Johnson in line to start for Tide


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - It looks like Alabama true freshman Nico Johnson will start at the "Will" inside linebacker position on Saturday against South Carolina.

Johnson and sophomore Jerrell Harris have been competing for that spot this week in practice. Harris returned from his suspension to give the Crimson Tide some much-needed depth at that position. Dont'a Hightower was lost for the season in the Arkansas game with a knee injury.

Harris is a little rusty from having missed so many games, but Alabama coach Nick Saban expects him to be a factor for the Crimson Tide defense once he gets his feet back up under him with some game action. Harris is expected to play some Saturday.