Chat with Alex Scarborough
Welcome to TideNation! On Thursday, reporter Alex Scarborough stops by to chat about the state of Alabama football.
Scarborough joined ESPN.com in 2012 after covering University of Alabama athletics and high school football for The Tuscaloosa News. He currently resides in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Send your questions now and join Scarborough Thursday at noon ET!
Alex Scarborough (12:01 PM)
Welcome to another hour-long chat about all things Alabama football. I'm glad to have you all here. As always, I'll take questions on a first come, first served basis. Remember if I don't get to your question today, you can always go to TideNationESPN.com, click on the link to the forum and find me there. So without further adieu, let's get started.
which freshman that redshirted last year do you expect to make biggest impact on the football team this season
Alex Scarborough (12:03 PM)
I'd point to wide receiver Chris Black as being that guy. Prior to injuring his shoulder during a fall scrimmage, he was viewed as a potential impact freshman. With a year under his belt, I don't see that changing even with the depth at receiver. He could very well challenge Christion Jones to become the starting slot receiver.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who will be the Starting Defense for Alabama in College Football in 2013?
Alex Scarborough (12:05 PM)
Way too soon to go two-deep on the depth chart but here's an idea of the starting lineup I project: CB Deion Belue, S Landon Collins, S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, CB Geno Smith, LB Xzavier Dickson, LB C.J. Mosley, LB Trey DePriest, LB Adrian Hubbard, DE Ed Stinson, DE Jeoffrey Pagan, NG Brandon Lake. That said, Nick Perry could be the Week 1 starter at safety over Collins and the defensive line could be shuffled. Stay tuned.
is it safe to say this year defense will be more athlectic and explosive than last year defense
Alex Scarborough (12:07 PM)
I think that's a fair assessment, though watching Jesse Williams run a 4.9 second 40-yard dash yesterday made me hesitate. I do, however, believe Alabama will be more dynamic at safety, defensive end and outside linebacker. It may not be a "better" defense, but it may be more explosive in terms of making big plays.
What position will Derrick Henry end up playing?
Alex Scarborough (12:08 PM)
This season, it will be running back. The coaching staff will do as they've done with most freshmen in their first year, allowing them to play the position they want before reassessing things. He may wind up at H-back or even on defense by the time it's all said and done, but for now count on him taking handoffs in 2013.
A lot of trash talking from Ohio State fans. I am sure they could win their mediocre league, but do they have what it takes to live up to the hype? They falter when they get to the big stage.
Alex Scarborough (12:11 PM)
That was before Urban Meyer got to Columbus. While I have serious reservations about their quality of schedule and depth, I do believe they're a serious threat to make the title game. Any time you have a quarterback the quality of Braxton Miller and a coach like Meyer, you're a legitimate contender. ... In other words, let the Buckeye fans have their moment. If you're an SEC fan, it's best to turn the other cheek and focus on the championship run your league is currently on.
How does the Bessent commitment affect Marlon Humphrey's recruitment and chances of committing to the Tide?
Alex Scarborough (12:13 PM)
It won't effect Marlon's recruitment. Alabama is looking for two or three corners and given Humphrey's skill level (he's arguably the best CB in the country) there will be a spot available to him should he decide to commit to the Tide.
Where do you see robert foster fitting in this season?
Alex Scarborough (12:18 PM)
As of now, I'd say he's a strong candidate to receive a redshirt, and it isn't because of a lack of talent on his part. The receiving corps is so stacked at Alabama right now and with him not being in camp this spring, it puts him too far behind some other guys on the depth chart. If a few injuries were to occur he might get back in the mix for playing time but as presently constituted, I don't see why the staff should waste a year of eligibility when Kevin Norwood is gone after this season.
Calloway (Lexington KY)
Do you know the recruit comeing out of kentucky for 2015 season snoup johonson he is being recuited by bama
Alex Scarborough (12:25 PM)
I don't see a player in our database that matches that name or description, sorry.
What's your early prediction for next year and how will the season go?
Alex Scarborough (12:55 PM)
Alabama is in very good position for a repeat appearance in the title game, though there are a few roadblocks to consider. There are question marks on both sides of the ball and the schedule isn't a cake walk. We'll know a lot more about Alabama after the first two games of the season (Va Tech, TAMU), but right now I'd say it's a one- or two-loss team you're looking at.