Alabama Football: It is finally Trey Sanders time to shine

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

After facing adversity in his first two years with the Alabama Football team, the 2021 season will be Trey Sanders time to shine.

Trey Sanders was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school. He famously announced to the world that he would win the Heisman during his freshman season with the Tide. Injuries, however, had other plans for the running back. In his third year with the Alabama Football team, hopefully, the star will finally have his breakout season.

The five-star running back out of IMG Academy in Florida was the number one running back in his class and the number six recruit in the country. In high school, he racked up 1587 rushing yards averaging 8.5 yards per carry. He also accounted for 25 total touchdowns both rushing and as a receiver.

Sanders was the second-highest rated signee in the 2019 Alabama Football class

All the hype surrounded Trey Sanders as he committed to and arrived on campus as a new Alabama Football player in 2019.

It quickly faded though when he suffered a season-ending foot injury during the first week of preseason camp. The injury required surgery, and the freshman was out indefinitely. He received a medical redshirt to recover this year of eligibility.

After finally recovering, Sanders looked forward to putting that behind him for an explosive second year. In the 2020 season, Sanders carried the ball 30 times for 134 yards, showing glimpses of what makes him special.

However, Sanders was plagued with injury again, this time during a car wreck during the bye-week in Florida. It was a serious accident that hospitalized Sanders with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The running back was confined to a wheelchair for several weeks while he recovered and, again, was out for the rest of the 2020 season.

When fully recovered from this injury, Sanders looks to make a substantial impact for the 2021 Alabama Football offense. The redshirt sophomore will likely be the second-string running back behind senior Brian Robinson Jr. Sanders will add explosiveness and needed relief for a new starting quarterback in Bryce Young.

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Hopefully, this star can stay healthy. If he does, Crimson Tide fans can finally celebrate his talent. Trey could and should have the breakout season he has been waiting for.