TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football has a manageable schedule for the 2017 season that features some of college football’s best talents.
Here’s a look at top individual players Alabama football will face this season.
Derwin James, S, Florida State
Derwin James is one of the top defensive backs and arguably one of the top players in the country.
James missed most of last season with a knee injury, but as a true freshman in 2015 he made 91 tackles and 4.5 sacks for the Seminoles.
NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks called James a mix of former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster and former LSU safety Jamal Adams. Both those players went in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Crimson Tide offense will want to know where McFadden is at all times.
Alabama and Florida State play Sept. 2 in Atlanta.
Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
Florida State has another top player in its secondary. Tarvarus McFadden led the ACC and finished tied for No. 1 in the nation with 8 interceptions.
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts must be careful when throwing at McFadden in the season opener.
Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
Deondre Francois showed a lot of toughness last season because he took an absolute beating at times behind Florida State’s offensive line. Heading into his second year as the starter, Francois should improve.
Francois threw for 3,350 yards and 20 touchdowns to 7 interceptions last season.
This is going to be a tough challenge for Alabama’s defense right out of the gate.
Arden Key, OLB/DE ,LSU
Arden Key took a leave of absence earlier this spring, but LSU coach Ed Orgeron expects him to be back with the team.
If so, Key is one of the top defenders in the SEC and all of college football. Key finished second in the SEC with 12 sacks last season.
LSU visits Alabama on Nov. 4.
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
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