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Offensively, McCarron, Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon form one of the nation’s most explosive triumvirates. Left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and right guard Anthony Steen join that group as players who are among the nation’s best at their respective positions.
Defensively, senior linebacker C.J. Mosley and junior safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are All-American candidates.
The biggest question on offense is figuring out who will join Kouandjio and Steen in the trenches. Austin Shepherd (right tackle), Ryan Kelly (center) and Arie Kouandjio (left guard) appear to be in line to fill the three vacancies up front.
On the other side of the ball, defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and defensive tackle Brandon Ivory step into starting roles on the line. Senior John Fulton and sophomore Cyrus Jones will battle for the corner spot opposite Belue.
Alabama has another star-studded class of impact freshmen who are getting their feet wet in fall camp. Running back Derrick Henry is one of four new and talented rushers who are fighting to back up Yeldon.
According to Andrew Gribble of AL.com, defensive linemen A’Shawn Robinson and Dee Liner have looked impressive early, and linebackers Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster add to the loaded linebacker unit.
Eddie Jackson, Maurice Smith and Jonathan Cook may get a chance to contribute due to the lack of quality depth at corner.
Per Mark Heim of AL.com, redshirt freshman receiver Chris Black has been tabbed as a potential breakout star by ESPN’s Tom Luginbill.
Black figures to push veteran Christion Jones for the Tide's slot receiver in three-receiver sets.
Player Under the Most Pressure
Despite having his struggles a year ago, Belue enters the season as the Tide’s top corner. Without a lockdown presence such as Dee Milliner waiting to take over one side of the field, the pressure is on Belue to become an elite corner and set the standard for the rest of the players in his unit.