Kalen Deboer by far has the most pressure on him of all college football coaches for the 2024 season. He is taking over for Nick Saban, who won six National Championships at Alabama, made it to the College Football Playoff eight times, had four Heisman Trophy winners, and never had a losing season.
That sounds like pressure to me. DeBoer is taking over a program that was led by the greatest head coach in college football history. Not only is he filling the shoes of a legend, but he is having to do it with a program that hot hit hard by the transfer portal after Saban left. A total of 10 players, half of whom started at least one game, left for the portal.
DeBoer still has a lot of high-level players on his roster. However, imagine being the coach who comes in after Nick Saban and somehow ends up with Alabama's first losing season in 16 seasons. He has a lot to prove and there is all of the pressure in the world on his shoulders.
DeBoer has shown he is a very talented coach, he led Washington to the National Championship in his second full season as the Huskies head coach. There is probably no better person to step into Saban's position, but that doesn't mean he doesn't feel the pressure.
Kalen DeBoer, this is your time to prove you can be one of the greatest coaches in college football. No pressure.