Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Crimson Countdown: Jabriel Washington
By Alex Scarborough
During the summer, TideNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Alabama roster -- excluding the Tide's 2013 recruiting class -- in our Crimson Countdown series. Starting with No. 1 Dee Hart, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Brandon Ivory.
From No. 1 Dee Hart to No. 99 Brandon Ivory, TideNation is evaluating the Alabama roster numerically. View the entire Crimson Countdown series.
Expectations for 2013: After a redshirt freshman season in which he saw time in eight games, including the national championship against Notre Dame, Washington will be asked to do a little more in his third year on campus. He'll likely be asked to play on special teams in every game and with the cornerback position so thin, he'll have an opportunity to earn snaps late in games when starters Geno Smith and Deion Belue come off the field.
Best-case scenario: The former four-star athlete out of Tennessee has yet to make his mark for the Crimson Tide, but a strong showing in fall camp could change that. With John Fulton questionable from turf toe surgery, Cyrus Jones re-acclimating himself to the position and Bradley Sylve not taking the lead, the race up the depth chart is still up for grabs.
Worst-case scenario: It's only a matter of time, however, before the 2013 class makes its mark. Washington might have room to rise now, but eventually incoming freshmen Maurice Smith, Eddie Jackson and Jonathan Cook will have their say. If even one of the rookies steps up early and shows he can contribute, that could mean an extended stay on the bench for Washington.
Future impact: Don't look for Washington to come out of nowhere and develop into a starter overnight. If he hasn't shown glimpses of that type of skill by now, it's not likely to happen. Not in a demanding system like Alabama's that has constant turnover at nearly every position. But that doesn't mean Washington can't contribute by adding depth on defense and helping out on special teams over the next three seasons.