Alabama is stacked top to bottom with talent, but only 11 players can take the field at a time. There are many players who will be ready to start in 2012 but will have to bide their time as backups until 2013 and beyond.
This is not about the players not being "good enough" but more of a testament to just how deep Alabama is on the bench.
This depth is what allows 'Bama to win games. The Tide's backups are as good as most teams' starters, if not better. The backups are rotated in often to keep the starters fresh while the other team gets dogged.
It's somewhat of a shame to see these supreme athletes ride the bench, but hey, that's Alabama for you. A star rating doesn't simply earn you a starting position at the Capstone.
Hard work and dedication get you on the field at 'Bama, and though these guys have put in a lot already, the competition is so fierce that sometimes you simply have to wait your turn.
Here is a look at seven talented and promising players (with their future classes listed) who will be raring to go in 2012 but won't get the starting honors just yet.