John Parker Wilson is back for his senior season and comes off a junior campaign with 18 TDs. The depth behind him is slim and Wilson will have to adjust to another new offensive system with the departure of OC Major Applewhite. The Alabama receivers were hard hit by graduation losing their top three receivers, but this is where the Tide excelled the most in recruiting. Julio Jones was one of the top recruits in the nation and may start right away. Junior Mike McCoy is the leading returning receiver with 28 rec. Leading the o-line are two All-SEC caliber players in C Antoine Caldwell and LT Andre Smith. Two other starters return as well and will block for Terry Grant at RB. Grant will be joined by Glen Coffee.
Alabama will likely employ a 3-4 scheme again this year until some of their prized recruits can get up to SEC size and speed. DE Wallace Gilberry is gone and his 10 sacks will have to replaced. Saban hopes leading returning tackler Rashad Johnson is not again this year considering he is a FS. LB Rolando McClain leads a group of LB that will be without expected starter Jimmy Johns. Johns was caught selling cocaine and is gone from the team. Prince Hall had off season trouble as well and is currently suspended. Ezekial Knight is out due to medical reasons. All these open spots at LB leave true freshmen Jerrell Harris a good chance of starting. CB Simeon Castille will be replaced Javier Arenas. The other CB Kareem Jackson can defend the best WRs in the SEC.
Leigh Tiffin is back at PK though he hopes to improve on 25-34 LY. PJ Fitzgerald hopes to rebound from a disappointing soph. year. Arenas will return kicks and punts most likely.
Likely Losses: @UGA