Editor’s note: Alabama football returns a ton of talent, and has a great opportunity to make another run at the SEC championship and earn a College Football Playoff berth.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a look at Alabama’s 25 most important players. Obviously, there will be coaches and other key members around the program who will have a big impact on the team’s success. But this list is strictly for the top-25 players for the Crimson Tide heading into 2017.
No. 6 Bradley Bozeman
Heading into his senior season, Bradley Bozeman is the leader of the offensive line for Alabama football. He returns for his second year as the starter at center for the Crimson Tide.
Coach Nick Saban called the 6-foot-5, 314-pound Bozeman the “unsung hero” of last season. Bozeman was named to the 2017 Rimington Trophy Watch List (nation’s top center). Bozeman was one of eight SEC centers among the 63 named to the list.
Bozeman started all 15 games at center in 2016 and helped the Tide rank 16th nationally and first in the SEC in scoring offense (38.8 points per game), 12th nationally and second in the league in rushing offense (245.0 yards per game) and 34th in the nation in total offense (455.3 yards per game).
The Roanoke, Ala., native blocked for 11 100-yard rushing games in 2016 — four from Damien Harris and Jalen Hurts along with two from Bo Scarbrough and one by Josh Jacobs.
He was named to the Alabama coaching staff’s offensive players of the week lists for his performances against Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn and Florida.
Coming Monday: Tide’s next great linebacker
SEC Country’s Top 25 Alabama football players:
- No. 7: A lockdown corner
- No. 8: Tide’s next great offensive lineman
- No. 9: A hard-hitting safety
- No. 10: A key play maker
- No. 11: A versatile linebacker
- No. 12: A veteran wide receiver
- No. 13: A key special teams player
- No. 14: An elite defensive lineman
- No. 15: A junior college transfer
- No. 16: A powerful offensive lineman
- No. 17: A young player changing positions
- No. 18: An experienced offensive lineman
- No. 19: A new sack artist
- No 20: A powerful linebacker
- No. 21: A young, explosive linebacker
- No. 22: An inexperienced offensive lineman
- No. 23: A veteran safety
- No. 24: Two talented freshmen
- No. 25: Tide hope he’s ‘special’