Alabama is one of those schools that has the good fortune of having great depth. That's just a fancy way of saying the backup players are better than starters at other schools around the nation.
Unfortunately for the players, not everyone gets their shot at a program like Alabama. Whether they are not as physically capable as the stars, or victims of nagging injuries, some outstanding Tide players are bench-bound.
The real underdogs are the ones who pressure for playing time, keeping the starters on their toes. They are the guys who will see limited action but just won't go away.
Those are the kind of players you want battling for playing time, for they are never content with the notion that they won't be playing.