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. 9 Ronnie Harrison
In his first season as a starter at safety for Alabama football, Ronnie Harrison finished second on the team with 86 total tackles. Harrison also added 1.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions (1 returned for touchdown), 2 fumble recoveries (1 returned for touchdown) and 7 pass breakups.
Harrison should be the emotional leader for Alabama’s defense in his junior season.
Harrison is an immensely talented player who plays with a lot of passion. At times, he needs to do a better job of channeling that energy and passion to avoid getting mixed up in trash talk from opponents.
Heading into his junior season, Harrison must continue to improve in pass coverage when matched up against tight ends or running backs. If he can show growth against the pass, Harrison could become a top NFL draft pick.
Harrison was one of seven Alabama players named to Athlon’s preseason All-American team.
Coming Wednesday: Tide’s next great offensive lineman
SEC Country’s Top 25 Alabama football players:
- No. 10: A key playmaker
- 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’