Alabama is coming off its 13th National Championship title. Losing 9 defensive starters but returning most of the offense. What can we look and get ready for this summer while we wait for football? Here's a few things
Most people remember Marcell as the man who knocked Colt McCoy out of the Citi BCS National Championship game. Or as the man who picked off inexperienced Garrett Gilbert and then returned it for a touchdown. Than later threw the football (which Saban took note of). But what will people remember him for this year for living up or not living up to expectations? or being the man who replaces Ole' Terrence "Mount" Cody? Either way he is poised to have a spectacular year. This is a man who does not let fame get to his head. But I have a feeling he'll be getting into Quaterback's heads all season next year.
Julio Jones: Will he return to former self?
Julio Jones was bothered with many injuries his sophmore season. This affected his physicality with corners, it also affected his speed at which he ran. But most of all it affected his catching. Jones in 2008 was one of the most highly recruited players in all of the country. He lived up to his potential his freshman season taking some Alabama Freshman Recieving records along the way. Sophmore season was a downfall. He was a decoy mostly. As he was still plagued by injury. Julio in the 2010 A-Day game was noted for having some drops that usually he didn't drop. Which makes you wonder will he go back to being himself?
Mystery Man: Eddie Lacy
Eddie Lacy has recieved many compliments by his teammates. He is said to have to best of both Ingram and Richardson in him. But will he be overshadowed by the Heisman-winner and the Freshamn Phenom? We'll find out next season
Can Greg McElroy stay undefeated in his college football career?
The schedule for Alabama starts off with San Jose St. at the newly redone Bryant-Denny which will seat 100,000+. But then the schedule does not get easier. Penn State comes to town and not to mention the Alabama schedule off week dilemma which most likely won't get fixed by seasons come next year. Not to mention a trip to Arkansas, and Louisiana. And Auburn and Florida coming to town.
Will the Defense hold up?
Alabama lost 9 defensive starters which included, Terrence Cody, Rolando McClain and Kareem Jackson, and the quickest man on the field Javier Arenas. The backfield for 'Bama is torn but will have Dre' Kirkpatrick. Who is ready for his time to shine. The linebacking core has returning starter Nico Johnson and Donta' Hightower who is hopefully better from his knee surgery. Not to mention Mark Barron and Marcell Dareus coming back.
Does Alabama have the drive for another Championship?
Complacent. Thats one thing Alabama cannot become. That has struck many defending National Championship teams. Coming out of the SEC undefeated is hard but may make Alabamas chance for another championship slim. But its not impossible, especially with a man named Saban on the sideline.
There are many other things to think about this long offseason but these are some of the most important things. All I have to say now is is it football season yet? Roll Tide!