Alabama Crimson Tide: Bo Scarbrough needs to be on an NFL roster!


Former Alabama Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough bounced between six different NFL teams over the course of just three years.

After being selected in the seventh round of the 2018 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, Scarbrough did not make the regular-season, 53-man roster. He then spent time on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks practice squads before landing with the Detroit Lions midway through the 2019 season.

There, Bo finally got his opportunity to play, albeit for a struggling team. He made 6 appearances for Detroit rushing for 377 yards and one touchdown.

After a second stint with Seattle near the end of the 2020 season, Scarbrough tore his hamstring and was relegated to the practice squad before being cut. A week-long stint with the Las Vegas Raiders at the start of 2021 left Bo again without a team.

It wasn’t until early May of this year – halfway through the 10-game USFL regular season – that the former Crimson Tide running back found a landing spot on the Birmingham Stallions.

Bo Scarbrough deserves another NFL shot

In just six regular-season games, Scarbrough totaled 352 yards on 84 attempts, topping 100 yards on the ground in two games. He had just one rushing touchdown before the postseason.

But it was the championship game where Bo rose to the occasion and gave NFL scouts more than enough tape to show he is still capable of making a difference for a team. In any capacity.

Scarbrough can be a team’s goal line, power back. Or, he could be used in rotation with a scatback, if needed.

Quite simply, Scarbrough has the intangibles any NFL team would love to have. Injuries and roster depth have hampered him early in his NFL career, but as was the hope originally, the USFL has showcased his talents for everyone to see.

It’s incredibly rare to see a player average 10 yards per carry at any level. Bo did it in the first USFL championship game.

Hamstring injury aside, Scarbrough is built to take hits and fight through the contact. He was one of the most powerful backs to play for Nick Saban and showed flashes of skill despite working in rotation with several other quality backs.

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Remember the damage Scarbrough was doing to the Clemson defense during the 2016 national title before injuring his ankle? He had 93 yards and 2 TDs despite playing just half the game.

I always thought Bo Scarbrough would have a promising career at the next level (more so than Kenyan Drake or TJ Yeldon) but it has not gone to plan for the two-time national champion.

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Thanks to the USFL and his own hard work, he is now destined to be on an NFL roster for training camp. I can almost guarantee it.