The Alabama Crimson Tide once again have their sights set on the College Football Playoff, and these next four first-year recruits could play a huge role in securing the program's second-straight berth in the new Big Dance. Here's our list of 4 Alabama Football Freshmen Who Must Step Up In 2015.
S Ronnie Harrison
Losing Landon Collins is a huge blow for what has been a shaky secondary recently otherwise, and Harrison's going to get a very long look as Nick Saban tries to put together the group with the best chance to produce and produce efficiently. Expect Harrison to play a pivotal part in the team's defensive backfield gameplans in 2015.
OG Lester Cotton
Alabama lost both of its starting offensive guards this past offseason, and Cotton, who is a Tuscaloosa native, looks primed to start right away in one of those vacant slots. For whoever wins the quarterback job this summer, they'll likely have a lot of stock in whether or not Cotton can acclimate to the next level quickly.
RB Damien Harris
Provided Kenyan Drake needs time to fully rehabb his leg injury, Harris will have a chance to work as the team's number two running back almost immediately. If so, Harris' size/speed package could be a very nice change of pace for Derrick Henry's downhill running.
WR Calvin Ridley
Ridley's not going to approximate Amari Cooper now or perhaps ever, but the five-star recruit is going to be given every shot to take over a starting spot come Game 1. If he can, expect him to be one of, if not the most productive wideout on the Alabama side this year.
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