Alabama running back Trey Sanders enters the NCAA transfer portal

Alabama running back Trey Sanders entered the NCAA transfer portal TuesdayBamaOnLine confirmed, becoming the third Crimson Tide player to transfer during the 2022 season.

A redshirt junior, Sanders is listed as a graduate transfer.

Sanders has appeared in nine games for Alabama this season and 26 throughout his career. This fall, he has been the Tides fourth running back behind Jahmyr Gibbs, Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams and has rushed for 80 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. He has rushed for 528 yards and three scores on 116 attempts over the 2020-22 campaign at UA.

Sanders‘ time in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was affected by injuries, first missing the entire 2019 season and then suffering a hip injury during a car accident that cut his 2020 season short. He bounced back in 2021 and served as Brian Robinson‘s backup after injuries to McClellan and Williams, recording his best statistical season in college with 314 rushing yards on 72 totes.

“I can’t be specific here and give you the extent of all the injuries that he had, but they were all pretty significant,” said head coach Nick Saban on Sept. 6, 2019. “And there was a point in time where I think he questioned and a lot of us questioned would he really be able to come back? Because of his perseverance and his resilience to continue to work the way he did is what is allowed. him to come back.

“And when you see a player go through that kind of adversity, it certainly makes him strong as a person, but you also have a great feeling for seeing him be able to come back and do well in the game, score a touchdown and have some positive plays. Certainly for him, it’s gotta be a great confidence builder, as well.”

A former 5-star recruit out of IMG Academy, Sanders was the No. 1 running back and no. 6 overall prospect in the 2019 cycle, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

Established in October of 2018, the NCAA’s transfer portal allows collegiate student-athletes to merely enter their name into an online database and wait for collegiate teams to contact them. It is also worth noting that players can withdraw their names from the transfer portal, too.

Sanders is the Third Alabama player to enter the transfer portal this season, joining defensive lineman Braylen Ingraham and placekicker Jack Martin. The Crimson Tide had 18 do the same last year, with senior linebacker Jaylen Moody ultimately electing to return to Tuscaloosa.

*** This story will be updated.

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