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 coach Nick Saban knows there would be nothing gained from leaving the arrests and other misbehavior of the offseason in the past, so he met the issue head-on during the first day of spring practice.
Alabama's defense was No. 1 last season even with a few flaws, a testament to Nick Saban and Kirby Smart's system. This spring, they'll try to improve it.
Alabama's AD knows that the constant turnover among Nick Saban's assistance is certainly nothing to sweat. Moreover, it's something of which the perennial national champs can be proud.
The four arrested Crimson Tide players deserve to be punished, but should that punishment include exile from a support network that could help them?
Their Crimson Tide careers over, Nick Saban's players find their coach has prepped them for the NFL's off-field demands.
Alabama nose tackle Jesse Williams embodied the Tide's perseverance in winning the SEC Championship game against Georgia, as he fought through an injury to impact the victory.
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.
The Crimson Tide scored 52 points against Arkansas, but the defense stole the show by shutting out the Razorbacks
Alabama plans to lean on its deep rotation of pass rushers when it faces Arkansas' potent passing attack Saturday -- regardless of who plays quarterback for the Razorbacks.
Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker was quiet when he came to Tuscaloosa, but he is now a vocal leader.
Jesse Williams is Alabama's strongest player, which makes him a perfect hit at nose tackle
There has been plenty of news since Alabama won the BCS national title. The Tide report for camp on Thursday to defend their championship.