The 2010 Crimson Tide secondary was the big question mark going into the season.
Their 2009 predecessors were a force in their own right. All three starting cornerbacks made it into the NFL; Kareem Jackson went in the first round to the Texans, Javier Arenas went in the second round to the Chiefs and Marquis Johnson went in the seventh round to the Rams.
In addition, free safety Justin Woodall was a possible late-round NFL pick. After going undrafted, the phenomenal athlete was picked up by MLB's Tampa Bay Rays.
Needless to say, the '09 secondary was stacked, leaving some very big shoes to fill.
The 2010 squad performed better than expected by finishing 13th in the nation in passing defense and allowing less than 180 yards per game, but not good enough to repeat as national champions.
The 2011 season will see the return of all starters from last year's secondary, including Alabama's prodigal son Robby Green. With a season of trial by fire in the SEC, will the Crimson Tide fare better this coming season?