The offense of the Alabama Crimson Tide last season wasn't too shabby. They averaged nearly 35 points per contest and return seven starters from that unit. Quarterback AJ McCarron seems to have found himself after one season as the starter, and the running back depth is deep as usual for Nick Saban's club.
Alabama will never be mistaken for an offensive juggernaut—it is the defense that still rules—but you certainly can't sleep on the offensive side of the ball. That's why Michigan defensive back Jordan Kovacs has confessed to watching game film in the most bizarre places (via Joe Schad of ESPN):
Michigan S Jordan Kovacs has watched Bama offense on his laptop while in Physics II class— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2012
That is certainly dedication if you ask me, but this shouldn't come as a shock to anyone familiar with Kovacs.
He has had to work his way up to this level from the very beginning. He was barely recruited coming out of high school, overcame several injuries, started out on the special teams unit as a walk-on and is now one of the leaders on this Michigan team, as well as being a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
He is the definition of hard work and is somebody that coaches, fans and even players can all appreciate.
Kovacs finished the year second on the team with 75 tackles and added eight tackles for loss, four sacks and an interception for good measure. While I'm sure Physics class is extremely important, it won't help this Wolverines team knock off the Alabama Crimson Tide in week one of the regular season.
Michigan certainly has a tough matchup ahead, and Kovacs is wasting no time trying to gain some type of advantage.