The world’s Bryce Youngs, Will Andersons and Christopher Allens weren’t the only ones who created a stir during practices and games this spring in Alabama.
Here are five lesser-known Crimson Tide players who were also among those who generated some interest this spring (listed alphabetically):
Second-year outside linebacker Chris Braswell
Lets play a game. Remember who was ranked the number one weak side defensive end nationally in drafting class last year? Should. It was the aforementioned Anderson, who enters this season as one of the best defensive players in the SEC. But do you remember who came right behind him at number 2? Maybe not. It was Braswell, who didn’t play at all in 2020, but showed this spring some of the skills and rushing ability that helped him become one of the top 20 players overall in that 2020 recruiting class within the rankings. from 247Sports Composite. Baltimore’s product closed the spring with three sacks during Crimson Tide’s spring game while working against the first-team offense, including a sack that produced a defensive touchdown.
Freshman catcher Agiye Hall
During the 2021 recruiting cycle, Alabama signed four of the nation’s top 10 wide receivers based on 247 Composite rankings, including three already on campus for Crimson Tide. That includes Hall, who is off to the fastest start among that group of first-year receivers. The 6-foot-3 Florida product stood out at times during the spring and then was one of the stars of Tide’s spring game as he worked with the second team offense. He finished with four receptions, 72 yards and a pair of shots worthy of a standout reel.
Red T-Shirt Junior Tight End Cameron Latu
The former outside linebacker did what he had done during each of the previous two spring games on Saturday: reach the end zone. After scoring a combined three touchdowns on those first two scrimmages, Latu caught a 59-yard touchdown on a pass from Young during the second quarter of the spring game. Latu’s development makes Tide feel good about his tight end double with the combination of Latu and young Jahleel Billingsley.
Senior Inside Linebacker Jaylen Moody
For three years, Moody has been a support and special equipment contributor. Now, Moody, a late addition to the team’s signing class in 2018, has a chance to start and ends the spring leading the competition for the starting inside linebacker spot alongside Christian Harris. During Alabama’s spring game, the South Carolina native had seven tackles, one tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. That came after the former three-star pick scored at least one tackle for a loss during a dominant performance by the first-team defense in the Tide fight on April 11.
Second runner Roydell Williams
While Williams was just a fourth-row running back last season, Hueytown’s product impressed enough behind the scenes that an Alabama source threw a huge compliment at one point last year – that Williams reminded the former Crimson star of something. Tide, Josh Jacobs. A great compliment? Yes. But Williams impressed even more throughout the spring as he quietly built a case for playing time in what will continue to be intense competition for running back action. With Brian Robinson unavailable for the spring game, the 5-foot-10, 210-pound Williams was the leading running back with the first team offense. He accounted for 108 yards of hitting, including 65 yards on four receptions.
Matt Zenitz is a senior SEC soccer reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mzenitz.