College Football Playoff National Championship: Alabama’s 3 Key Players
Who are Alabama’s three key players going into the College Football Playoff National Championship vs. Clemson?
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On a team full of superstar talents, feel free to take any three starters and you probably have Alabama’s three key players. But really, these are the three key players on the Crimson Tide starting with …
LB Reuben Foster
The team’s heart-and-soul linebacker would’ve been a first round draft pick last year, and he’s a mortal lock to be a top 20 pick this season, but against Clemson, he might have to be the best player on the field. It’ll be his job to keep Deshaun Watson from taking off on the outside, while helping to clean up everything else against the run. Last year he came up with nine tackles against the Tigers, and now this time around, he’ll hit the double-digit mark. Offensively, the game comes down to …
QB Jalen Hurts
All the attention might be on Deshaun Watson, but Hurts is every bit the playmaker – but in a different way. He doesn’t get enough credit as a passer, hitting 65% of his throws with 22 touchdowns and nine picks, but his real worth is as a runner who makes big things happen when the play breaks down. He took over on the ground against Tennessee, won the LSU game late, and helped Alabama survive Ole Miss – running for over 100 yards in all three games. However, he’s coming off a 7-of-14 passing day for just 57 yards against Washington. With the change in offensive coordinators, the spotlight’s on. And finally, there’s the main man on the defensive front, playing in his last game for the Tide …
DE Jonathan Allen
A top five overall NFL Draft talent, he’s got the perfect blend of size, the quickness to get into the backfield, and the toughness to hold up and be an anchor against the run. One of the team’s best pass rushers over the last few seasons, he also returned two fumbles for scores – most memorably with a key 75-yarder against Ole Miss. This year, he has to come up with a big performance after not registering a tackle in last year’s national championship.