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.
Travis Haney provides a look at several potential breakout player candidates from the 2012 recruiting class.
Their Crimson Tide careers over, Nick Saban's players find their coach has prepped them for the NFL's off-field demands.
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 Crimson Tide will have plenty of holes to fill when 2013 comes around and Alabama is already recruiting several positions of future need.
AJ McCarron was poised and efficient in a rare trip into Big Ten country for No. 3 Alabama, throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown against No. 23 Penn State in a 27-11 victory on Saturday.
In a matchup of traditional programs, Alabama's focus on fundamentals ruled the day. How far the Tide will go, however, depends on quarterback AJ McCarron.