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Running Back, 6'1", 246 lbs., Junior.
Why he's good
Jalston Fowler is one powerful running back. He's tough to tackle purely due to his size.
Fowler adds a lot of depth to the Tide's running back corps, but he has a lot of potential playing fullback as well. You can bet Nick Saban and new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier are considering the possibilities.
All the coaches have to do with Fowler is point him in a direction and shoot.
Why he's overrated
And point and shoot is all the coaches can do with Fowler.
He's a pure downhill runner. He can run through linebackers and defensive backs to get some extra yardage, but if the hole isn't there then Fowler won't find it.
Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram could always make the cuts to find a new hole when the designated one didn't open up, and Fowler can't.
Fowler's running style also has a really big flaw. He is a large, top-heavy player, and the way he runs does not complement this.
When he is forced to make lateral movement, he is slow, cumbersome and easy to knock over. He makes his moves with his feet so close together, it looks like his shoelaces are tied together, sort of like an upside-down pyramid.
A lot of Alabama fans are sold on Fowler, but Nick Saban kept him out of action plenty of times in 2011, despite the fact that No. 2 back Eddie Lacy was struggling with his turf toe.
Fowler had a lot of success in 2011, but it was against bad teams. He tore apart Kent State (69 yards on four carries) and Ole Miss (125 yards on nine carries).
However, he struggled greatly against better teams, like Tennessee (27 yards on nine carries), Arkansas (11 yards on four carries) and Florida (19 yards on five carries).
Nick Saban didn't have the confidence in Fowler to play him in the Tide's four toughest games of the year, Penn State, Mississippi State (they held Alabama to their second lowest score of the season after the LSU games), and both matches against LSU.
A lot of Alabama fans have come to love Fowler, and some have even compared him to former Wisconsin running back John Clay, but that comparison is, honestly, a disservice to Clay.
With a bit more coaching from the Tide's running back coach, Burton Burns, Fowler may develop into a great running back, but at the moment he's just a quality fullback that just happens to play running back at Alabama.