Alabama Football: The Transfer Portal claims another victim

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Alabama football lost another player to the Transfer Portal

Everyone knew that the Transfer Portal was going to impact Alabama football, and it has mostly been a positive experience. Just this summer, Alabama added a starting-caliber receiver and one of the best linebackers in college football.

However, it also means that Alabama will lose players from time to time. The latest victim is Keilan Robinson, a speedy running back with four years of eligibility.

Robinson entered the Transfer Portal and has likely played his last down of Alabama football. After opting out in 2020, his Tide career ends with one season and two touchdowns after averaging 6.5 yards per carry his freshman year.

Robinson has the talent to contribute for Alabama, but he is part of a loaded backfield. Brian Robinson will be the veteran, but underclassmen like Roydell Williams and Jase McClellan will compete for touches. If Trey Sanders can get healthy, he will be in the mix as well. This doesn’t include Camar Wheaton, a member of Alabama’s stacked 2021 recruiting class.

Robinson’s speed set him apart. He looked to be a Kenyan Drake type of player for Alabama football in 2021. In fact, some believed he would add reps as a slot receiver behind Slade Bolden. Instead, he will find a new home where he can be the top target in the backfield.

Robinson is good enough to start for almost any team in the country. While fans will have to wait and see where he goes, don’t be surprised if he signs with a title contender. Now that players can transfer without sitting out, every team without a star running back should be calling him. He won’t have to settle for a junior college or a team outside of the Power 5.

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While Alabama football still has plenty of star players at this position, it hurts to see Robinson fail to make it as a member of the Crimson Tide. He was a victim of circumstance, and there is no doubt that he will be a quality player for a strong offense this season.