Every other week, TideNation writers Alex Scarborough and Greg Ostendorf will answer three questions that address a pressing topic regarding the Alabama football program. And with every Roundtable, we'll seek out the opinions of a guest. This week's contributor is ESPN SEC blogger Edward Aschoff, as we tackle the issue of replacing former UA running back Trent Richardson.
1. Are you concerned about a drop off in production from last year's running game that featured Heisman Trophy finalist Trent Richardson?
Alex Scarborough: The issue is replacing production, not the man, and there are too many talented backs on the depth chart to not believe they're capable of matching what Trent Richardson did in 2011. Eddie Lacy has shown his explosiveness carrying the rock and is adept enough in the passing game to make a contribution there as well. Jalston Fowler could creep up on defenses and wear them down in the fourth quarter, as he did in 2011. The 242-pound back is a bruiser with surprising athleticism. He and Lacy were in the top three in yards per carry last year in the SEC. Throw in Dee Hartand T.J. Yeldon, and you've got a pretty good hand of poker. Beyond the obvious depth at tailback, the biggest key will be the offensive line. With five experienced linemen returning, there should be running lanes aplenty when the Tide decide to push the pile.