Six newer faces to watch during Alabama football spring practice

Mikey DiLullo
The Tuscaloosa News

With Alabama football losing starters on both sides of the ball, young players will be asked to step up. Veteran leaders like DeVonta Smith and Dylan Moses will not be in the locker room anymore, so many players will be asked to take on larger roles.

With spring practice arriving, many players will be competing for starting roles. Here are some of the newer faces to watch:

Ga'Quincy 'Kool Aid' McKinstry

A two-sport star, McKinstry comes in to the spring expecting to compete in not only football but basketball as well. On the football field, he was the No. 1-ranked high school player in Alabama, according to 247Sports Composite rankings, and should compete for a starting cornerback position.

Pinson Valley's Ga'Quincy McKinstry (1), a University of Alabama commit, smiles as Pinson Valley takes possession of the ball. Spanish Fort and Pinson Valley squared off at the AHSAA Class 6A state championship game on Dec. 4, 2020 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. [Photo/Hannah Saad]

Bryce Young

Despite being one of the highest-rated high school quarterbacks of his class, Young never challenged starter Mac Jones last season, only appearing in mop-up duty. This season, Young has experience, which could give him the upper hand in the battle to become the starter and will have a full spring camp for the first time in his college career.

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Drew Sanders

A former five-star recruit out of Texas, Sanders was limited to special teams due to Alabama's deep linebacker corps last season but still managed to record nine tackles. With players like Moses entering the NFL and Ben Davis entering the transfer portal, Sanders has a chance to compete to start at linebacker.

James Brockermeyer (left) and Tommy Brockermeyer (right) on their visit to the University of Alabama. The twins committed to UA on Friday.

Tommy and James Brockermeyer

Both twins turned down in-state Texas to come to Alabama. Tommy enters his college career as one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the nation, while James enters as the top center recruit from his class in the nation. After the graduation of Alex Leatherwood, Deonte Brown and Landon Dickerson, both will compete for playing time on the offensive line.

Jacorey Brooks

Brooks comes in as a five-star wide receiver and has a real shot at being a major contributor. With Smith and Jaylen Waddle both going pro, Brooks looks to join John Metchie and Slade Bolden in solidifying the wide receiver corps.