Alabama sophomore tailback Bo Scarbrough has a chance to be the guy who replaces Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry this season. He’s also looking a little slimmer nowadays.
Scarbrough’s 6-foot-2, 230 pound frame nearly mimics Henry’s stature and the rising sophomore is a monster in the weight room. But questions arose after Scarbrough reported to spring practice 10 pounds lighter.
Alabama’s staff believes Scarbrough would perform better at his current weight. Coach Nick Saban said this weight loss didn’t have anything to do with preventing injury and added that being too strong as a skill position player isn’t necessarily a good thing.
“Sometimes these guys keep lifting weights and they just keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger,” Saban said according to 247Sports.com’s Charlie Potter. “I think at certain positions, especially skill positions, that’s not always advantageous. We felt Bo’s efficient weight – it had nothing to do with injuries – it’s just how can you play the best?”
Scarbrough carried the ball 18 times for 104 yards and a touchdown during his freshman campaign. The former five-star recruit could be in store for a breakout campaign for the Crimson Tide.