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Alabama Football's Returning Starters for 2020 Season Make for Intriguing Reload

By David Hayes
Alabama Crimson Tide returning starting RB Najee Harris is one of many weapons coming back to Tuscaloosa for the 2020 season.
Alabama Crimson Tide returning starting RB Najee Harris is one of many weapons coming back to Tuscaloosa for the 2020 season. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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Despite missing the College Football Playoff for the first time in program history, the Alabama Crimson Tide had a wonderful 2019 season by nearly every program's standards but its own. The Tide finished 11-2 with a New Year's Six Bowl annihilation victory over the Michigan Wolverines.

However, as is the norm in a talent factory like Tuscaloosa, the biggest annual concern seems to be how much NFL talent is lost to the draft. This year, Alabama saw four of its 2019 season starters taken in the first round alone, while a total of nine Tide players made the leap to the next level.

That's not to say the Tide are looking at a rebuild in 2020 though, especially with key offensive providers such as Najee Harris, Devonta Smith and Alex Leatherwood all coming back for another year in T-Town. Keeping that in mind, here

Alabama Returning Starters 2020

Offense (7)

Key Returning Starters
- RB: Najee Harris
- WR: Devonta Smith
- OT: Alex Leatherwood
- OL: Evan Neal

Defense (5)

Key Returning Starters
- LB: Dylan Moses
- LB: Josh McMillon
- CB: Patrick Surtain II

Total: 12/22

Overall, the Crimson Tide's 12 returning starters between both sides of the ball have them tied with the Florida Gators for the fifth-fewest among all SEC programs heading into the 2020 season.


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