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DePriest is a player that many other teams would love to have. At 6'2" and 245 pounds, he's going to stuff the run with his linebacker buddies just fine...eventually.
The learning curve will be steep in 2012, with games against Michigan and Arkansas coming in the first three weeks of the season.
The Tide has a shot at repeating, but solid linebacker play is going to have to show up quickly. (Against LSU in the national championship game, DePriest proved that he is more than capable of doing his job, but the faces next to him will be completely different in 2012 from the faces in 2011.)
Sunseri and Lester can't be expected to make every play from the safety slots. This linebacking corps is loaded with talent, and will be a premier corps in the nation by late 2012.
Let's all hope that mistakes early in 2012 don't cost them games. This is one of the best reloading seasons in Tuscaloosa since Saban arrived.
There is no reason to believe that hope is lost. However, these five men have the capability to make or break the season with their response to adversity and trial.
The trials are coming, Tiders, but there is no real reason to expect that the Tide won't roll on.