Alabama Football: 5 Names You Need to Know Before 2012 Season

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Alabama Football: 5 Names You Need to Know Before 2012 Season
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The 2011 Alabama football team won the national championship with a roster filled to the brim with NFL-ready talent. 

The list was a long one, including Trent Richardson (No. 3 overall pick), Mark Barron (No. 7), Dre Kirkpatrick (No. 17), Dont'a Hightower (No. 25), Courtney Upshaw (No. 35), Josh Chapman (No. 136), DeQuan Menzie (No. 146) and Brad Smelley (No. 247).

Despite all that talent leaving for the NFL, Alabama still ranks No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll to start the 2012 season. There's still plenty of talent left over. 

In the following slides, we'll take a closer look at five members of the Crimson Tide you should know better before the 2012 season.

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