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Alabama football: One of two freshmen running backs will play versus FSU

Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama fans probably won’t see sophomore running back Josh Jacobs take Mercedes-Benz Stadium next week versus Florida State, but his hamstring injury does open the door for two talented rushers.

Both Najee Harris (five-star) and Brian Robinson (four-star) participated in the Crimson Tide’s spring game back in April, and have progressed well throughout the summer.  

Upon the conclusion of practice on Thursday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban did not clearly state between Harris and Robinson on which one would play against the Seminoles. Despite preparing both guys for the matchup, he said at least one will see action in the season opener. 

“We have two guys that have a lot of experience and we have two freshmen that have a lot of ability,” Saban said. “So, it’s how we choose to use those guys will certainly be determined by how they progress, how they develop confidence, are they going to have the focus and discipline to do their job, pay attention to details, not make mental errors and be able to execute for their benefit as well as the team’s benefit.” 

While Harris and Robinson have the capability of doing what Saban wants, next Monday will kick off the process of which player moves ahead in the quest for field time. Before coming to Alabama, Harris was the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect according to numerous recruiting sites. 

Robinson, a Tuscaloosa native, carried Hillcrest High School to a pair of 6A semifinal playoff appearance during his junior and senior seasons. Tide fans, what say you?  

Which one would you like to see suit up first against Florida State?

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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