TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama's best players can't be found anywhere near the top of the Southeastern Conference in rushing, receiving, tackles or sacks.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide is spreading the wealth widely so far, building depth and getting youngsters valuable experience in case they're really needed down the line. The starters consequently are getting plenty of relief but not huge numbers.
"We probably have a team that doesn't have as many defined stars as we've had in the past, and of course you all (media) define them," coach Nick Saban said on Monday. "So that's not my doing. I think that we have a lot of guys that have had a lot of opportunity to play, which is a good thing."
Alabama (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) can afford such luxuries because the team has breezed to four consecutive blowouts. Saban has been able to substitute heavily, getting 11 freshmen and 11 redshirt freshmen into games.
The result is leading rusher freshman T.J. Yeldon is 15th in the SEC. To...