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“Like father, like son” is a commonly used phrase, and for Alabama football, it will take on a different meaning this season. Former Alabama standout Bobby Humphrey was a dynamic running back for the Crimson Tide from 1985-88. He finished 10th in the Heisman voting in 1987, and logged 3,420 career rushing yards, 523 receiving yards and 40 total touchdowns.

Marlon Humphrey, Bobby’s son, will be a redshirt freshman this fall.

He enrolled at Alabama in 2014, as a five-star prospect from Hoover (Ala.) High School. Humphrey was a stellar athlete, juggling both football and track. He displayed solid coverage skills, accounting for 77 tackles, 31 pass breakups and 13 interceptions. Humphrey recorded six interceptions as a junior in 2011, three of which were returned for touchdowns.

Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban said Humphrey and fellow five-star corner Tony Brown are better prepared and more equipped for this season.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Humphrey had a productive outing in Alabama’s spring game. He tallied eight tackles, one tackle for loss, a pass breakup and an interception. Humphrey’s speed in the open field may be used in a variety of ways.

Don’t be surprised if Saban experiments with him as a return man, along with being a corner.

Humphrey was the Birmingham News Metro Boys Track Athlete of the Year in 2013, after posting a top time of 6.89 seconds in the indoor 60-meter dash. He’s become a standout on Alabama’s track and field team, but Humphrey is ready for football. August starts fall camp.


Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine, Pick Six Previews and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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