Alabama running back signee and early enrollee Trey Sanders isn’t backing away from his Early Signing Day proclamation that he wants to win the Heisman Trophy.
Sanders, the nation’s No. 1-ranked running back prospect from IMG Academy (Fla.), doubled down on the Heisman talk during an interview at the Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii.
“This is my Heisman shot, I ain’t going to lie to you,” Sanders said in an interview with MaxPreps’ Myckena Guerrero and shared on Twitter. “This is my Heisman shot. As soon as I leave here, man, I’m probably going to cut off social media and I’m probably going to just focus on getting that Heisman.”
Sanders is the only running back among Alabama’s 24 signees from college football early signing period, although 4-star Keilan Robinson is committed to Alabama but did not sign in December.
The graduation of Damien Harris and back-up Josh Jacobs’ decision to enter the NFL Draft gives Sanders a strong shot at earning early playing for the Crimson Tide.
But winning the Heisman as a freshman? That’s a lofty goal, especially considering no true freshman has ever won the award.
At Alabama, Sanders also must battle junior Najee Harris, another 5-star prospect who was also the nation’s No. 1-ranked and Brian Robinson, who was also a national top-10 running in high school at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, for playing time.
Of course, Alabama has regularly used multiple running backs during Nick Saban’s tenure. Last season, for instance, three different running backs logged more than 100 carries but none of the three surpassed 150 carries.
Sanders ran 68 times for a team-best 470 yards and five touchdowns last season for IMG Academy (7-1), while splitting carries with Penn State signee Noah Cain. He also caught 13 passes for 191 yards and four touchdowns.
“This high school stuff, everything I did in high school, it’s great, but in college, there’s something bigger coming,” he said.
Watch the complete interview:
2019 Alabama signee @6sixGod_ talked with @Myckena_G about his future, experience at Hawaii so far, and his past during his time at IMG Academy at the @polynesiabowl practice. ?? pic.twitter.com/eN1sLHac9M
— Zack Poff (@Zack_Poff_MP) January 17, 2019