It’s been just a short 8 days removed from Alabama dominating a pandemic stricken season, and hoisting up their 18th National Championship. We have stated that this team was special, and it showed on and off the field. Yes, having great players and future NFL studs scattered all across the field is key, but having a solid coaching staff is key as well. Let’s look at out final grades for the season.
Mac Jones did an incredible job at the helm of this offense year, and while the few times we did see Bryce Young make an appearance and struggled just a bit, Mac’s play was still top notch, and they deserve the A+.
Weather it was Najee hurdling defenders, B-Rob mowing people over, or Jase McClellan breaking off 35-40 yard runs, this unit was a force to be reckoned with for opposing defenses this past year. B-Rob, McClellan, and Roydell Williams will be back next year, and they welcome Camar Wheaton to the mix next year as well. Good luck containing any of them.
This is mainly for Heisman winner Devonta Smith, but this entire unit all stepped up in the absence of Jaylen Waddle. John Metchie quietly had 916 reception yards, and will be the guy next year, but has some great players surrounding him, with Slade Bolden, Xavier Williams, and Javon Baker all returning.
Not much of a focal point in our offense, but when they get the call they normally deliver. Sure, Miller Forristall had a pass snatched from his gasp in the Florida game, but most other time he had secured hands. Returning for next year is rising star and soon to be household name Jahleel Billlingsley, who also became a kick returner once Waddle went down as well. Jahleel will be a stud next year. You heard it here first.
What more can you say about this incredibly talented bunch of men, lead by fan favorite and very much respected Landon Dickerson. When Saban allowed Landon to go snap the ball in the Victory Formation, if tears wasn’t flowing off your face, are you really a fan? Losing three of the five lineman will be tough to replace, but Evan Neal and Emil Eykior are back and we have JC Latham and the Brockermeyer twins on the way.
Steve Sarkisian: Offensive Coordinator- A+
Sark’s play calling ability was in full effect this year. Even after Waddle’s injury, he was able to find ways to get Devonta open in space and create mismatches. His play calling in the National Championship game was amazing, getting Devonta paired with a linebacker, and having Devonta play decoy on a WR screen, only to have Smitty shoot down the sidelines wide open. Sarkisian definitely deserved a head coaching gig after his performance this year, and he will be missed, but, as always, it’s next man up, and Bill O’Brien looks to be that guy.
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