Jalen Hurts breaks two tackles on the play of the night (Photo by Stuart McNair)

Alabama returns leading passer and top five rushers from 2016

Alabama returns over 92 per cent of offensive production for 2017

Following the 2015 national championship season, Alabama lost its Heisman Trophy tailback in Derrick Henry and his top backup Kenyan Drake, and also lost quarterback Jake Coker. As a result, the Crimson Tide returned low percentages of its rushing, passing, and total offense for 2016.

In 2017, Alabama will return its quarterback and all of its top running backs.

As a result, Bama will return players who produced 6,259 of 6,794 yards, 92.1 per cent of the 2016 total, and 55-59 touchdowns, 93.2 per cent from a team that went 14-1, won the Southeastern Conference championship, and finished second in the nation.

Alabama returns its five top rushers, with Damien Harris 146 carries for 1,037 yards and 2 touchdowns; Jalen Hurts with 191 carries for 954 yards and 13 touchdowns; Bo Scarbrough with 125 carries for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns; Josh Jacobs with 85 carries for 567 yardes and 4 touchdowns; and B.J. Emmons (who was lost for the season with a broken foot after the seventh game) with 35 carries for 173 yards and 1 TD.

The returning players rushed 593 times for 3,479 yards and 32 touchdowns.

The Alabama rushing statistics for 2016 also include the team being charged with 9 carries for losses of 35 yards. That includes victory formation kneeldowns and bad center snaps that result in lost yardage, and is not included in the individual numbers.

Five players who will not be returning (assuming wide receiver Rob Foster transfers) accounted for 37 carries for 161 yards and 1 TD.

Thus, Alabama returns:

• 593 of 630 rushes, 94.1 per cent.

• 3,479 of 3,640 rushing yards, 95.6 per cent.

* 32 or 33 rushing touchdowns,  97 per cent.

Jalen Hurts completed 240 of 382 passes for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns. Three other passers (Blake Barnett (11-19 for 219 and 2 TDs, Cooper Bateman (12-14 for 119 yards and 1 TD, and ArDarius Stewart 2-2 for 36 yards) accounted for 25 completions in 35 attempts for 374 yards and 3 touchdown.

Thus, Hurts accounted for:

  240 of 265 completions, 90.2 per cent.

• 2,780 of 3,154 yards, 88.1 per cent.

• 23 of 26 touchdowns, 88.5 per cent.

The receiving percentages are not as impressive with Bama losing 6 players who caught passes, including three of the top four receivers (ArDarius Stewart 54 for 864 yards and 8 touchdowns, O.J. Howard 45-595-3, Gehrig Dieter 15-214-4). The 6 departing caught 121 passes for 1,733 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The returning players were led by Calvin Ridley, who had 72 receptions for 769 yards and 7 TDs. All returning receivers had 144  catches for 1,421 yards and 11 TDs.

Returning receivers had:

144 of 265 receptions, 54.3 per cent.

1,421 of 3,154 yards, 45.1 per cent.

11-26 touchdowns, 42.3 per cent.

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