Alabama Football: Spring Practice Preview for the Running Backs

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Alabama Football: Spring Practice Preview for the Running Backs
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Alabama fans are not sweating the departure of Eddie Lacy to the NFL, thanks to the emergence of star sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon.

Running back is a position that’s been seemingly declining in value at all levels of football, except at the University of Alabama.  Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have established a factory of NFL-caliber rushers that seems to be gaining steam with every passing year.

After watching the likes of Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy stampede their way to the next level, this spring signals T.J. Yeldon’s ascension to the coveted lead back role for the Tide this fall. 

But after Saban brought in four of the nation’s top running back recruits in the Tide’s 2013 recruiting class, Yeldon will be pushed by a number of young and hungry candidates.

Sophomore Kenyan Drake enters the spring with a chance to slide into the backup role vacated by Yeldon, but stud recruit and early enrollee Derrick Henry is already breathing down Drake’s neck in what should be one of the spring’s most intriguing storylines. 

Senior Jalston Fowler and sophomore Demetrius Hart—two players whose 2012 season’s was cut short due to injury—could figure into the spring rotation.  But both players could also end up switching positions—with corner being a likely landing spot for Hart and halfback being considered for Fowler. 

How will the running back rotation shake out by the time the A-Day game arrives? 

What is a realistic expectation for Henry’s debut season, and what does he need to accomplish by the end of the spring?

Find out everything you need to know about Alabama’s stable of running backs in this spring practice preview breaking down the Tide’s group of rushers.

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