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.
5. Tim Williams
When talking about the five most important players on a team, you’re discussing guys who have a skillset that couldn’t be easily replaced. Williams is definitely one of those players.
No one on Alabama’s team can rush the passer like Williams. There was talk that he could have been a second or even a late first-round pick had he decided to come out of school after his junior season.
Consider this: Despite playing less than 40 percent of Alabama’s snaps, Williams (10.5) finished with just two less sacks than the SEC leader Myles Garrett (12.5), who is a full-time starter for Texas A&M.
Williams was incredibly productive throughout the season in his role as a pass rushing specialist.
He will step into a bigger role this season with guys like Dillon Lee and Denzel Devall gone.
Williams earned MVP honors of Alabama’s spring game with three quarterback hurries and his two sacks. Williams performance left Alabama coach Nick Saban to joke that he was ruining the spring game during his televised interview with ESPN.
This fall, Saban and Alabama hope Williams continues to develop while ruining a few offensive game plans along the way.
Coming Tuesday: An All-American caliber defensive lineman
- No. 6 Ryan Anderson
- No. 7 Calvin Ridley
- No. 8 O.J. Howard
- No. 9 Eddie Jackson
- No. 10 Marlon Humphrey
- 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