Report: Alabama running back Desherrius Flowers ruled ineligible


Due to an eligibility issue, Alabama freshman running back Desherrius Flowers, will not be allowed to enroll in the school.

Some big news came out of Tuscaloosa on Wednesday and if you’re an Alabama Crimson Tide fan, it was not the good kind. Freshman running back Desherrius Flowers will not be allowed to enroll at Alabama in the fall because of an eligibility issue that came up recently according to the Alabama athletic department.

Next: New Fight Songs for Every SEC Team

Flowers was a highly touted recruit. Tabbed as a four-star recruit, he was the No. 146 overall player in the class of 2015, the No. 15 running back, and the No. 5 overall player in the state of Alabama, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

With the absence of Flowers, the Tide now have three healthy running backs on their roster with Derrick Henry, junior and recently enrolled freshman Damien Harris who was the No. 1 running back recruit in the nation. Bo Scarbrough tore his ACL in the offseason and is likely out for the year.

Depth is not usually problem for the Tide at the position whose recent backups have been among the best at the position in the nation, but academics, injuries, transfers and legal problems has thinned the depth chart.

Flowers wasn’t likely to have a prominent role in the offense this year, so as long as the 240-pound Henry stays healthy, he could be a Heisman candidate and ease any concerns about depth. Further, if Drake is fully recovered from his season-ending injury from last year, he’ll be a great option as a receiver out of the backfield and Harris offers great potential.

Next: Top 20 Iconic Uniforms in College Football

More from Saturday Blitz