Fowler a "big handful" at H-back

Jalston Fowler has been working with the tight ends and H-backs in addition to the running backs this preseason. With Eddie Lacy back from his turf toe injury, the coaches are coming up with different ways to get Fowler on the field more.

Fall camp is the time to experiment.

Rotating players in and out of different positions and situations gives the coaches ideas of how to be creative once the season starts.

Jalston Fowler seems like he's been moved around more than any other player. The junior, who sat behind Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy at running back last year and rushed for 385 yards on 56 carries and scored four touchdowns, has been working with the tight ends and H-backs quite a bit this preseason.

Fowler is a load in the backfield. At 6-foot-1, 242 lbs., he's a big, physical, hard-to-tackle downhill runner. He was Alabama's No. 1 option this spring with Lacy sitting out with turf toe.

But now that Lacy is back and getting healthier, the coaches are looking at other ways to get Fowler on the field.

Linebacker C.J. Mosley thinks moving Fowler to H-back suits him.

"I'm pretty sure he's gong to be a big handful," he said.

In last Saturday's scrimmage, the Tide's first of the fall, Fowler had seven carries for 34 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 40 yards.

Tight end Michael Williams said he likes Fowler in this new role.

"Fowler fits the mold of a tight end," he said. "He's big, he's strong, he has good blocking skills, he can catch the ball out of the backfield. So Fowler is somebody who can play running back, but when he's not in there [at running back], as good as he is, you don't want him coming off the field, so he can help us at H, too."

Williams said that having a guy like Fowler in there at H-back will help him in short yardage situations.

"When you have an H who can move people off the ball and move them out of the hole, it's great for you as the down tight end," he said.


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