Brodie Croyle was one of college football's premier quarterbacks last fall, yet Alabama still…
SEC 2006: Questions at Bama
Mike Shula is in his fourth season as Alabama head football coach, but the former Crimson Tide quarterback does not yet have a full stable of football horses. That relates primarily to NCAA sanctions that stripped Bama of 21 scholarships and left the Crimson Tide thin at a number of positions. While Alabama will be near the 85 limit in scholarshipped players this season, nearly 75 per cent will be sophomores or younger. Additionally, a succession of short-term coaches since Gene Stallings was winning at a 81 per cent clip in the 1990s had the program in disarray. Shula and staff–particularly Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines–cobbled a representative team in 2005, but most of the key performers from that squad have departed. There are not so many gone on offense, but one is the man who took every meaningful snap at quarterback, Brodie Croyle. On defense, there are seven starters gone, including the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, DeMeco Ryans. On the plus side from...
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