Alabama football: Isaiah Buggs, Deionte Thompson primed to be future defensive stars

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Following long line of defensive stars

Every year, Alabama loses multiple defensive stars, but more step up the following season. Safety Ronnie Harrison, linebacker Rashaan Evans and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick are among the stars from the 2017 team that are moving on. Alabama is still primed to have new players step in to their roles. Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs showed signs of being stars last season. Safety Deionte Thompson stepped into a big role after Hootie Jones went down and held his own in the College Football Playoff. Our own Marq Burnett broke down the next defensive stars for Alabama.

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Minkah Fitzpatrick pens heartfelt letter

Fitzpatrick became one of Alabama’s most decorated defensive backs in his three years at the school. He won the Jim Thorpe Award, becoming the first Crimson Tide player to do so since Antonio Langham. Fitzpatrick penned a heartfelt letter for The Players’ Tribune, reflecting on his time at Alabama and his future plans.

Offensive depth chart features few newcomers

Wide receivers Henry Ruggs III, DeVonta Smith and Jerry Jeudy flew up the depth chart from the moment they stepped on campus. They acted as explosive options outside of fellow receiver Calvin Ridley. Running back Najee Harris and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa were also able to step in to major roles in their freshman seasons. This year, Alabama failed to land big names such as those five on the offensive side. Alabama’s offensive depth chart will feature very few newcomers.

Alabama running back targets for 2019 class

For the 2017 class, Alabama signed the No. 1 and No. 8 running backs in Harris and Brian Robinson. This year, Alabama signed the No. 12 and No. 14 all-purpose backs. The Crimson Tide depth chart is already crowded, but Alabama failed to land a big-name running back recruit in 2018. The Crimson Tide is already competing to sign a highly rated running back in 2019. Here are some of the prospects it will target.

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