Alabama football’s tight end just keeps getting better.
When you look at the best tight ends of the Nick Saban era, two players jump off of the page. Alabama football thrived with OJ Howard and Irv Smith Jr. They were catalysts for the offense over the years. While Miller Forristall has not reached their level of production, he continues to improve.
Forristall is Alabama’s pass-catching tight end for the 2020 season. They use plenty of other guys to block, but Forristall is their primary option when they want to send a big guy to run routes. As this season progresses, he will get better and better.
Let’s look at what Forristall has done in the past as a tight end for Alabama football. In his first three seasons, Forristall only had six catches and less than 100 receiving yards. Last year, he had four receiving touchdowns on 15 receptions. He only has 10 catches so far in 2020, but he still has plenty of games to surpass 15. He also is averaging 14.1 yards per reception, which is 3 yards per catch more than last season.
The touchdown numbers will likely remain low this season. With Najee Harris dominating in the red zone and the wide receivers getting the deep targets, there are only a few opportunities for Forristall to score. However, he can still thrive.
With Jaylen Waddle potentially out for the rest of the year, all other pass-catchers will need to improve. That includes Miller Forristall. He is a great leader and veteran for Alabama football, but his role has continued to grow on the field. With Alabama absent from games these past two weeks, he will hopefully be fully healthy once again. He has fought through nagging injuries all year, so it will be interesting to see what he does with a clean bill of health.
This football season is all about adapting. Miller Forristall has been one of the best adapters, and he will only get better as the Crimson Tide approaches the postseason.