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. 17 Trevon Diggs
There’s a chance Trevon Diggs is higher on this list by the end of the season. Diggs is going to be key for Alabama football as the Crimson Tide searches for a cornerback to replace Marlon Humphrey.
Diggs proved to be versatile as a true freshman last season. Diggs split time between safety and wide receiver before settling in at receiver. He also served as the Crimson Tide’s punt returner for much of the year.
Diggs caught 11 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown last season. He also registered 5 tackles and a forced fumble. As a return man, Diggs took back 13 punts with a long of 47 yards and averaged 23.7 yards per return on seven kickoffs.
This spring, Diggs worked at cornerback and has seen time with the first defensive group. He started at cornerback with the first-team defense during Alabama’s A-Day spring game.
Diggs was beat deep on a few occasions, but he continued to play hard throughout the scrimmage. If Diggs holds on to a starting role, it would allow Alabama to keep Minkah Fitzpatrick at safety where his leadership and play-making skills can be utilized.
Coming Friday: A powerful offensive lineman.