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.
Their Crimson Tide careers over, Nick Saban's players find their coach has prepped them for the NFL's off-field demands.
Gene Chizik goes from Auburn's king to a mere jester, yet the #KeepChizik hashtag could yet prove prescient for Alabama's faithful.
Alabama was expected to beat Auburn, but this wasn't always the case for the Crimson Tide's upperclassmen. That's what made this win memorable.
If you're good enough, it doesn't matter how old you are at Alabama. The Crimson Tide are receiving big plays from freshmen Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon.
Doug Nussmeier's first game as Alabama's offensive coordinator was a smashing success, as his offensive wrinkles produced big plays against Michigan.
Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker was quiet when he came to Tuscaloosa, but he is now a vocal leader.
The Alabama-UT game on Oct. 20 will go a long way toward the future of Derek Dooley in Knoxville.
The Tide have plenty of well-known names entering 2012, but there are a handful who have untapped potential.