Incoming Auburn football running back transfer Brian Battie has been deemed a game-breaking type, but that game-breaking may have to come via special teams or in segments as the third option in the RB room; with incumbent backup Damari Alston predicted to be the team’s primary producer out of the backfield behind Jarquez Hunter by the entire Auburn Daily staff.
Zac Blackerby picked Alston, though he “wouldn’t be shocked if it ended up Ashford.” Lindsay Crosby believes Alston’s “just too good of a player to not get the ball in his hands 10-15 times a game.” Jack Singley believes Battie’s offseason surgery will keep him behind.
“Battie coming off of a foot surgery won’t be as used as expected,” Singley prefaced before saying, “After an explosive camp Alston easily gets the 2nd place trophy.”
Damari Alston has taken a recruiting leadership role for Auburn football
On August 14, Alston spoke out on how Auburn football getting top recruits will depend on getting an extra recruiting boost from players like himself.
“Ever since I was a recruit it’s just the way I live,” Alston said. “In order for us to get where we want to be which is winning SEC championships, winning National Championships, we have to get the top recruits in the nation. We’re in a good spot right now so we just got to keep it going.”
It all starts at the top though, and Alston acknowledged that star running back recruiter and Tigers RB coach Carnell “Cadillac” Williams sets the tone.
“I feel like we all connect in different ways,” Alston prefaced before saying, “It starts with Coach ‘Lac (Cadillac Williams) though. Coach Lac is a funny dude in the meetings. He makes it fun. Everybody gets comfortable with him.”
Sounds like that ever-elusive Plains alignment has been achieved in the RB room at the very least.