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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    I seem to remember threads for the last two years to the effect that we had a roadblock at RB. Depth sure can evaporate in a hurry...
    Amen, brother.

    Esp last year...

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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Quote Originally Posted by bamafaninOhiO View Post
    Maybe its just me, but I dont see Henry being used as a halfback....JMO.

    Ive never seen a recruit where people seemed bent on changing their position more than Henry.
    Henry will be Yeldon's backup next year in my opinion.

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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    The basic deal on tailback depth is this: You need to have two guys who can play throughout a game (and three if you aren't as fortunate as we are, and don't have two guys who can both run, pass block, and catch it out of the backfield).

    Given the inherent physical dangers inherent in playing tailback, however, as a general rule of thumb you can bank on between one and three tailbacks per season, per team, either sustaining a season-ending injury (torn ACL, broken leg, etc.) or being significantly limited for a large portion of the year with an injury of note (high ankle sprain, pulled hamstring, etc.).

    Doing the math, that basically puts you needing about five, maybe six tailbacks on your roster. And that is pretty much where we are now, and where we have been for ages now. It's not stockpiling by any stretch -- nor would you even want to do that, because with a hard cap on scholarships you have to rob Peter to pay Paul -- it's just fundamental and accepted principles of roster construction.

    And in our case, a lot of this is just overrated. Some rivals like to group Calloway and Sims into the tailback discussion, even though neither are. And in the same vein, Kamara was recruited as an athlete and could play a variety of roles, and really the same applies to Henry who could become more of a hybrid player like that Fowler rather than a true tailback.
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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpit View Post
    I bet wisconsin or maryland wished they would have more qbs on their roster last season. Maryland was down to their last qb on the roster before the season even started.
    Maryland eventually had to play a freshman linebacker at QB because he played QB in High School. That's pretty bad.

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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Quote Originally Posted by RTR91 View Post
    Look at the player's "age" going into the 2013 season.

    QB:
    AJ - Senior
    Blake - RS Junior
    Ely - RS Sophomore
    Morris - RS Freshman
    Bateman - Freshman
    McLeod - Freshman
    Del Rio - Freshman

    RB:
    TJ - Sophomore
    Drake - Sophomore
    Fowler - Senior
    Hart - RS Sophomore
    Henry - Freshman
    Kamara - Freshman
    Jones - Freshman
    Tenpenny - Freshman

    Behind AJ, Alabama has one experienced QB in Blake. Morris may make a run at #2 this year after being in the system for year. When looking at their eligibility, you see one guy for sure gone and two others possibly gone with degrees in hand. There will be a line in 2013, but that line shrinks going into 2014. Someone help here, Del Rio can't play for 2 years because he is an invited walk-on, correct?

    In regards to the RB depth, Bama loses Fowler after this year. Hart may not play again because of his injuries. Barring an injury, TJ is at Bama for only 2 more seasons. Again, that line isn't as long as it first appears.
    Good post, '91.

    And here's hoping Fowler qualifies for a medical redshirt...

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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    I think Coach Saban is planning to implement the “Reverse Wishbone” with three linemen, a quarterback, and five running backs.

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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rush View Post
    Good post, '91.

    And here's hoping Fowler qualifies for a medical redshirt...
    Here's hoping Fowler plays the entire season without an injury, let alone one bad enough for a medical redshirt.
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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Quote Originally Posted by p'colabamaman View Post
    Here's hoping Fowler plays the entire season without an injury, let alone one bad enough for a medical redshirt.
    I was referring to a medical redshirt for this past season...

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    Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamabuzzard View Post
    It's like having too much money.
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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Like many have already said......We lost a ton of players last year. The more the merrier!

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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaQ View Post
    I think Coach Saban is planning to implement the “Reverse Wishbone” with three linemen, a quarterback, and five running backs.
    Too bad 6 players in the backfield is an illegal formation (so is 5 for that matter)

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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Every year coaches experiment with players in different positions in the spring. In case of a position getting thin, you have other players who can move over to that position to provide depth. Blake Sims playing QB and RB. Jalston Fowler playing RB and LB. Brent Calloway has learned multiple positions. In other words, just because a player is labelled as one position, doesn't mean they aren't capable of learning another position to provide depth.
    If a couple of the RB's were just average, I might scratch my head a little. But all 4 RB's are top RBs. You don't turn those away.

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    Re: Too many scholarships in the backfield?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rush View Post
    Amen, brother.

    Esp last year...
    Maybe the term used was "traffic jam..."
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