Martin Houston Assesses Alabama’s Running Backs for 2019
The crimson and white, the numbers on the side of the helmets, Big Al along with the tradition of championship football have come to symbolize football Saturdays in Tuscaloosa.
On the field, Alabama has historically relied on the combination of a stout defense, bruising running game and precision on special teams as the formula for big time winning.
Last season, the Crimson Tide relied on speedy wide receivers and the arm of Tua Tagovailoa to carry them to college football's national championship game. The trio of Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts and Mac Jones combined for 4,854 passing yards and accounted for nearly 62 percent of the team's 7,830 yards.
In the running game, the trio of Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs and Najee Harris combined for 2,299 yards rushing with 24 touchdowns. As pass receivers, they hauled in 46 catches for 458 yards and three touchdowns.
Going into the 2019 season, Najee Harris and Tuscaloosa native Brian Robinson are expected to be the primary duo in the Crimson Tide backfield.
To kick off the week on The Blitz, former fullback Martin Houston examined Alabama's backfield for the upcoming season.
The former Crimson Tide fullback examines various factors affecting the running backs including the rotation at the position, how Tua learning to check down to his running backs could increase the role of the position in the passing game, whether Robinson could have a better season than Najee Harris and who could be the change of pace running back in this season's offense.
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