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Alabama RB Richard Young: 2023 Crimson Tide Player Spotlight

Richard Young takes picture alongside Nick Saban
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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 Justice Haynes, Richard Young is the final running back in the breakdowns.

Richard Young

Classification: Freshman

Hometown: Lehigh Acres, Fla.

Position: Running Back

Size: 5-11/200 pounds

2021 HS stats: 1,700+ rushing yards, 19 touchdowns at Lehigh Senior High School

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

Weaknesses: None glaring yet


Alabama fans are excited to see Justice Haynes, but five-star Richard Young is not chopped liver.

He amazed crowds at Lehigh Senior High School in his career at Lehigh Acres, Fla.

Young put on a show as a junior, totaling 1,700+ rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder has an explosiveness that jumps out on film. He hits holes quickly and accelerates for marquee plays. Young brings size, athleticism, contact balance (breaking tackles), and power, but his explosiveness is undeniable. He is off to the end zone if he gets by the first wave of defenders. Young did not enroll in the spring, but he may have an opportunity if he shakes things up in preseason camp.

He is the real deal, especially if you watch his tape from his junior season.


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RB Jase McClellan

RB Roydell Williams

RB Jam Miller

RB Justice Haynes

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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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