Running back Derrick Henry will forgo his senior year at Alabama to join the NFL, forcing the Crimson Tide to replace his Heisman Trophy-worthy production in 2016. According to SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears, that task could be easier than many expect.
With spring practice underway, Bo Scarbrough, a former five-star recruit out of the IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), has begun to make his case for Alabama’s starting RB job. After taking in practice this week in Tuscaloosa, Spears believes the sophomore might be ready for such a role.
“I got a chance to see Bo Scarbrough run yesterday. Big, fast, physical guy — looks like he can have that Derrick Henry-esque (workload) for an extended period of time,” Spears said, via SECSports.com.
Scarbrough only received 18 carries last season but made the most of those chances, racking up 104 rushing yards and a touchdown. Although it’s unclear whether or not he’ll be able to handle 300-plus carries in a season like Henry did in 2015, his 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame suggests he’s strong enough to be a workhorse for Nick Saban.