In just a few short weeks, the Alabama Crimson Tide will take the field with a team looking for its next set of future stars and team leaders. There are certainly more than enough experienced players returning from the Tide's 2011 BCS title team, but there are also a number of freshmen who will look to pave their own ways into the Alabama history books.
Given what Alabama lost to the NFL after last season, coach Nick Saban will be looking at a handful of freshman and redshirt freshman recruits to step in and fill some major league holes in 2012. These kids have the talent and the hype to make it to the big time, but can they be as successful as some of their predecessors?
In the last decade, Alabama has made it somewhat of a habit of putting a freshman or two on the Football Writers Association of America's Freshman All-America Team. Newcomers to Alabama such as T. J. Yeldon, Dee Hart, Eddie Williams, Landon Collins, and Amari Cooper will each strive to be the next Tide footballer to earn that distinction.
What they may not be aware of, though, is how many Alabama players have added this All-American honor to their resumes in the last few years. It's a list that is a virtual who's who of recent Alabama football.