Before the Alabama football team takes the field this fall with a potential three-peat in their sights, this spring will provide some intense jockeying for position on the depth chart.
A small, but invaluable group of seniors, have departed the Capstone with three national title rings. That plus the loss of a talented trio of juniors to the NFL means Nick Saban and his staff will still comb through a talented roster in search of the next wave of contributors for the 2013 squad.
Quarterback AJ McCarron’s return insures the Crimson Tide offense the luxury of being guided by a fifth-year senior with a 25-2 career record and a pair of crystal footballs on his resume.
Running back T.J. Yeldon and receiver Amari Cooper terrorized the SEC as true freshmen, and that duo of skill players returns for an encore.
The defense is boosted by the return of linebackers C.J. Mosley and Adrian Hubbard, but they must fill holes on the defensive line and replace All-American corner Dee Milliner.
With holes on both lines of scrimmage, Saban is bound to tinker with his rotations (and even consider position switches) in an effort to get the best players on the field.
Which positions will the Tide see the potential for new faces to emerge in the spring, and which young players will be counted on to play a major role in 2013?
Find out the answers to those questions and more as I project the Tide’s 2-deep depth chart for the upcoming season.