Position: Running back
Key Stat: Rushed for 37 yards on seven attempts in four games last season
Buzz: With the possibility of Alabama running backs Najee Harris and Brian Robinson not playing in the first half for disciplinary reasons, Ford is projected to be the starter in Atlanta. The Florida native made his presence known in the Alabama backfield last season and will look to capitalize on this opportunity early in the season.
Position: Wide Receiver
Key Stat: 2018 SEC Freshman of the Year honoree; 45 catches for 848 yards and seven touchdowns last season
Buzz: Waddle was a standout at wide receiver last season for Alabama as a freshman. However, with more eyes on the Crimson Tide’s other receivers like Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, Waddle will step into a bigger role this season. Saturday’s game against Duke could bring many shots down the field to receivers like Waddle in the first half due to the suspensions announced this week. Waddle will also return punts for Alabama.
Position: Defensive line
Key Stat: A four-star recruit out of Clay-Chalkville High School; ranked as the No. 179 prep player in 2019 ESPN300
Buzz: Dale arrived in Tuscaloosa possessing a big frame, the strength and quickness to disrupt backfields. The true freshman was named the starting nose tackle this week. Dale will be joined by two other true freshmen in the interior of the Crimson Tide’s defense in Christian Harris and Shane Lee. Dale hopes to follow in the footsteps of past NFL-caliber defensive lineman Alabama has produced.
Key Stat: Played in 12 games and started two last season; completed 34 passes for 437 yards and seven touchdowns
Buzz: Harris comes into the 2019 season taking over the reins to the Blue Devil offense from No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft Daniel Jones. Harris showed the ability to get outside of the pocket last year rushing for 195 yards and five touchdowns. A dual-threat quarterback has caused Alabama problems in the past. A young defense in week one for the Crimson Tide could give Harris a chance to make an impact.
Key Stat: 73 tackles, two for a loss and one forced fumble in 10 games of action last season
Buzz: The oldest member of the Duke secondary will have a huge task of slowing down one of the best receiving corps in the country. Singleton is returning from a fractured left ankle that required surgery that ended his 2019 season early. Singleton has played 1,347 career snaps and will be the backbone of experience for the Blue Devil defense.
Position: Wide receiver
Key Stat: Played quarterback in high school; first game as wide receiver
Buzz: There’s no better way to break yourself into a new position and level of football than against the No. 2-ranked team in the country. Calhoun earned the starting receiver spot in spring camp. A rangy, true freshman receiver could cause the Crimson Tide’s secondary problems down the field.
--Compiled by Carey Reeder