Alabama Football: 8 Players Who Will Benefit Most from Lane Kiffin's Offense

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Alabama Football: 8 Players Who Will Benefit Most from Lane Kiffin's Offense
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New Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin provides hope that the vanilla, clock-winding offense preferred by Nick Saban will find some new energy.

The best part about Saban hiring Kiffin is Alabama can stay true to its basic offensive philosophy while bringing up-tempo elements. Kiffin is known for a pro-style attack but has added selective hurry-up pieces.

A couple recent high-profile transfers have left some wondering about the personnel recruited prior to Kiffin running the former USC coach’s offense.

Both might have taken place regardless.

The biggest news came from running back Alvin Kamara—rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 all-purpose back in 2013. Saban suspended Kamara for the Sugar Bowl.

For his part, Kamara denied behavioral issues resulted in his departure. Perhaps that’s the truth. He would, after all, be sitting behind tailbacks T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry next year.

Quarterback Luke Del Rio also caught attention with his decision to transfer.

Del Rio, the son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, walked on at Alabama and was expected to compete for the starting position during the spring. However, he decided to transfer to Oregon State instead.

Del Rio’s move, like Kamara’s, likely had far more to do with prior circumstance than a desire to avoid Kiffin’s offense.

This list examines overall offensive players likely to become stars under Kiffin in 2014.

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