Thanks to the structure and discipline instilled in him by his mother, Devin Gardner waited for his turn under center
Alabama has been successful under Nick Saban without big-play receivers. Now that they have a host of them, the sky's the limit for the Crimson Tide offense.
The tight end has been one position that has never done much in Alabama's offense. Enter O.J. Howard, part unreal playmaker, part freshman.
Alabama has won three of the last four national titles, and might add another this season. But some major work needs to be done filling holes on the offensive line first.
TideNation's best guess at the top 25 players by position during Nick Saban's tenure at Alabama: 11 on offense, 11 on defense and three on special teams during a six-year span that's produced three national championships.
It's strength coach Scott Cochran's studio. The new 37,000 square-foot weight room is where the foundation of the Tide's championship formula is layed.
A look at how USC's recruiting class, from early enrollees to uncommitted prospects, might fit on the Trojans.
The recruitment of Desmond Howard came down to Michigan and Georgia Tech. The Cleveland native never considered Ohio State, which was just bringing in John Cooper.
With several starters NFL-bound, Alabama has plenty of players lined up to fill the holes.
Despite ranking No. 5 in passing yards allowed, Alabama's defense proved susceptible to the pass late in the season, and Notre Dame is sure to take notice.
Alabama and head coach Nick Saban continue to pick from the best of the best recruits because they win national titles and send a large group of players to the NFL.
Texas has talented individuals who want to succeed, but the team as a whole is lacking. All they can do now is try desperately to find their confidence.
Wes Horton's father went to UCLA, which gives USC defensive end Wes Horton a great appreciation for playing, and emerging victorious, in the crosstown rivalry game.
Wisconsin's overpowering rushing offense, led by senior Montee Ball, is set to collide with an Ohio State rush defense that's second in the Big Ten in a high-impact fashion.
Penn State QB Matt McGloin is a far cry from the McGloin both Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes have seen in the past.
Parrker Westphal, a 2014 CB, is coached at Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School by Todd Howard, a former Michigan DB.