News out of Tuscaloosa today has Alabama senior runningback Demetrius Goode transferring from the Capstone for his final year of eligibility.
To some, the news means the mean ole Nick Saban is at it again. To others, it means a player doesn’t want to work harder to make his way into the mix this fall. But to me, it just proves how freakishly good the Alabama Crimson Tide is right now.
One look at Goode and you see a specimen that could and would be in the rotation at almost every other SEC school. The roster lists him at 5’10”, 205 lbs.
Heck, he’d get 20 carries a game at Tennessee.
Every time I’ve seen him touch the ball the dude runs hard, punishing would be tacklers in his way. He’s strong, not a burner but fast, and looks the part of a producer in the backfield.
In the days of Ken Darby, Ali Sharrief, Jimmy Johns, Aaron Johns and the early Roy Upchurch and Glen Coffees, Demetrius Goode would have found himself in the top two. Heck, as much as I liked Shaud Williams, I’d even say at worst Goode would’ve shared carries with him.
But today is a different day, and at Alabama 2011, Goode can’t even break the rotation.
That’s not a discredit to Goode, who will find a home at North Alabama playing for Terry Bowden, the Roly Poly Oly not above scooping up everyone else’s sloppy seconds.
It’s simply a testimony to how good Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy and Dee Hart are. Not to mention Corey Grant, Jalston Fowler and the ever evolving, revolving Blake Sims.
And though these players wouldn’t directly compete with Goode for time, it also speaks highly of what is now expected from the Tide’s backs…Barry Sanders, Jr., Jovon Robinson and others being in the Tide’s crosshairs tells the tale of the path Bama continues to blaze.
Folks, case in point, Bama is L-O-A-D-E-D. Goode did what was best for him, and more power to the young man. In a classy move, he is quoted as saying:
“I have learned many things and matured in many ways but everyday brings about change. Sometimes you have to move on to do better in life. I will be moving to North Alabama for football. RTR forever in my heart, the champion Tide, the fans that I will always love and never forget. I thank ya’ll for the support: ROLL TIDE ROLL. For life.”
But Goode simply saw what the Tide’s opponents will experience first-hand in a few months. And as those opponents will agree this fall, the last place Demetrius Goode wanted to find himself was in the way.