Balance will be Alabama’s aim in football to start spring practice.
After the fireworks Tua Tagovailoa provided as a first-year starter got the Crimson Tide to the College Football Playoff title game, Nick Saban will look for a blend of explosive and soul-crushing drives from his offense. Unlike its defense, the Tide returns most of its headline names – including Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle at wide receiver.
It must replace Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher and Lester Cotton on the offensive line, but the returns of Chris Owens, Matt Womack, Deonte Brown, Alex Leatherwood and Jedrick Wills should solve that issue. Also, Alabama signed a slew of talented big man in the 2019 class.
At running back, the Tide welcomes Najee Harris and Brian Robinson Jr., back for their junior seasons while it signed a five-star in Trey Sanders.
Despite moving Joe Pannunzio to an off-field role, hiring Charles Huff from Mississippi State was an upgrade.
Before coaching the Bulldogs in 2018, he produced a superstar in Saquon Barkley at Penn State from 2015-17.
With the top five list of marquee defensive players already out, Stephen Smith of Touchdown Alabama Magazine returns with his five most important offensive studs for the Tide.
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