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Alabama Football 2021 Spring Preview: RB Roydell Williams

Roydell Williams running through a Kentucky defender
Mandatory Credit: Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports

Last week, spring football returned to the University of Alabama.

Fans of the Crimson Tide are excited for this edition of athletes taking the field, as Nick Saban and the program look to repeat as national champions. With 15 practice sessions – including the A-Day Game – the staff writers for Touchdown Alabama Magazine will provide in-depth previews on marquee players. 

We are on our fifth running back profile, and this one is on Roydell Williams.

Roydell Williams

-Classification: Sophomore

Position: Running Back

-Hometown: Hueytown, Ala.

-Height: 5-10

-Weight: 210 pounds

-Strengths: Power, cutback ability, vision, speed, athleticism

-Weaknesses: Lack of game reps

Summary: Alabama has a crowded running back room, but Roydell Williams is really talented.

He benefitted from an injury to Trey Sanders in 2020 and showed fans his power, cutback abilities, and shiftiness. Williams was primarily used on special teams, but he totaled 19 carries for 71 yards with one touchdown in eight games.

He matched Jase McClellan’s first career touchdown versus Kentucky with one of his own.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder was a superstar at Hueytown (Ala.) High School. He was one of the best running backs in the nation and one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama. Williams totaled 1,000+ yards rushing in three seasons and finished his career with 5,929 rushing yards and 92 total scores. He arrived as a four-star in the Crimson Tide’s 2020 class and boldly declared the 2019 season would be the last time Alabama would miss the College Football Playoff.

Williams made well on the promise, as he helped the Tide win a national championship last season.

Regardless of his abilities, he needs more opportunities to get better in Alabama’s offense.

As Sanders is performing individual work in spring practice, Williams has a chance to emerge more and record an A-Day Game performance that could turn heads. Nick Saban raved about his hard work and potential as a freshman. The coaching staff knows Williams is capable of being a marquee player. He has to continue making the most of his reps and pushing others on the roster.

Currently, he is battling Keilan Robinson, Jase McClellan, Sanders for carries behind Brian Robinson.

Related Alabama football spring profiles

QB: Bryce Young

QB: Paul Tyson

QB: Jalen Milroe

RB: Brian Robinson Jr.

RB: Keilan Robinson

RB: Jase McClellan

RB: Trey Sanders

WR: Christian Leary

OL: Evan Neal

OL: Emil Ekiyor Jr.

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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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