Alabama has eight running backs signed on next year. Those are the facts. Derrick Henry was one of four running backs to commit to the Tide on signing day, and that does not bode well for the amount of carries Henry will get. There has been talk of Nick Saban asking Henry to change positions and that talk will heat up even more during Spring practices.
Saban told Scout that he did not think he had a lot of quality running backs coming next year. “I don’t really see how we have a stacked group at running back,” he said. “We have one guy coming back that gained 1,000 yards. We have another guy who carried the ball a few times as a freshman, and two guys that got hurt, that may or may not be able to come back and play the position well.”
Henry has reportedly been told that he will have the opportunity to show what he can do as a running back, but some analysts have predicted that he could switch to middle line backer or safety.
“It’s not high school anymore,” Henry said. “In high school, you can win about fives games with one athlete. That’s basically what we did, because I really was the only D-I guy on my team. On the collegiate level, everybody’s good. I’m just ready to get to work and hopefully get some carries this season.”
It’s not high school anymore Henry. It’s two time defending national champion Alabama, and you will get your shot. Just probably not that many.