After their historic run to the 2020 national championship, Alabama football will have to reload at several key positions if they want to repeat in 2021
Most of the time when a program is losing three of the top five vote getters in the Heisman trophy race, that program will need a couple of years to rebuild and develop talent. Alabama football is not one of those programs however.
The Crimson Tide put forth one of the greatest teams that college football has ever seen in 2020 and while they may not be quite that good in 2021, they still have the most talented roster in college football and will be right in the thick of the national championship race again next season.
Head coach Nick Saban has built the greatest dynasty the sport has ever seen and it does not look like the Crimson Tide will be slowing down anytime soon. Alabama is set to sign one of the highest rated recruiting classes of all time in February and that will keep the program on top for many years to come.
Alabama will have to replace quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris, receivers Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, and three offensive line starters in Alex Leatherwood, Landon Dickerson and Deonte Brown. That is a lot of talent and leadership that is going to be missed, but Alabama has the talent to replace those guys, even though it could take time for the offense to gel.
On defense, the Crimson Tide have some talent and leadership to replace. Defensive tackle Christian Barmore, linebacker Dylan Moses, defensive end LaBryan Ray, and Patrick Surtain II in the secondary. The defense will be more experienced than the offense and should be one of the best in the country, as they usually are under Nick Saban.
Alabama will look like a brand new team when they take the field in their season opener in Atlanta vs Miami and this is an early projection at what Alabama’s 2-deep depth chart will look like in September.