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Kenyan Drake tries to stay in-bounds against Florida Atlantic.
Alabama has been known for having a dominant running game since Nick Saban’s arrival to Tuscaloosa. However, he has always had a combination of backs to penetrate defenses.
Starter Eddie Lacy is leaving the Capstone for the NFL Draft, and sophomore standout T.J. Yeldon will jump into the No. 1 spot.
The question is who will step up and solidify themselves as the second punch in Alabama’s punishing running game. There are several guys in the running for the No. 2 spot.
Junior Jalston Fowler only played in two games last season before injuring his knee against Western Kentucky. Before the injury, Fowler, Lacy and Yeldon were an unstoppable trio.
This spring, Fowler has practiced wearing a no-contact black jersey, according to the Crimson White, but he will be in the running to spell Yeldon in 2013.
Another experienced back looking to move up the depth chart is sophomore Kenyan Drake. However, Drake saw most, if not all of his playing time in the second half of blowout games.
He did make the most out of his time nonetheless, accumulating 281 yards and five touchdowns. His speed and athleticism will benefit him, as he seeks offensive opportunities in the first half instead of cleanup duty.
Out of all the running backs on campus this spring (aside from Yeldon) the most fascinating back is freshman Derrick Henry. At 6’3” and 243 pounds, Henry is a mammoth athlete.
Senior linebacker C.J. Mosley said Henry is a bigger version of former Alabama star Trent Richardson, according to al.com’s Andrew Gribble. Yeldon had a fantastic spring as a freshman, so it’s not out of the question for Henry.
The competition at running back will be the most anticipated position battle of the spring.