ESPN’s Chris Low was in Tuscaloosa and posted this profile of Alabama’s John Parker Wilson.
Alabama fans aren’t going to quibble about the premise that Alabama needs a big season from Wilson to improve on last year’s mediocre record. But is it possible?
Here’s the bad about Wilson:
When Alabama tanked last season, so did Wilson. He threw six of his 12 interceptions during the Crimson Tide’s four-game losing streak. He had two against Mississippi State, one of those returned 100 yards for a touchdown and another that set up the Bulldogs’ final touchdown.
Against LSU, with the score tied at 34, he was sacked on a safety blitz and coughed up a fumble at the Tide’s 3-yard line with 1:39 left. The Tigers punched it in a few plays later to escape in Tuscaloosa.
And here is the good:
“It’s just the way the offense is built,” Wilson said. “Teams aren’t going to be able to do what they did last year when they put a corner on DJ (Hall) and a safety on top of him. They’d shift the whole defense to him and say, ‘Good luck with everybody else.’ I don’t think teams are going to be able to do that this year. We’ll still have a big-play guy, but if they do that to him in this offense, they’ll be very vulnerable.”
The other thing that’s different, according to Wilson, is the team chemistry, and he said the freshmen have actually helped.
There are several quotes and interesting notes in the article. Worth checking out.