What if eight isn't enough?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban rebuffed the reporter's question, agitated by the assumption that he was "stacked" at running back. It wasn't the thought that he had too many ball carriers on the roster that upset the seventh-year coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He was annoyed with what he seemed to take as a lack of understanding of the depth chart.

Alabama started the day with four viable running backs: a 1,000-yard rusher in freshman T.J. Yeldon, a promising rookie in Kenyan Drake, and two potential contributors in junior Jalston Fowler and redshirt freshman Dee Hart. Which begged the question: Why on earth was Saban accepting the letters of intent of four more tailbacks on signing day?

"I don't really see how we have a stacked group of running backs," Saban snapped. "We have one guy coming back that rushed for a 1,000 yards. We have another guy that carried the ball a few times as a freshman, and two guys that got hurt that may or may not be able to come back and play that position very well.