2020 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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The 2020 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season marked the Crimson Tide's 126th overall season, 87th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and 29th within the SEC Western Division. They played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, and were led by 14th-year head coach Nick Saban (with second-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian serving as acting coach for Game 8 due to COVID-19 protocols).

They finished the season undefeated with a record of 13–0 (10–0 in the SEC) and as national champions. Looking to build on the successes of the 2019 campaign, Alabama entered the 2020 season as the favorite to win the Western Division and meet the Florida Gators in the 2020 SEC Championship Game. Alabama closed the regular season with a 11–0 record including five wins against Top 25-ranked teams—and met the Gators for the SEC Championship in a rematch of the 2016 contest. Alabama was victorious by a final score of 52–46 to captured their 9th SEC championship title. The following day, final College Football Playoff (CFP) standings were unveiled. No. 1 ranked Alabama would meet No. 4 ranked Notre Dame for the Rose Bowl game in a rematch of the 2013 contest, defeated the Fighting Irish 31–14 to meet No. 3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in a rematch of their 2015 contest. In the College Football Playoff National Championship, the Crimson Tide defeated the Buckeyes, 52–24, to capture their third CFP National Championship title in seven years. The victory over Ohio State gave Alabama their 18th national championship in football (their eighth wire service title since the AP Poll began in 1936) and their tenth perfect season since 1925.

The season marked the first time a wide receiver at Alabama won the Heisman Trophy, as DeVonta Smith won the award over several finalists including Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence. In addition to the Heisman, Smith won numerous other awards, including the Maxwell Award and the Biletnikoff Award. Other award winners included quarterback Mac Jones (Davey O’Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award), running back Najee Harris (Doak Walker Award), Alex Leatherwood (Outland Trophy), Landon Dickerson (Rimington Trophy), the offensive line (Joe Moore Award), and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian (Broyles Award). Six players were named to various All-America Teams with Patrick Surtain II, DeVonta Smith, Alex Leatherwood, Landon Dickerson, and Najee Harris as unanimous selections and Mac Jones as a consensus selection.

The team finished the 2020 season with a final ranking of No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches' Polls.


Coaching staff

Name Position Consecutive season at
Alabama in current position
Nick Saban Head coach 14th
Steve Sarkisian Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach 2nd
Charles Huff Associate head coach/Running backs coach 2nd
Jeff Banks Special teams coordinator/Tight end coach 3rd
Pete Golding Defensive coordinator/Inside linebackers coach 3rd
Charles Kelly Associate Defensive Coordinator/Safeties coach 2nd
Karl Scott Cornerbacks coach 3rd
Kyle Flood Offensive line coach 2nd
Holmon Wiggins Wide receivers coach 2nd
Sal Sunseri Outside linebackers coach 2nd
Freddie Roach Defensive line coach 1st
David Ballou Strength and conditioning 1st
Graduate assistants
Analysts

Roster

2020 Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Quarterback

  • 7 – Braxton Barker – Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 202)
  • 9 – Bryce YoungFreshman (6'0, 190)
  • 10 – Mac JonesRedshirt Junior (6'2, 205)
  • 12 – Logan Burnett – Senior (6'2, 200)
  • 15 – Paul Tyson – Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 220)
  • 16 – Jayden George – Sophomore (6'3, 192)
  • 19 – Stone Hollenbach – Sophomore (6'3, 208)

Running Back

  • 2 – Keilan Robinson – Sophomore (5'9, 184)
  • 4 – Brian Robinson Jr.Senior (6'1, 226)
  • 21 – Jase McClellan – Freshman (5'11, 200)
  • 22 – Najee HarrisSenior (6'3, 230)
  • 23 – Roydell Williams – Freshman (5'10, 207)
  • 26 – Trey Sanders – Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 214)
  • 27 – Kyle Edwards – Freshman (6'0, 210)
  • 35 – Connor Bishop – Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 195)

Wide Receiver

  • 3 – Xavier Williams – Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 195)
  • 5 – Javon Baker – Freshman (6'1, 183)
  • 6 – DeVonta SmithSenior (6'1, 175)
  • 8 – John Metchie IIISophomore (6'0, 195)
  • 11 – Traeshon Holden – Freshman (6'3, 196)
  • 14 – Thaiu Jones-Bell – Freshman (6'0, 190)
  • 17 – Jaylen WaddleJunior (5'10, 182)
  • 18 – Slade BoldenRedshirt Sophomore (5'11, 191)
  • 25 – Jonathan Bennett – Freshman (5'8, 178)
  • 31 – Shatarius Williams – Freshman (6'3, 187)
  • 32 – C.J. Williams – Freshman (5'10, 159)
  • 36 – Bret Bolin – Redshirt Junior (6'0, 176)
  • 42 – Sam Reed – Sophomore (6'1, 165)
  • 84 – Joshua Lanier – Redshirt Senior (5'11, 160)
  • 85 – Drew Kobayashi – Redshirt Senior (6'2, 200)
  • 89 – Grant Krieger – Sophomore (6'2, 192)

Placekicker

  • 16 – Will Reichard – Sophomore (6'1, 180)
  • 82 – Chase Allen – Freshman (6'2, 188)
  • 93 – Tripp Slyman – Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 180)
  • 97 – Joseph BulovasRedshirt Junior (6'0, 203)

Punter

  • 12 – Skyler DeLong – Junior (6'4, 188)
  • 85 – Charlie Scott – Senior (6'1, 195)
  • 95 – Jack Martin – Sophomore (6'0, 206)
  • 98 – Sam Johnson – Freshman (6'3, 215)
  • 99 – Ty Perine – Sophomore (6'1, 190) (PK)
 

Tight End

  • 19 – Jahleel Billingsley – Sophomore (6'4, 228)
  • 46 – Melvin Billingsley – Junior (6'3, 230)
  • 60 – Kendall Randolph – Redshirt Junior (6'4, 296) (OL+)
  • 80 – Michael Parker – Redshirt Sophomore (6'6, 216)
  • 81 – Cameron Latu – Redshirt Sophomore (6'5", 247)
  • 82 – Richard Hunt – Redshirt Freshman (6'7, 235)
  • 86 – Carl Tucker – Senior (6'2, 248)
  • 87 – Miller Forristall – Redshirt Senior (6'5, 242)
  • 88 – Major Tennison – Redshirt Junior (6'5, 248)

Offensive Lineman

  • 51 – Tanner Bowles – Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 280)
  • 55 – Emil Ekiyor – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 327)
  • 56 – Seth McLaughlin – Freshman (6'4, 278)
  • 57 – Javion Cohen – Freshman (6'5, 296)
  • 62 – Jackson Roby – Junior (6'5", 285)
  • 65 – Deonte Brown – Redshirt Senior (6'4, 338)
  • 66 – Brandon Cade – Freshman (6'2, 264)
  • 67 – Donovan Hardin – Freshman (6'3, 285)
  • 68 – Alajujuan Sparks Jr. – Freshman (6'4, 385)
  • 69 – Landon DickersonRedshirt Senior (6'3, 325)
  • 70 – Alex LeatherwoodSenior (6'6, 310)
  • 71 – Darrian Dalcourt – Sophomore (6'3, 299)
  • 72 – Pierce Quick – Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 291)
  • 73 – Evan NealSophomore (6'7, 360)
  • 74 – Damien George – Freshman (6'7, 345)
  • 75 – Tommy Brown – Redshirt Sophomore (6'7, 317)
  • 78 – Amari Kight – Redshirt Freshman (6'7, 302)
  • 79 – Chris Owens – Redshirt Senior (6'3, 315)

Defensive Lineman

  • 18 – LaBryan RayRedshirt Junior (6'5, 292)
  • 47 – Byron Young – Sophomore (6'3, 295)
  • 48 – Phidarian Mathis – Redshirt Junior (6'4, 312)
  • 50 – Timothy Smith – Freshman (6'4, 315)
  • 52 – Braylen Ingraham – Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 291)
  • 58 – Christian BarmoreRedshirt Sophomore (6'5, 310)
  • 89 – Kyle Mann – Freshman (6'0, 270)
  • 90 – Stephon Wynn Jr. – Redshirt Sophomore (6'4, 311)
  • 89 – Gavin Reeder – Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 270)
  • 92 – Justin Egboigbe – Sophomore (6'5, 294)
  • 93 – Jah-Marien Latham – Freshman (6'3, 290)
  • 94 – DJ Dale – Sophomore (6'4, 308)
  • 96 – Landon Bothwell – Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 220)
  • 97 – LT Ikner – Junior (6'4, 261)
  • 98 – Jamil Burroughs – Freshman (6'3, 320)
 

Linebacker

  • 1 – Ben Davis – Redshirt Senior (6'4, 243)
  • 4 – Christopher Allen – Redshirt Junior (6'5, 250)
  • 8 – Christian HarrisSophomore (6'2, 244)
  • 10 – Ale Kaho – Junior (6'1", 228)
  • 16 – Drew Sanders – Freshman (6'5, 230)
  • 23 – Jarez Parks – Redshirt Sophomore (6'4, 239)
  • 24 - Clark Griffin – Freshman (5'9, 195)
  • 30 – King Mwikuta – Sophomore (6'5, 243)
  • 31 – Will Anderson Jr.Freshman (6'4, 220)
  • 32 – Dylan MosesSenior (6'3, 235)
  • 33 – Jackson Bratton – Freshman (6'3, 233)
  • 34 – Quandarris Robinson – Freshman (6'5, 217)
  • 35 – Shane Lee – Sophomore (6'0, 246)
  • 37 – Demouy Kennedy – Freshman (6'3, 215)
  • 40 – Joshua McMillon – Graduate (6'3, 237)
  • 41 – Chris Braswell – Freshman (6'3, 220)
  • 42 – Jaylen Moody – Junior (6'2, 228)
  • 43 – Jordan Smith – Freshman (5'10, 210)
  • 49 – Julian Lowenstein – Sophomore (6'1, 201)
  • 51 – Robert Ellis – Freshman (6'0", 220)
  • 53 – Matthew Barnhill – Sophomore (6'4, 311)
  • 54 – Kyle Flood Jr. – Freshman (6'0, 209)
  • 56 – Charlie Skehan – Freshman (6'1, 232)
  • 57 – Joe McDonald – Redshirt Senior (6'3, 216)

Defensive Back

  • 2 – Patrick Surtain IIJunior (6'2, 203)
  • 3 – Daniel Wright – Redshirt Junior (6'1, 190)
  • 5 – Jalyn Armour-Davis – Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 182)
  • 7 – Brandon Turnage – Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 185)
  • 9 – Jordan BattleSophomore (6'1, 201)
  • 11 – Kristian Story – Freshman (6'2, 198)
  • 13 – Malachi MooreFreshman (6'0, 175)
  • 14 – Brian Branch – Freshman (6'1, 178)
  • 15 – Eddie Smith – Junior (6'0, 196)
  • 20 – D.J. Douglas – Sophomore (6'0, 202)
  • 21 - Jahquez Robinson – Freshman (6'2, 185)
  • 22 - Ronald Williams – Junior (6'2, 188)
  • 25 – Jacobi McBride- Freshman (6'1, 143)
  • 26 – Marcus Banks- Sophomore (6'0, 170)
  • 27 – Joshua Robinson – Redshirt Junior (5'9, 180)
  • 28 – Josh JobeJunior (6'1, 189)
  • 29 – DeMarco Hellams – Sophomore (6'1, 213)
  • 37 – Sam Willoughby - Freshman (5'10, 165)
  • 38 – Jalen Edwards – Sophomore (6'0, 177)
  • 41 – Carson Ware – Sophomore (6'1, 190)
  • 43 – Christian Swann – Senior (5'9, 179)

Long Snappers

  • 45 – Thomas Fletcher – Senior (6'2, 220)
  • 50 – Gabe Pugh – Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 273)
  • 59 – Jake Hall – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 194)
  • 61 – Nathan Jones – Sophomore (5'10, 176)

Source and player details, 2020 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Commits (01/15/2020)

Schedule

Spring game

The Crimson Tide were scheduled to hold spring practices in March and April 2020 with the Alabama football spring game, "A-Day" to take place in Tuscaloosa on April 18. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the events were canceled.

Regular season

Alabama originally announced its 2020 football schedule on August 7, 2019. The planned schedule consisted of 7 home games, 4 away games, and 1 neutral site game for the regular season.

The COVID-19 pandemic upended this schedule. On July 30, the SEC announced that its non-conference games would be canceled and its teams would play a schedule of ten conference games. This eliminated the Crimson Tide's scheduled non-conference games against Georgia State, Kent State, USC and UT Martin.[20] Per the new schedule, Alabama was set to host five SEC conference opponents: Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State (rivalry), Texas A&M, and arch-rival Auburn for the 85th Iron Bowl to close out the regular season on the road. Alabama was to travel to five SEC opponents: Arkansas, Ole Miss (rivalry), Missouri, Tennessee (Third Saturday of October) and rival LSU (rivalry) to close out the SEC regular season on the road. Alabama was not scheduled to play SEC East opponents Florida, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt in the 2020 regular season.[21] The Crimson Tide's bye week was scheduled during Week 7 (on November 7).

Awards and honors

DeVonta Smith

  • Heisman Trophy
  • Maxwell Award
  • Walter Camp Award
  • Fred Biletnikoff Award
  • Paul Hornung Award
  • Associated Press College Football Player of the Year
  • Sporting News College Football Player of the Year
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Year

Mac Jones

  • Davey O’Brien Award
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Najee Harris

  • Doak Walker Award

Alex Leatherwood

  • Outland Trophy
  • Jacobs Blocking Trophy

Landon Dickerson

  • Rimington Trophy
  • Jacobs Blocking Trophy

Thomas Fletcher

  • Patrick Mannelly Award

Patrick Surtain II

  • SEC Defensive Player of the Year

Offensive Line

  • Joe Moore Award

All Americans

Unanimous Selection

  • Najee Harris (AFCA, AP, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, TSN, WCFF)
  • DeVonta Smith (AFCA, AP, Athletic, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, TSN, USAT, WCFF)
  • Landon Dickerson (AFCA, AP, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, TSN, WCFF)
  • Alex Leatherwood (AFCA, AP, Athletic, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, TSN, USAT, WCFF)
  • Patrick Surtain II (AFCA, AP, Athletic, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, TSN, USAT, WCFF)

Consensus Selection

  • Mac Jones (AFCA, AP, Athletic, ESPN, TSN, USAT, WCFF)

Other Selections

  • Will Reichard (CBS)
  • Thomas Fletcher (Phil Steele)


All-SEC

First Team

QB- Mac Jones

RB- Najee Harris

WR- DeVonta Smith

C- Landon Dickerson

OL- Alex Leatherwood

DT- Christian Barmore

CB- Patrick Surtain II

Second Team

OL- Deonte Brown (AP: 2, Coaches: 1)

LB- Dylan Moses (Coaches: 1)

LB- Christopher Allen (Coaches: 2)

LB- Willie Anderson, Jr. (AP: 2)

DB- Malachi Moore

KR- Jaylen Waddle (Coaches: 2)

References