Alabama football is preparing for a crucial 2023 season. The Crimson Tide has new coordinators on both offense and defense and will have to reload at numerous key positions on both sides of the ball. Running back Jase McClellan is looking to step up in a big way.
One of the most important players to leave the program for the draft was running back Jahmyr Gibbs. The first-round running back will be replaced by senior Jase McClellan.
In 2021, McClellan’s season was cut short due to an injury. In 2022, he served as RB2 behind Gibbs, who transferred in from Georgia Tech for the lone season.
Despite serving as a backup, McClellan put up respectable numbers. On 112 carries, he had 655 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 174 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.
Earlier this week, Patrick Conn of College Sports Wire ranked all projected SEC starting running backs. McClellan ranked No. 5 out of 14.
Now, Conn ranked the top 25 projected starting running backs in all of college football. McClellan falls to No. 20 on the list.
“Despite the fact that Alabama had Jahmyr Gibbs in the backfield last season, McClellan was still really productive in a reserve role,” writes Conn. “This year it should be McClellan who is playing the lead back ahead of Roydell Williams, Jam Miller, and Justice Haynes. However, watch for Haynes to move up the depth chart.”
There is a ton of uncertainty looming over the Crimson Tide offense ahead of the 2023 season. There are questions as to who the quarterback will be, whether the wide receivers can step up, and if the offensive line will be able to hold its own against the tough SEC defensive fronts. However, the one already-known aspect of Alabama’s offense is McClellan.
He will be looked to as the veteran leader of the offense and leaned on heavily as a factor in allowing to offense to spread out.
There are still a few months remaining in the 2023 offseason for new offensive coordinator Tommy Rees and head coach Nick Saban to put all of the pieces together.
Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow Alabama football as the regular season approaches.