The unfortunate thing about the end of the football season is seeing key components of a national championship team play their last downs as amateurs. The positive that emerges from it, though, is that a new crop of starters will be ready to fill the voids when fall arrives.
Fortunately, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has a stocked pantry of ready, willing and able replacements.
While there is always uncertainty from one season to the next, the Crimson Tide program is so well equipped to handle the minor changes it faces next season that the inevitable bumps in the road should be minimal.
With yet another amazing recruiting class added to an already loaded roster of top-notch talent, Alabama will once again reload rather than rebuild.
Here is a speculative glance at the top five new starters that Alabama will likely field this fall.