Alabama enters the College Football Playoff with the chance to cement a legacy not only as back-to-back champions, but one of the great teams in college football history.
We continue our countdown of the top 10 players who got Alabama to this point. With Alabama’s talent, any number of players could make this list. Give us your own on Twitter or our Alabama Insiders Facebook page.
No. 2 LB Reuben Foster
Why he’s here: It’s crazy to think about how far Foster has come during his time at Alabama. Early in his career, Foster struggled with injuries due to poor tackling technique. He would lower his head and end up with neck and shoulder injuries.
Now, Foster is one of the best linebackers in the country.
A serious case could be made for Foster as No. 1. He won the Butkus Award (nation’s best linebacker) and was voted a unanimous All-American.
Foster leads an Alabama defense ranked first nationally in total defense (247.8 ypg), rush defense (63.4 ypg) and scoring defense (11.8 ppg). Foster leads the Crimson Tide in tackles with 94, including 12 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. He also has recorded 8 quarterback hurries and 2 pass breakups this year.
What’s ahead in 2017
Foster is a senior so he’ll be off to the NFL next season. Foster is considered the 11th best prospect in this draft class, according to CBSSports.com.
If he can stay healthy, Foster should have a long, successful NFL career. His skill set fits what the NFL is now. Alabama fans have two more games to enjoy Foster in a Crimson Tide uniform.
Alabama Top 10 players
No. 10: DB Anthony Averett
No. 9: LT Cam Robinson
No. 8: FS Ronnie Harrison
No. 7: OLB Tim Williams
No. 6: LB Ryan Anderson
No. 5: WR ArDarius Stewart
No. 4: QB Jalen Hurts
No. 3: DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
No. 2: LB Reuben Foster