Alabama Football: Crimson Tide Post-Spring Depth Chart

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Alabama Football Offense


Bryce Young is the starter and will be the entire season, barring injury. At this point, the biggest issue with a QB2, is not so much whether it will be Paul Tyson or Jalen Milroe. The big question is how much of the Crimson Tide offense can the backups execute. Tyson made some good plays in the A-Day game but too few. The defense had much to do with Tyson’s lack of productivity. Jalen Milroe, coming from a run-oriented high school program, needs more time to learn the offense. Based on Slade Bolden’s one pass in the A-Day game, he is not much of an emergency option.

Two big questions will worry Alabama football fans from now until the season’s end. Can Paul Tyson get the ball out of his hands quick enough? Can Jalen Milroe learn enough of the offense to run it without hesitation?

Running Back

Behind starter, Brian Robinson Jr. the Alabama Crimson Tide is loaded at running back. Flip a coin on whether Jase McClellan or Roydell Williams is RB2. Or it could be Keilan Robinson, who has been so explosive this spring, he may play some slot receiver in the fall. Trey Sanders will get fully healthy and will be in the RB2 competition. Summer arriving Camar Wheaton has potential but the position group appears too deep for Wheaton to fight through this season.

Tight End

This position is important in Bill O’Brien’s schemes. Jahlel Billingsley and Cameron Latu will thrive in those schemes. Major Tennison is a solid member of the unit. Robbie Ouzts and Kendall Randolph can be counted on as power set blockers.

Wide Receiver

This is the Alabama Football position group with the second-most questions. Replacing DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle is a major challenge. John Metchie can be counted on to be one starter. Slade Bolden in the slot is pretty much a given, likely rotating with K-Rob. At the other wideout, the projection is Agiye Hall. His impressive A-Day showing is one reason. Another reason is his size. His catch-range will challenge opposing cornerbacks. If not, Hall, then Traeshon Holden appears to have the next best chance to start. Xavier Williams is in the mix, along with Javon Baker, Jacorey Brooks and Christian Leary. The summer arriving JoJo Earle might the guy with the best chance to break through this fall. Wide receiver can become an Alabama Football position of strength but it is not there yet.

Offensive Line

Questions abound on who the best five will be. Evan Neal at LT and Emil Ekiyor at LG are givens. Almost equally so is Chris Owens at Center. At least seven other guys will battle for the two other starting spots. The group includes Tommy Brown, Kendall Randolph, Javion Cohen, Pierce Quick, Tommy Brockermeyer, Damieon George Jr. and J.C. Latham. Particularly in the case of Brockermeyer and Latham, not earning a starting role for the opener against Miami does not mean either will not start later. Both are slotted at tackle and neither will beat out Neal, but one of them could win the right tackle job later in the season. Ten guys fighting for five positions is a good problem for Alabama Football.

dark. Next. Predicting SEC Power Shifts

For Alabama Football fans who missed the news, apparently, the Georgia Bulldogs won the SEC with their spring game on Saturday. That is based on Bulldogs message boards and some college football pundits. We’ll see.