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Alabama’s season opener is more than two months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about what the Crimson Tide has in store for the upcoming year. Looking to make the College Football Playoff for a fourth straight season, Alabama returns a stacked roster which should set the Tide up for another national title run.
Over the next week, BamaInsider.com will break down the top 40 most important players for the upcoming season. Players were determined based on their projected impact on Alabama’s success next season.
Today we start with No. 40-31:
Coming off of a redshirt season last year, Brown starts our list as a player who already made an impact during spring practice. Listed at 6-foot-4, 350 pounds on Alabama’s official roster, Brown earned a start during one of the Tide’s three scrimmages this spring.
The powerful offensive lineman is one of Alabama’s strongest players and could be in the mix to earn a starting spot at right guard this season. According to AL.com, he squatted 675 pounds and benched pressed 500 pounds during the Tide’s spring workouts. There has been some concern over whether or not he can keep his weight in control, but if Brown enters fall camp in good shape, he could provide the push Alabama needs up front.
Alabama will look to replace first-round pick O.J. Howard, who tallied 595 yards and three touchdowns on 45 receptions at tight end last season. While Hentges isn’t quite the playmaker Howard was, his ability…