Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Favorites: Kenyan Drake, Sophomore
Derrick Henry, Freshman
Challengers: Tyren Jones, Freshman
Altee Tenpenny, Freshman
Alvin Kamara, Freshman
Alabama’s running back rotation may have a different look this season.
Sophomore T.J. Yeldon is the clear-cut option as the Tide’s featured back, but the competition for the backup role could feature as many as five backs fighting for carries.
Sophomore Kenyan Drake will try to fend off four decorated freshmen from the 2013 recruiting class.
Derrick Henry got a taste of college as an early enrollee, and that may give him a leg up on his classmates for the backup job. However, Alvin Kamara, Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones were all highly touted backs that will get their first crack at making an impression on the coaching staff.
Regardless, Alabama’s backfield-by-committee approach could expand to have several players shoulder the workload this season.