Alabama tends to stack its roster with so many 4-star and 5-star recruits that some of the country’s best players are often relegated to the bench early in their careers.
This past season was no different; plenty of potential stars either accepted a redshirt or rode the pine while the Crimson Tide won their 16th national title.
With no college film existing for several young players, it’s tough to project who will break out in 2016. So AL.com’s Michael Casagrande spoke with several veterans to get the scoop by asking: “Who’s next?”
The answers varied, but a pair of players — running back Bo Scarbrough and cornerback Kendall Sheffield — each received three mentions.
Here’s what offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor had to say about Scarbrough, who’s projected to win the starting job: “He is a carbon copy of Derrick Henry, if not better. Once it clicks with Bo, he’s probably going to be one of the best running backs in the country. Easily.”
Scarbrough, considered a top-20 prospect overall in the Class of 2014, carried the ball 18 times for 104 yards in limited action last season.
Former cornerback Cyrus Jones was particularly high on Sheffield, another former 5-star who redshirted in 2015: “He’s a great athlete, a hard worker, humble. He has all the skills to do it. I think he just needed this year to mature and learn the defense.”
Spring practice is around the corner, with Alabama’s annual A-Day scrimmage set for April 16. Get caught up with SEC Country’s Crimson Tide spring football preview.