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Looking back at Alabama's 2013 signing class

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Alabama's 2013 signing class has already produced three SEC titles, a national championship and a Heisman Trophy winner while compiling a 51-5 record in four years. Here is a look back at the Crimson Tide's 25 signees from the class of 2013, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Six will be starting against Clemson tonight with another out with an injury. Three others remain as backups, but a remarkable 15 are no longer with the program. Two left for the 2016 NFL Draft, including Heisman winner Derrick Henry, while the other 13 either transferred, were dismissed, graduated after signing as a junior college player or left the team with a medical issue.



Howard has been a controversial figure in Tuscaloosa, mainly because of his lack of inclusion in the offense. The former five-star has shown flashes of tremendous ability, with his biggest performance coming in last year’s title game when he caught five passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns.

Allen has been a superstar for the Tide and he surprised many when he returned for his senior year. But the gamble was worth it as he looks to be one of the first players selected in this year’s NFL Draft.

Foster’s career got off to a slow start due to the talent in front of him, but he blossomed over the past two season and capped off this year by winning the Butkus Award, the highest honor for a college linebacker.

After helping the Tide to a title last year, Robinson elected to leave early for the NFL, where he was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2016 draft. He was a consensus All-American in 2015 while at Alabama.


Despite having one of the best names in the history of college football, Liner’s time in Tuscaloosa didn’t amount to much. He recorded three tackles in two seasons before transferring to Arkansas State, where he just finished his junior season.

Jones never played at Alabama before being dismissed from the program for off-the-field issues. He transferred to junior college and was expected to sign with South Carolina in 2016, but failed to qualify academically.

Tenpenny saw spot playing time in 2013 and 2014 but elected to transfer to UNLV after falling down the Tide’s crowded depth chart. After being dismissed from the Rebels after just two months, he transferred to FCS program Nicholls State but never played before dying in a tragic car accident.

Stewart redshirted in 2013 but has steadily developed into an offensive weapon for the Tide. He’s having the best season of his college career this year, with 888 yards from scrimmage to go with eight touchdowns heading into the title game.

Hill saw spot duty in his first two years on campus before undisclosed medical issues ended his career with the Tide.

Henry waited for his shot in Tuscaloosa but broke out as a sophomore in 2014 before rushing for 2,200 yards and winning the Heisman Trophy in 2015. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Foster has struggled through three injury-riddled seasons with the Tide. He has five catches for 55 yards this season.

Kamara redshirted his first year in Alabama before electing to transfer to junior college. He later played two seasons for Tennessee, including this past season when he scored 13 total touchdowns. He recently declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Despite playing three years as mostly a reserve for the Tide, Smith graduated early and elected to transfer to Georgia, where he played this season. Smith was one of the Bulldogs' top players and finished the year with 50 tackles and two interceptions.

Williams is another Alabama player who has blossomed during the latter half of his career. In 2015 he starred as a pass rush specialist, recording 9.5 sacks. This year he has nine sacks and 16 tackles for loss.

Despite seeing action in more than 20 games during his Alabama career, Falkins has yet to record a catch.

Bateman has played in 11 games over the past two seasons, primarily in mop up duty. He’s expected to transfer once the Tide's season ends.

The four-star prospect was medically disqualified upon arriving at Alabama and never played for the Tide.


An Alabama legacy who also had two brothers play for the Crimson Tide before him, Jones spent three seasons on the team before leaving the program in 2016. He recorded one career tackle.

Cook played in three games before being dismissed from Alabama without recording a statistic. He transferred to junior college and then to Memphis, where he logged 88 tackles this season.

Hill never played at Alabama before transferring to junior college and then signing with UAB.

No one in Alabama's 2013 class outplayed their ranking more than Jackson, who came in as a three-star wide receiver. He played defense for the Tide, with his career peaking in 2015 when he had six interceptions. He was a vital part of Alabama’s team this season before suffering a season-ending injury late in the year.

McLeod never played at Alabama and left the team to walk on at Georgia.

A junior college transfer, Brown worked his way into the starting lineup by his senior season in 2014.

Mazza is the Tide’s primary long-snapper and has been for the past three seasons.

It took him two years to get on the field but Averett has turned into quite the contributor for the Tide. After playing in just two games last season, he has played in all 14 this season and has 43 tackles as a starting cornerback.