‘Murderball’ is an exaggeration. Alabama will not completely return to its ole ‘Ground-and-Pound’ attack that led to multiple national championships. But Nick Saban intends to be a much better rushing team in 2023. We know that because he has said it repeatedly.
The Crimson Tide can have a dominant running game because it is loaded at running back. No team in college football has five running backs close to being even with the Crimson Tide.
To play more drive-producing, dominating football, Eric Wolford must deliver with the most physical offensive line Bama has had in a few seasons. Wolford is no question mark. Before Tuscaloosa, he produced at South Carolina and Kentucky. Before that, he had a two-year stint with the 49ers and five seasons as the head coach at Youngstown State. Wolford knows more football than making behemoths into bulldozers. But his Joe Moore Award-finalist, 2021 Kentucky offensive line made room for the Wildcats to average the SEC’s fourth-best rushing average.
In his second season in Tuscaloosa, Eric Wolford has considerably more talent to work with than he did at Kentucky in 2021.
All the pieces must come together. No seriously weak links allow teams to become champions. For good reason, Alabama football fans are excited about what Kevin Steele, Tommy Rees and Eric Wolford will produce.