Alabama has already seen stars from the class of 2012 emerge as legitimate SEC stars. Running back T.J. Yeldon ran for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns in his true freshman season, while wide receiver Amari Cooper led the Crimson Tide with 1,000 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
But another star from the class of 2012 may need to step up in 2013 if the Crimson Tide are going to win their third consecutive BCS National Championship—wide receiver Chris Black.
Black was a 4-star wide receiver coming out of First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla., according to 247Sports.com. He missed the season after injuring his shoulder early in fall camp, but was cleared to play prior to Alabama's 32-28 victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game if needed.
He never saw the field, but that should change in 2013.
With three stars gone off the offensive line, Alabama may not be able to rely so heavily on the running game next season. With Black lining up opposite Cooper outside, it may not want to.