Alabama is a team many expect to contend for the national title this season—mostly due to the belief that several newcomers will step in and play at a high level for the Crimson Tide this fall.
After all, Nick Saban has been recruiting at a level that few have seen over the last three years—with members from previously stacked recruiting classes (their last three classes have been ranked in the top five nationally) filling the majority of the holes on the roster.
While no one can deny that Alabama will still have a talent advantage over nearly every team on their schedule, some of the newcomers are lacking from an experience standpoint or they will have to step up and carry a heavier load than in any previous part of their college careers.
So which players will fall under that category?
Here are five projected starters with the most to prove heading into the 2012 season.