Top Alabama Football Questions, No. 4: Josh Jobe’s Emotions
Alabama football fall camp began on Monday afternoon after several weeks of uncertainty about the viability of this college football season. Many questions about testing, player safety, a college football semi-bubble, etc. have yet to be answered, but this series will focus on the most pressing on-field questions for the Crimson Tide in 2020.
I narrowed down the top-10 questions I'd like to ask coach Nick Saban entering fall camp, and I'll reveal two per day, Monday through Friday. Make sure to check back to Tide1009.com throughout this week to read up all on 10, and catch up on the questions you might've missed by clicking on the links below.
8. "With the young depth you have on the defensive line and the lack of experience at outside linebacker, did you ever consider having LaBryan Ray take some reps at outside linebacker like he did as a freshman?"
7. "If there was a position group that could have used more depth last year, it was probably tight end. With Jahleel Billingsley getting a year under his belt and Carl Tucker coming in from UNC, how are you feeling about that group?"
4. "How did Josh Jobe handle the adversity he faced last season and where is he in his ability to control his emotions and not try too hard?"
Jobe came to Tuscaloosa as part of a talented cornerback trio that also included Patrick Surtain II and Jalyn Armour-Davis. He didn't start a game as a freshman, but was thrust into action in the national championship game against Clemson when a starting corner was injured.
He was considered a likely starter entering his sophomore season, and he actually did start the season opener against Duke. But after multiple penalties in the first few games, including pass interference, a block in the back and a late hit out of bounds, he was limited to the second-team defense and special teams. He also dealt with a broken finger during the middle of the season.
"Josh Jobe had some struggles in the last game a little bit, got a couple of penalties, got a little too emotional," Saban said after the New Mexico State game in Week 2. "We always tell players we want you to play with great emotion but we don’t want you to be emotional because you make bad decisions. But it came from maybe trying too hard.
When senior Trevon Diggs decided not to play in the Citrus Bowl against Michigan, though, Jobe was back in the starting lineup. He even caught an interception on the Crimson Tide's final play of the season.
With veteran defensive backs like Diggs, Xavier McKinney and Shyheim Carter all off to the NFL, Jobe doesn't have the same margin for error in 2020. Only one defensive back, redshirt junior Daniel Wright, has been in the program longer than he has. Alabama's defense needs him to keep his emotions in check and become a reliable starter.