3 Alabama Players That Could Produce Some Fireworks in 2016
As the Fourth of July approaches and we all get ready to eat some great food and shoot off some fireworks celebrating the birthday of our great nation, we're taking a look at a few of the Crimson Tide football players who could make their own fireworks on the field in 2016.
On a roster with as much talent as the Tide, it's difficult to pick just three players who will make some noise next season, but let's be honest: it's the off-season and we're all looking for our college football fix until September 3 when Alabama travels to AT&T Stadium to take on the USC Trojans to open up the 2016 season.
The Tide will have a great freshman class in 2016, but it's the sophomores that could have the biggest impact this season for Nick Saban and his squad.
He made a name for himself last season for the Crimson Tide, garnering 11 pass break ups, three sacks, and two interceptions (both of which were returned for touchdowns). Fitzpatrick played in 14 of 15 games for the Tide last year, and he along with Marlon Humphrey and Eddie Jackson (having good players around you makes many players better), will be the leaders in Alabama's defensive back field, and judging by his production in 2015, it's not crazy to think that Fitzpatrick could be one of the best defensive backs in the country by season's end.
In the past eight years, Alabama has seen the likes of Julio Jones and Amari Cooper, and now they'll get to see the second season of stud sophomore Calvin Ridley. During his freshman year, not much was expected from him, especially with the quarterback situation in question to begin the season. However, 89 catches and 1045 yards later, folks learned really quickly that he could have very well been the most talented receiver in the country as just a freshman. Fast forward one season, the quarterback situation is still in question, but that didn't stop Ridley the last time.
Alabama has been known as a running back factory, especially since Saban took his talents to Tuscaloosa in 2007. Last season, we may have seen the best of the best in Derrick Henry, but Bo Scarbrough could very well surpass even Henry's production of 2015 (as crazy as that may sound). Standing at 6'2" and 230 lbs, he's physically identical to Henry. If Scarbrough uses his size like Henry was able to do, we could be talking about Alabama's third Heisman Trophy winner.