is heavily favored, but the Rebels are far from an easy victory. Lane Kiffin will try to thrive in a chaotic game, and Nick Saban’s staff will need to be prepared for anything.

With that in mind, here are some names that could have breakout performances for the Crimson Tide.

Brian Robinson Jr., RB

Many expected Trey Sanders to win the second-string running back job, but Saban and the offensive coaching staff have put their faith in Brian Robinson. In a sloppy game in Oxford, expect the run game to get plenty of reps. To keep Najee Harris fresh, Robinson will sub in and carry the torch for multiple drives.

He had some success last week with an average of 6 yards per carry, but he has yet to meet the bar. In a game where Alabama football will be counting on him, I expect Brian Robinson to deliver.

Christian Barmore, IDL

Christian Barmore did not start at the beginning of the season, but he has always been expected to be a key rotation piece on Alabama’s defensive line. With him slowly recovering from a preseason injury, he will get more reps every game. Assuming he has proven to be healthy and productive in practice, this could be the game where he finally bursts onto the scene as one of the best defensive linemen in college football.

Malachi Moore, DB

Malachi Moore is just a freshman, but he has already had a positive impact with Alabama football. As the team’s STAR corner, he has locked down slot receivers and already has an interception on the year. This could easily be the game where Moore proves that last week’s performance is the norm. In the sloppy game that is expected, he could easily force another turnover. If not, he will at least limit what Ole Miss can do on offense.

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No matter what Malachi does as a true freshman, expect more. The sky is the limit for this young man. He has the potential to be the next Minkah Fitzpatrick for the Alabama secondary, and this game will help prove that he has what it takes to be a star.