With the start of fall practice last week, the Alabama Crimson Tide's defense of their BCS national title is officially underway. As a team, there is as much to gain as there is to lose. Individually, Alabama's leaders are in a similar position, but for a few Alabama athletes, there may be more to lose than there is to gain.
Let's remember that while these guys are came to Alabama with the dream of winning multiple championships, many of them are also here to make a better life for themselves long after their days at the Capstone have come and gone.
The beginning of fall practice will lay everything on the line. Personal goals will often be met, but, unfortunately, many will go by the wayside. Everyone on the team will be put to the test in some way, shape or form.
With that in mind, here are a few young men who have possibly more to lose than they have to gain in 2012.