Michigan will be playing Alabama in the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2020. Instead of squeezing the game preview into one giant post, I’ll be breaking it up into several. Here’s an easy place to start: a look at Alabama’s roster.
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Since Alabama typically has one of the top couple recruiting classes, of course Michigan whiffed on a bunch of their players as recruits:
- QB: Taulia Tagovailoa, Paul Tyson
- RB: Najee Harris, Keilan Robinson
- WR: Jerry Jeudy, John Metchie III, Tyrell Shavers, Xavier Williams
- TE: Jahleel Billingsley, Miller Forristall, Major Tennison
- OL: Tommy Brown, Landon Dickerson, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Amari Kight, Alex Leatherwood, Evan Neal, Chris Owens, Pierce Quick, Jedrick Wills
- DL: Labryan Ray, Ishmael Sopsher, Stephon Wynn
- LB: Chris Allen, Markail Benton, Ben Davis, Kevin Harris II, Sean Lee, Terrell Lewis, Josh McMillon, Dylan Moses, Jarez Parks
- DB: Marcus Banks, Jordan Battle, Shyheim Carter, Trevon Diggs, Josh Jobe, Jared Mayden, Xavier McKinney, Patrick Surtain Jr., Daniel Wright
Backup offensive guard Emily Ekiyor, Jr. was committed to Michigan at one point (LINK).
Running back Najee Harris was, according to some, a silent commit to Michigan. He was part of a heated recruiting battle in which nobody really knew what program he was committing to until he flew to Alabama after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Alabama has zero players from the state of Michigan.
Michigan has one player from Alabama in wide receiver Nico Collins. A second, safety J’Marick Woods, is transferring out of Michigan.
Two Alabama coaches used to be Big Ten head coaches: head coach Nick Saban (MSU) and offensive line coach Kyle Flood (Rutgers). Nick Saban is 3-3 as a head coach against Michigan (2-3 at MSU, 1-0 at Alabama), while Flood was 1-1 against the Wolverines.
Jim Harbaugh has never faced Alabama, either as a player or coach.
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