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Travell Dixon, Cornerback: Has outstanding size for a corner at 6'1", 191 lbs. Was outshined by fellow JuCo transfer Deion Belue in spring practice. Will be the No. 1 backup at corner.
Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver: Runs incredibly smooth routes and has hands made of glue. He will become Alabama's best catch-in-traffic receiver with time.
Chris Black, Wide Receiver: The perfect compliment to Cooper. Speedy as they come and a true down-field threat with great hands.
Ed Stinson, Defensive End: Could be a starter anywhere else. Very athletic with experience to match. Will be the primary DE backup.
Eddie Williams, Safety/Wide Receiver: Has potential through the roof as a safety or wide receiver. I'm certain Nick Saban is losing sleep over trying to figure out where he should play Williams.
Hardie Buck, Wide Receiver: A special teams contributor who most have never heard of. Performs his role perfectly and covers his lanes like an expert. May sneak up on opponents during trick-play scenarios.
Ben Howell, Running Back: Scout team extraordinaire who had a good spring. Likely won't have an impact during game time but will be instrumental during practice.
Malcolm Faciane, Tight End: Will likely be a starter in the event of injury to Harrison Jones or Michael Williams. Will be Williams' successor. Plays like an undersized offensive lineman with great hands; the definition of a tight end.
Phillip Ely, Quarterback: Will be the Tide's starting quarterback in the event that A.J. McCarron goes down with injury. Does not have ideal size but is quite efficient, and all he does is win. Led his high school team to a state title.
Austin Shepherd, Offensive Lineman: Tide's 2012 version of Alfred McCullough, as the lineman that can do it all. At 6'5", 321 lbs, he will be the first one to take over as a starter in the even of an injury. Can get very nasty in the trenches.
Barrett Jones, Offensive Lineman: The Tide's starting center, but is (unofficially) the backup left tackle. In the event of Cyrus Kouandjio sustaining an injury, Jones will move back to left tackle.