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Nick Saban highlights two freshmen that can contribute in the return game for Alabama

Alabama freshman DB Caleb Downs (#2) on the field for the 2023 spring game.
Photo comes via John Ivory of Touchdown Alabama Magazine

We have seen dynamic kick returners and punt returners for Alabama football.

David Palmer, Tyrone Prothro, Javier Arenas, Kenyan Drake, Eddie Jackson, Christion Jones, Cyrus Jones, and Jaylen Waddle were some of the most electrifying players on special teams.

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Alabama fans enjoy the “wow” factor of watching a player break a return for a huge gain or a touchdown. Ga’Quincy “Kool-Aid” McKinstry returns as the punt returner for the Crimson Tide, but who is the team developing behind him?

On Tuesday, Nick Saban highlighted some names that are getting reps — including two true freshmen. 

“We have Kool-Aid back, who averaged 16 yards per punt return last year, but we are trying to develop some other guys at the position,” Saban said. “Isaiah Bond, Caleb Downs can catch punts, Cole Adams can catch punts, so we are working with more guys to be able to do that. On kickoff return, Kendrick Law did it last year. Emmanuel Henderson did it some. We just have to see how that part develops. I think we have enough good skill guys that we should be able to come up with some good return guys.”

RELATED: Alabama freshman Caleb Downs projects as a breakout safety, per sports tech company

It will be interesting to watch Adams and Downs continue to develop on special teams.

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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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