Multiple departures in Alabama’s secondary have left the door open for Earl Little Jr. to show off his skills, and his teammates have been impressed with what they have seen so far.
Little signed with Alabama a four-star recruit out of American Heritage High School in Florida as a member of the 2022 recruiting class. He battled an ankle injury during his freshman season, which kept him out the first half of the year, but he did see some playing time in the Tide’s season finale against Auburn.
Alabama’s redshirt sophomore defensive back, Terrion Arnold feels Little is working to take the next step.
“Earl, he’s one of those guys, like I said this defense is full of guys that want to be great, and he’s one of those guys up there meeting with coach and really just trying to put all the little things together,” said Terrion Arnold at Monday’s media availability. “He’s really excited to learn and really hungry to be on the field. It’s helping him grow and even myself, just making me a better player because I have to get in the film room and teach him what to do, I feel like we’re all benefiting from that.”
Nick Saban highlighted Little as one of the players, who was getting a lot of reps after the Crimson Tide’s first scrimmage.
“We played Malachi (Moore) at safety today,” Saban said. “We’ve been playing some days at Star, some days at safety. Caleb Downs is doing well for a young guy, getting a lot of reps. We played Earl (Little) at Star, played several guys at corner since Kool-Aid (McKinstry) wasn’t here. Terrion Arnold’s been doing a pretty good job, having a good spring. We played him at Star some, too. So a lot of guys getting a lot of reps, but that’s an area of our team we definitely need to develop some depth and get these guys experience so they’re more confident in terms of how they go out there and play and execute what we need them to do.”