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’ll be coaches and other key members around the program who’ll 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. 22 Matt Womack
Cam Robinson leaving school early for the NFL opened the door for Jonah Williams to slide over to left tackle for Alabama. Williams started every game at right tackle as a true freshman last season.
Williams’ move created an opportunity for someone to step in at right tackle. That’s where Matt Womack comes in. Womack finished spring practice as the top option at right tackle for Alabama football.
Womack, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound behemoth, must continue to work hard if he wants to hold off talented players such as Alex Leatherwood, a 5-star January enrollee.
Womack, a former 3-star prospect from Alabama’s 2015 recruiting class, has the skills to be a good offensive lineman. He just needs more reps at his position.
Alabama coach Nick Saban praised Womack for his improvement during the spring. Womack has played mostly in a reserve role to this point with the Crimson Tide, but a strong summer and fall camp could earn him a starting spot on the line for Alabama football.
“I thought he had a really good offseason,” Saban said. “His body is starting to develop, starting to show a lot of maturity, balance and body control, better conditioning, better ability to sustain more mental toughness, better idea of what he’s supposed to do and a better grasp of the offense, which allows him to play with more confidence. So, been really pleased with him.”
Coming Friday: An explosive linebacker