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Trey Sanders eyes a bounce back season at Alabama in his third year

Trey Sanders lowers his shoulder against Mississippi State defender
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics/SEC Media Portal

He arrived at the University of Alabama with one goal: win the Heisman Trophy.

Whether it was his five-star rating or overall talent, fans of the Crimson Tide were excited when Trey Sanders came into the 2019 recruiting class. A native of Port Saint Joe, Fla., Sanders participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals and U.S. Army All-American Bowl before coming to the Tide. He was a superstar running back at IMG Academy and had offers from nearly every major collegiate program, but he chose Alabama.

The 6-foot, 214-pounder has encountered a couple of setbacks in his career.

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A foot injury kept him from playing as a freshman. Last year, a hip injury forced him to miss the rest of the 2020 campaign after playing in four games. He was involved in a car accident on Nov. 6 of last year and it left him with a few serious injuries.

Before the mishap, Sanders was starting to emerge as a runner. He got an opportunity to see action versus Mississippi State at Bryant-Denny Stadium and totaled 80 yards rushing on 12 carries. A few of his runs went for 20 or more yards, including a long run of 25 yards. Sanders assisted the Tide to a 41-0 victory and people thought his performance would launch into becoming an impact player. Since his surgery, he has cheered his teammates to an SEC Championship and a College Football Playoff National Championship. With the departure of Najee Harris to the NFL Draft, Sanders knows how important next season is for him.

According to Dr. Matt Rhea, Alabama’s Director of Performance Science, the former five-star has taken his rehab to the indoor practice facility and is working on playing in the fall.

Coach Jeremy Gsell, Alabama’s Director of Football Rehabilitation, had Sanders performed resisted marching drills last week. The purpose of the workout is to get his legs, hips, and core in line.

If he can produce great numbers, there is a chance Sanders can pursue the 2022 NFL Draft.

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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 @CoachingMSmith

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