Alabama Football: Looking back at our 2020 predictions

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Looking back at our Alabama football predictions

3 bold predictions for the Tide offense

These predictions included a mixed bag. One will likely happen, one should have happened and one will likely fail to happen. Let’s start with the one prediction that we can still expect to see.

The offensive line will win the Joe Moore Award

Alabama is a finalist for this award, and they should easily win it. The Tide’s line has improved each week, and they have talent at every position. We knew that Alex Leatherwood would be a star, but every player has stepped up. Landon Dickerson is the best center in college football. Deonte Brown has been unstoppable in the run game. Evan Neal has stepped up to replace Jedrick Wills at right tackle. This whole group is solid, and they should win this award.

Both Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith will have over 1000 receiving yards

This should have happened. If it weren’t for an unlucky injury by Jaylen Waddle, he would have easily eclipsed 1000 yards. He was one of Alabama’s most electric players, but his junior season was unfortunately cut short. DeVonta Smith has been a stud with Waddle out, but both would have achieved this milestone if they were both healthy.

Slade Bolden will have another passing touchdown

I expected to see more of Slade Bolden as a gadget guy in this offense, but he hasn’t needed to do that. The offense has been dominant with Mac Jones under center and Najee Harris in the backfield. Bolden has fumbled the ball a few times, and it hasn’t been worth the risk.

However, this one could still technically happen. Steve Sarkisian still has some tricks up his sleeve. We might see another trick play with Slade Bolden taking the snap.