Alabama Football: After K-Rob exit, latest scholarship counts

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Alabama Football is losing running back Keilan Robinson to the Transfer Portal. Unlike many players who choose an exit via the portal, K-Rob will have no problem finding a new team. He has significant upside and could become the lead back for his next team.

Crimson Tide fans don’t like losing a player of Robinson’s caliber, but the Tide’s running back competition is fierce. Nick Saban does not overuse his running backs, but there was never going to be enough carries and catches for seven running backs.

Robinson has not played for the Crimson Tide since the 2019 season. As a freshman, he played in eight games, getting 39 carries and producing 254 yards. He chose the option of sitting out the 2020 season, without losing a year of eligibility. He was ranked the No. 15 running back in the 2019 class, coming out of Washington, D.C.

The Alabama Football running back roster goes forward with great depth and talent. The Crimson Tide is fortunate that losing a potential future star in K-Rob, does little to weaken the position group.

As is the case every season, the Crimson Tide needs roster space. After adding transfer Henry To’o To’o, and the exit of Robinson, the Crimson Tide roster count is 90 scholarship players. With the allowed extra year for seniors, Brian Robinson Jr. and Chris Owens can push the standard limit to 87 players for the 2021 season. Nick Saban is three over currently and a late addition of J.T. Tuimoloau (a July decision is expected) would make the over count, four scholarships.

The numbers will work out. They always do and Nick Saban and his staff do a great job helping players find other teams.

Alabama Football Scholarship Roster Counts (by position group)

Defensive Backs (16)

  1. Josh Jobe
  2. Jordan Battle
  3. Jalyn Armour-Davis
  4. Malachi Moore
  5. Brian Branch
  6. Daniel Wright
  7. DeMarcco Hellams
  8. Marcus Banks
  9. Kristian Story
  10. Jahquez Robinson
  11. Khyree Jackson
  12. Ga’Quincy McKinstry
  13. Terrion Arnold
  14. Kaine Williams
  15. Kadarius Calloway
  16. Devonta Smith

Inside Linebackers (9)

  1. Christian Harris
  2. Jaylen Moody
  3. Shane Lee
  4. Henry To’o To’o
  5. Demouy Kennedy
  6. Jackson Bratton
  7. Deontae Lawson
  8. Kendrick Blackshire
  9. Ian Jackson

Outside Linebackers (8)

  1. Will Anderson Jr.
  2. Chris Allen
  3. King Mwikuta
  4. Drew Sanders
  5. Quandarrius Robinson
  6. Chris Braswell
  7. Dallas Turner
  8. Keanu Koht

Defensive Line (14)

  1. LaBryan Ray
  2. D. J. Dale
  3. Phidarian Mathis
  4. Byron Young
  5. Tim Smith
  6. Stephon Wynn
  7. Justin Eboigbe
  8. Braylen Ingraham
  9. Jah-Marien Latham
  10. Jamil Burroughs
  11. Damon Payne
  12. Monkell Goodwine
  13. Tim Keenan
  14. Anquin Barnes

Offensive Line (17)

  1. Chris Owens
  2. Evan Neal
  3. Emil Ekiyor Jr.
  4. Kendall Randolph
  5. Pierce Quick
  6. Tommy Brown
  7. Darrian Dalcourt
  8. Amari Kight
  9. Tanner Bowles
  10. Seth McLaughlin
  11. Damieon George Jr.
  12. Javion Cohen
  13. Tommy Brockermeyer
  14. J.C. Latham
  15. Terrence Ferguson
  16. James Brockermeyer
  17. Jaedon Roberts

Tight Ends (5)

  1. Jahleel Billingsley
  2. Major Tennison
  3. Cameron Latu
  4. Caden Clark
  5. Robbie Ouzts

Wide Receivers (11)

  1. John Metchie III
  2. Slade Bolden
  3. Xavier Williams
  4. Jameson Williams
  5. Agiye Hall
  6. Javon Baker
  7. Traeshon Holden
  8. Thaiu Jones-Bell
  9. Jacorey Brooks
  10. JoJo Earle
  11. Christian Leary

Running Backs (6)

  1. Brian Robinson Jr.
  2. Trey Sanders
  3. Jase McClellan
  4. Roydell Williams
  5. Kyle Edwards
  6. Camar Wheaton

Quarterbacks (3)

  1. Bryce Young
  2. Paul Tyson
  3. Jalen Milroe

Special Teams (1)

  1. Will Reichard

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The tight numbers may expand and contract for another several weeks. Alabama Football will be where it needs to be before fall camp – with another loaded roster.