TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — If you read the headline and thought, “Why the hell would someone waste time comparing Alabama football players to comic characters,” your guess is as good as mine.
But it’s the offseason and Black Panther just came out so here we are. We could write another depth chart piece, but why not have a little fun.
Damien Harris as Black Panther
This one feels right. After announcing that he would return to Tuscaloosa for his senior season, Damien Harris seemingly took the mantle as king of the University of Alabama.
With a strong senior season, Harris has a chance to rewrite Alabama’s record books. He could become the first Alabama player to rush for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons. He’s rushed for 2,197 yards and 14 touchdowns during his first three seasons in Tuscaloosa. Harris is only 1,394 yards off the former king’s (Derrick Henry) career rushing record.
Raekwon Davis as the Hulk
With Tony Brown and Ronnie Harrison moving on, Raekwon Davis sits alone on the list of Alabama players you wouldn’t want to see in a dark alley.
The guy got shot and made a sack in a football game a week later. He’s an animal.
Davis exploded onto the scene as a sophomore last season, finishing third on the team with 69 tackles. He led the team with 8 1/2 sacks and finished second with 10 1/2 tackles for loss. He added an interception and a fumble recovery.
Another season like that could have Davis being mentioned as a NFL first-round pick.
Watch the video below and try not to imagine the Hulk tearing through everything around him. What the Hulk does to cities and buildings, Davis does to offensive linemen and quarterbacks. I repeat: The guy is an animal.
Miller Forristall as Captain America
My first thought upon seeing Miller Forristall when Alabama brought up its 2016 early enrollees for interviews was, ‘Wow, this kid looks like Steve Rogers before the Captain America transformation.’ Forristall has since bulked up during his two years in the strength and conditioning program.
Nick Saban as Nick Fury/Professor X
It was tough to settle on a role for Nick Saban because he has traits from both characters. He plays mind games like Professor X, but isn’t afraid to curse you out like Samuel L. Jackson — I mean, Nick Fury.
Kirby Smart as Magneto
This one just made sense. Like Professor X and Magneto, Saban and Kirby Smart were once good friends and colleagues before Smart/Magneto left to become a “bad” guy.
No matter how hard he tries, Magneto can never seem to get the best of his old friend Professor X. In their lone career meeting as head coaches, Smart appeared to have the upper hand on Saban until he unleashed a secret weapon (see next line).
Tua Tagovailoa as Spiderman
When you look at Tua Tagovailoa, you think “no way a freshman should be doing this on such a big stage.” Same goes for Spider-Man, a high school kid taking out bad guys in between school periods.
Mack Wilson as Iron Man (remember, just a fun post)
Seriously, Mack Wilson must have a personal photographer or a group of interns stuck in a room finding photos of him online.
Like Tony Stark, Wilson does what’s best for the team, but he also has sort of a “look at me” attitude when he’s doing it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as long it doesn’t get in the way of the overall goal.
Mac Jones as Hawkeye/Clint Barton
You kind of forget at times that Mac Jones is there because he’s overshadowed by teammates, but he plays an important role and deserves a mention.
Honorable mention: Tony Brown as Wolverine
A loner who kind of does his own thing, but will help the team when necessary. Doesn’t care how the job gets done as long as it gets done. Insanely ripped. Has massive chip on his shoulder because of people who have “lied.” (Thanks, Dabo and Hunter Renfrow).