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Sophomore T.J. Yeldon is clearly the Tide’s feature back, but the competition to earn the backup role he filled a year ago was somewhat of a mystery heading into the season.
Through two games, little has changed to clear up that picture.
Senior Jalston Fowler—who also lines up at H-back—is the only other rusher to earn carries in both games this season.
Sophomore Kenyan Drake didn’t play against Virginia Tech, but after his strong effort against the Aggies (seven carries for 50 yards and a touchdown), he has proven to be the most effective back other than Yeldon.
Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the slow start for touted true freshman Derrick Henry. The 6’3”, 240-pound former 5-star recruit lost three yards on his only carry of the season against the Hokies.
While it’s still early in the season, developing the rotation behind Yeldon remains an intriguing subplot for the offense.