Top Alabama Football Questions, No. 6: Trey Sanders’ Recovery
Alabama football fall camp began on Monday afternoon after several weeks of uncertainty about the viability of this college football season. Many questions about testing, player safety, a college football semi-bubble, etc. have yet to be answered, but this series will focus on the most pressing on-field questions for the Crimson Tide in 2020.
I narrowed down the top-10 questions I'd like to ask coach Nick Saban entering fall camp, and I'll reveal two per day, Monday through Friday. Make sure to check back to Tide1009.com throughout this week to read up all on 10, and catch up on the questions you might've missed by clicking on the links below.
10. "How important is it that an experienced player plays the Money position, and how does DeMarcco Hellams' skill set fit what you're looking for there?"
9. "When Alex Leatherwood had to play guard for a year because your tackle spots were set, you called it a 'sacrifice.' Do you view Evan Neal's situation the same way?"
8. "With the young depth you have on the defensive line and the lack of experience at outside linebacker, did you ever consider having LaBryan Ray take some reps at outside linebacker like he did as a freshman?"
7. "If there was a position group that could have used more depth last year, it was probably tight end. With Jahleel Billingsley getting a year under his belt and Carl Tucker coming in from UNC, how are you feeling about that group?"
6. "What did you see out of Trey Sanders during his rehab, and what can he bring to the offense when he's fully healthy?"
Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian mentioned Sanders in a press conference on Tuesday night, alluding to his "explosiveness" as one of the team's complementary backs.
A 5-star recruit in the Class of 2019 and the top running back in his class, Sanders came to Tuscaloosa with plenty of hype, famously declaring that he planned on winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman.
His high school coach at IMG Academy, Kevin Wright, told me last summer that Sanders was accustomed to sharing carries as part of a committee backfield and that he was ready to be an all-around running back at Alabama. He wasn't just a runner, Wright said, but he could also catch the ball out the backfield and help in pass protection.
Last fall Saban said Sanders was doing "really, really well" in camp before his season-ending foot injury. He returned to practice by December but wasn't ready to get back on the field.
Sarkisian said Tuesday that the team was more reliant on its starter (Najee Harris) than it has been in previous years, but he'd like to see more of a rotation this season. That indicates Sanders could have a larger role than expected in his redshirt freshman season.