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.
21. Lester Cotton
Cotton is another player on this list who could probably be higher, but we’re taking a wait and see approach. Alabama’s goal this season with the offensive line seems to be more centered with getting the best five players on the field and figuring out where to put them.
If Cotton earns a starting job, he’ll shoot up this list. Coming out of high school, Cotton was labeled as a bruiser with violent hands. He excelled in the running game during his time at Central High School in Tuscaloosa.
As a freshman last season, the 6-foot-3, 319-pound Cotton played in four games during mop-up duty.
Heading into his sophomore year, Cotton has proved to be one of the more versatile lineman on campus. During the spring, Cotton worked at right guard, left guard, left tackle and right tackle. Cotton worked at left guard with the first-team offense during Alabama’s A-Day spring game.
Cotton is one of Alabama’s best offensive lineman. But the problem may be finding a place to put him.
Lester Cotton has had a really good spring, and if I had to say is he one the top five linemen based on what he has done in the spring, I would say probably, yes. Can I say where he would play? I don’t know for sure. He could play right tackle, he could play right or left guard. — Alabama coach Nick Saban on Cotton
Coming Monday: An offensive lineman who changed positions