TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Redshirt freshman Brent Calloway turned in his biggest game of the year with 52 rushing yards. He also had three tackles as part of Alabama’s kick coverage teams.
It marked his first extended action at running back. He switched to the position from H-back at midseason when backup Dee Hart injured his knee.
“There are some things that Brent does well as a running back,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “He has worked hard. He is a really good special teams guy for us — when he makes good decisions. I call it executive function do you make good choices and decisions about what you do – like penalties and stuff like that. I think he has gotten better at that and actually made some good plays today on special teams.”
But Saban still thinks Calloway would be better at his original position.
“We wanted to play Brent at H-back, which we thought he was really good at, which is kind of where (former Tide star) Brad Smelley played,” he said. “I think the experience at running back is probably beneficial to his future, but we will see where that takes us when we get some other running backs in here. If he can compete in that position, we are happy with him to do it. I really feel that with his size and skill set, he has really good hands and good speed that he could be a good H-back for us.”