Alabama Football: Replacing Starters with ready to play Talent.
While Nick Saban and the Alabama Football program haven’t brought in hordes of players like programs across the country have, they’ve replaced key starters with ready to play top tier talent and have found success doing so. After losing Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith the 2021 team added Jameson Williams who blossomed in the role. They lost Brian Robinson Jr. the following year and were able to replace him with Jahmyr Gibbs who went on to finish second-team All-SEC.
While there isn’t the top tier talent we’ve seen in past years with Jameson Williams, Jahmyr Gibbs, Eli Ricks, Jermaine Burton, and Henry To’oTo’o the entire group has played pretty key roles. The additions of Marshall and Amos have been significant, especially with the injuries to Malachi Moore and Deontae Lawson. CJ Dippre and Jaylen Key have played underrated roles on their respective sides of the ball while showing growth in their own game as well. Tyler Buchner hasn’t delivered the on-field results that he or the staff hoped for but, adding a quarterback to the QB room who had familiarity with Tommy Rees system was likely vital in the development of Ty Simpson and Jalen Milroe.