Considering the success that Alabama’s running backs have enjoyed since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, it would not be a stretch to say that Alabama could claim the title of “Running Back U” in college football’s modern era.
Coming into the 2012 season, the Crimson Tide appear to have a loaded stable of talented backs yet again—but how will Saban adjust his backfield to get a similar level of production without the star power of backs like Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson?
For starters, Alabama’s running backs will likely find plenty of running room thanks to lining up behind what should be the nation’s top offensive line unit.
While the well-groomed heir-apparent to the pair of former All-Americans mentioned above appears to be rising junior Eddie Lacy, the quality and multi-purpose abilities of the players behind him may call for new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to utilize a committee approach.
Players like junior Jalston Fowler, redshirt freshman Dee Hart and true freshman T.J. Yeldon are all capable of making an impact on an offense in search of new playmakers.
Here are five reasons why the Crimson Tide are best suited for a healthy running back rotation in 2012.