Harrison Jones is going to be a pleasant surprise. (al.com)
Sure, we're losing a lot of great players, but the ones that are replacing them could have more raw talent than the people they're replacing when they showed up to play those positions.
Some of the freshmen that will contribute are real stars in the making and others have already proven themselves by time already spent in rotation with the former starters. It's not like the Crimson Tide is going to replace them all with raw rookies.
Some of the people you'll be seeing are:
Top 2011 recruit HaSean Dixon who has had a year in the system already - Defensive Back
Top 2012 recruit Eddie Williams, who may play a strong back up role, either defensive back or receiver.
Top 2011 JUCO recruit will move over to replace Josh Chapman at nose tackle from defensive end
Former starter Damion Square will move back to his starting spot at defensive end to take Jesse Williams spot
With a year of backup work, top 2011 recruit Trey DePriest is ready to step in for linebacker Dont'a Hightower
Dee Milliner, steps for DeQuan Menzie at corner back. Milliner has two years of experience.
Will Lowery starts his senior year after backing up departing Mark Barron at Safety.
On offense, Barrett Jones, an Outland Trophy winner and All American, takes over center from William Vlachos
DeAndrew White and Kenny Bell, both experienced receivers are ready to take Darius Hanks place
Harrison Jones a RS freshman is ready to take Brad Smelley's place at tight end.
Kevin Norwood will be a junior, and Bradley Sylve, a redshirt freshman, will take Marquis Maze's place at WR.
Lastly, Eddie Lacy will start his junior year, taking Trent Richardson's place, and be backed up by redshirt freshman Dee Hart, junior Jalston Fowler and freshman T.J. Yeldon
You can see why these replacements aren't going to worry the astute fans who know football.