Alabama Football Position Group Countdown: Limitless Potential

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5. Running back

The running back position at Alabama has a lot of similarities to the wide receiver position; practically overflowing with talent and potential, but lacking a proven commodity who has produced in a starting capacity for the duration of a season. 

With seniors Jase McClellan (NFL Draft) and Roydell Williams (transfer to Florida State) moving on, the door is wide open for a duo that many believed should have been getting the bulk of the carries last season.

Junior Jam Miller and sophomore Justice Haynes will take the training wheels off in 2024, and could easily turn into one of the most potent backfield tandems in college football. Both are explosive ball-carriers who also possess the requisite physicality and contact balance to excel at the position. Miller and Haynes can also be utilized as pass-catching weapons. Both must show improvement in pass protection, but this pair is more than ready to tote the rock for the Crimson Tide.

Redshirt freshman Richard Young was highly recruited in the class of 2023, but the summer enrollee was used sparingly in year one. As the presumed RB3, Young should take on a bigger role in 2024.

Incoming freshmen Kevin Riley and Daniel Hill were both 4-star recruits and offer something of a thunder & lightning dynamic, with Hill weighing in at 240 pounds and Riley possessing legitimate breakaway speed. Both are actually more versatile backs than they are given credit for, and appear to be the future face of the Alabama backfield.

If Jam Miller and Justice Haynes are as good as advertised, the two true freshmen may not see the field much in 2024. Still, they will have every opportunity to impress the coaching staff.