Editor’s note: Coming off its fourth national championship in seven seasons, Alabama returns a ton of talent, and has a great opportunity to repeat as champions in 2016.
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 2016.
10. Marlon Humphrey
With Cyrus Jones gone, Humphrey returns as Alabama’s top corner.
He kicks off our top 10.
With a full year of starting experience, Humphrey projects to be an All-SEC type cornerback after posting three interceptions last season.
The Hoover, Ala., native has everything you want: He’s long, has track speed and isn’t afraid to get involved in the run game. Humphrey showcased his toughness by taking on LSU running back Leonard Fournette 1-on-1 in Alabama’s win over the Tigers in Tuscaloosa last season.
As a redshirt freshman, Humphrey started all 15 games en route to being selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team. He racked up 45 tackles, including 3.5 for loss.
Humphrey also added three interceptions, two forced fumbles and eight pass breakups. His three interceptions were good for second on the team.
Humphrey’s best attribute may be his ability to bounce back after giving up a big play.
Early in Alabama’s win at Georgia, Humphrey was beat deep while in single coverage. But he responded later with his first career interception.
Humphrey will need to continue to develop as he’ll likely get matched up against the opposing team’s best receiver a lot this season with Jones moving on to the NFL.
He and Minkah Fitzpatrick have the potential to be a great duo at the cornerback spots for Alabama this season.
Coming Tuesday: A playmaking safety
- No. 11 Minkah Fitzpatrick
- No. 12 Cooper Bateman/David Cornwell/Blake Barnett/Jalen Hurts
- No. 13 Robert Foster
- No. 14 Da’Shawn Hand
- No. 15 Da’Ron Payne
- No. 16 ArDarius Stewart
- No. 17 Shaun Dion Hamilton
- No. 18 Dalvin Tomlinson
- No. 19 Ronnie Harrison
- No. 20 Ross Pierschbacher
- No. 21 Lester Cotton
- No. 22 JK Scott
- No. 23 Rashaan Evans
- No. 24 Jonah Williams
- No. 25 Adam Griffith