Alabama’s march to Miami this season was propelled by a small, but decorated senior class that is in position to help the Tide claim an unprecedented third national title in the last four seasons.
While veteran stalwarts such as Barrett Jones, Nico Johnson and Robert Lester have some unfinished business in the form of next month's BCS title game, their departures—plus a few talented juniors that could leave early for the NFL—will leave some massive holes to fill in the coming offseason.
Considering Alabama is back in the national title game one year after losing five players selected within the first 35 picks of the most recent NFL draft, Nick Saban and his staff have demonstrated the ability to reload in a hurry.
However, losing a handful of stars that formed the core of a program that has gone 48-5 since 2009 will undoubtedly prove to be a tough task.
So which veterans will Saban and his staff have the most concern in replacing for the 2013 season?
Here are the eight biggest holes in the roster Alabama must fill for next season.