Meet Alabama's six running backs that could start anywhere in the Nation
Having one or two quality running backs for the upcoming season is a huge asset for any college football team. Alabama currently has six on its roster (three five-stars, two four-stars, and one three-star) that could likely start for any team in the nation. Today we highlight and provide more insight on Alabama's loaded backfield.
More on Bo Scarbrough: During his sophomore season at Alabama Scarbrough, a native of Tuscaloosa, County rushed for 812-yards and scored 11-touchdowns. In his last four games of the 2016 season, he ran the football 63-times for 454-yards and scored six touchdowns, an average of 7.2-yards per carry against Auburn, Florida, Washington, and Clemson. During Alabama’s national title loss to Clemson in January, Scarbrough suffered a fractured bone in his leg during the third quarter after scoring two touchdowns. During the spring, he was limited in drills and did not play during Alabama’s A-Day. While he is expected to be 100 percent by the ATLShowdown against Florida State, no one has seen him in live action since January 9.
More on Harris: A five-star running back out of Bera, Ky., Harris was very productive during the 2016 season leading the team in rushing with 1,037-yards and two touchdowns. At 5-foot-11, 216 pounds, Harris has a good combination of size and speed. As a sophomore, he averaged 7.2 yards per carry, which lead the team and was second in the SEC behind LSU’s Derrius Guice, who had an average of 7.6-yards per carry. Harris is more than capable of carrying the load, making big plays, and helping the Crimson Tide grind out long sustaining drives.
More on Jacobs: As a freshman, last season the 5-foot-10, 209-pound Jacobs ran for 567-yards of 87-carries and scored four touchdowns. Against Kentucky he carried the football 16 times for 100 yards and one score. He's a shifty player that has great acceleration and Pro Football Focus College Football just released a stat that is very telling about his ability. Jacobs had a 165.8 elusive rating which is first in the nation among returning FBS running backs.
More on Emmons: Emmons was rated as the No. 1 running back and a five-star in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com. During the 2016 season, he carried the football 35 times for 173 yards. His playing time was cut short due to suffering a foot injury midway through the season. Emmons still had an impressive 4.9 yards per carry and though Alabama's backfield is loaded, he's not one to forget about as he's a very dangerous player that can rip open big plays when healthy.
More on Harris: The No. 1 overall player in the Country out of the Class of 2017 was Najee Harris, another Five-Star running back to add to the backfield. During Harris' senior year of high school, he ran for 2,776 yards and 36 touchdowns and finished with a career total of 7,948-yards which is the fourth most in California high school football history. Harris is a big strong back with great speed and looked fantastic during this spring as an early enrollee. During Alabama’s A-Day he ran the football 17-times for 70-yards.
Brian Robinson Jr.
More on Robinson Jr.: The 6-foot-1, 218-pound prospect was rated as a Rivals.com Four-Star and is right out of the Crimson Tide's backyard playing at Hillcrest High School which in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. While at Hillcrest, he rushed for 990-yards and scored 18-touchdowns. Robinson Jr. has not been talked about as much as the other running backs listed above, but he is very capable of contributing for the Crimson Tide when he's called on because of his ability to make cuts, quick feet, and strong build. During Alabama's A-Day he ran for 21-yards of seven carries.