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Alabama RB Justice Haynes: 2023 Crimson Tide Player Spotlight

Alabama freshman RB Justice Haynes (#22) runs the ball during the Crimson Tide's second scrimmage.
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We have made it to July and SEC Football Media Days are coming soon. 

The University of Alabama looks to return to the College Football Playoff in the fall and win a national championship. Nick Saban has several talented players, but which ones will emerge as the most impactful?

The staff at Touchdown Alabama Magazine will spotlight numerous players for the upcoming season.

After looking at Jam Miller, Justice Haynes is next in breaking down running backs.

Justice Haynes

Classification: Freshman

Hometown: Buford, Ga.

Position: Running Back

Size: 5-11/205 pounds

2022 HS stats: 1,695 rushing yards (11.1 yards per attempt), 239 receiving yards (nine catches), 26 total touchdowns

Strengths: Size, athleticism, power, speed, versatility, contact balance, explosiveness 

Weaknesses: None glaring yet

Summary

Justice Haynes is ready for a highly anticipated freshman season at the University of Alabama.

As a Georgia legacy, the five-star running back chose the Crimson Tide in this recent signing class. He totaled over 7,000 career rushing yards (7,574) and had 95 touchdowns across four years at Buford High School. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder enrolled early for spring practice and impressed everyone with his skill set. Haynes had Nick Saban single him out as someone who does not perform like a freshman. He dominated two scrimmages before the A-Day game and recorded three scores in the spring game.

If he continues to grow, Haynes could become the starting running back or he’ll take carries from Roydell Williams and Jam Miller as the No. 2 option behind Jase McClellan. Haynes possesses a lot of skills and might be the player at the running back position that can separate himself from the rest. He has to show exceptional work in preseason camp, but we will see how it goes.

Alabama fans regard Haynes as one of a few freshmen that will have an impact on the team.

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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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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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