2. How quickly will Jahmyr Gibbs get acclimated to the running back room?
While the ground game was not as much of a focal point of the Alabama offense a year ago, the Crimson Tide do have to replace Brian Robinson Jr. Though they still have Jase McClellan and Trey Sanders on the roster, one would think Georgia Tech transfer Jahmyr Gibbs climbs to the very top of the depth chart upon arrival in Tuscaloosa. However, this is Alabama and not the ACC Coastal.
Even though Gibbs has massive expectations to become the bell-cow back in Tuscaloosa, he has to go out and earn it. Again, he is going to have to play up by coming to Alabama. It is all about iron sharpening iron under the Saban regime of Alabama football. This is a different beast than what Gibbs was used to playing in relative obscurity for Geoff Collins’ Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech.
If Gibbs hits the ground running at spring practice, Alabama could have one of the most explosive offenses in the Power Five. Of course, the receiving corps suffered so much attrition off last year’s playoff squad. However, having a promising rusher with as much hype as Gibbs carried with him into the transfer portal will go a long way towards Alabama winning big once again over in Atlanta.
If Alabama cannot run the ball convincingly next season, it leaves them very one-sided offensively.