As in every new season, the rookie freshmen add new dimensions to every team’s lineup. From speed, to strength, to beef in the trenches, fans await the excitement that the new faces on every team add to the game. This year is no exception and for the University of Alabama. This talented group of freshman should give the fans their money’s worth if their track records are any indication of talent.
In no specific order, let’s take a look at what Alabama Crimson Tide fans have to look forward to from this talented core of freshmen althletes.
O.J. Howard – Tight End
Howard should add a dimension to Saban’s attack that has been less-than-stellar over recent years. At 6’6″ and 237 pounds, Howard has the perfect stature for a tight end. Add to that quick feet and good hands and you have the making of a red zone threat that would make any quarterback salivate. Ranked by ESPN.com as the second ranked tight end recruit in the nation, Howard has already made his presence felt in practice and seems to have developed an early chemistry with quarterback A.J. McCarron. Barring injuries or off-the-field setbacks, look for Howard to surpass last year’s tight end numbers.
Dalvin Tomlinson-Defensive End
The 6’3″, 255 pound redshirt freshman should be a force to reckon with in 2013. Tomlinson missed all of last year’s season due to a knee injury, but has fully recovered and impressed Coach Saban’s staff in spring and summer practices. Already touted as the best defense in the country, Alabama’s defensive stock may very well soar if Tomlinson lives up to his expectatons. Coach Saban has called Tomlinson a “quick-twitch guy” referring to his ability to move laterally down the line.
Derrick Henry-Running Back
The notion of Henry, 6’3″ and 243, pairing up with the likes of standout runningback TJ Yeldon, has SEC defenses already feeling a little green in the gills. Henry has demonstrated his talents so much so that he has become the buzz at practices and with the media. Henry’s physical style of running has caught the attention of veteran linebackers who have compared Henry to that of a bigger version of Trent Richardson. Look for Henry to carry the pigskin on 3rd and short or goal line plays to power through into the defensive backfield.
While it should be expected for a national powerhouse like Alabama to be lead by their Sr. crew, don’t be surprised if any one of these young talents steal the headlines on any given Saturday this fall.