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Strong and weak: Alabama Crimson Tide

6/17/2013

Every year, players come and go in college football. With that teams can either grow or take steps back because of turnover.

With that we'll take a look at all 14 teams in the SEC and check out each one's strongest and weakest position heading into fall camp and the 2013 season.

Now, the weakest position might not always mean that it's subpar or even bad, but it might just need the most work.

We'll start things off by checking on Alabama:

Strongest position: Running back and/or pass-catchers

I know that people will look to quarterback AJ McCarron as being Crimson Tide's top player, but Alabama is hurting behind him. But when it comes to running back and the Tide's group of pass-catchers you really could just take your pick. Eddie Lacy might be gone, but Alabama is once again loaded at running back, beginning with starter T.J. Yeldon, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. After the way he played this spring, he looks more than ready to be the guy toting the rock the majority of the time. But he'll have plenty of help, starting with veteran big body Jalston Fowler, who is back from the knee injury he suffered last year. Dee Hart, who could be used as a rusher and receiver is back from his knee injury, too. Sophomore Kenyan Drake returns and expect Derrick Henry to contribute a lot. Henry can be used as a rusher and an H-back. Also, keep an eye on incoming freshman Alvin Kamara, who was the No. 4 running back nationally in the 2014 class.

As for receiver, Amari Cooper and his 1,000 yards are back. By the end of the year, he was one of the league's best receivers and had a very good spring. Senior Kevin Norwood is back and has proved to be a valuable possession guy, while Kenny Bell should be one of the team's top deep threats again. DeAndrew White could prove to be another valuable deep threat, while Chris Black is back after a shoulder injury caused him to miss the 2012 season. Also, look out for freshman tight end O.J. Howard who has the speed and size to be a big mismatch for defenders. He was one of Alabama's top performers this spring.

Weakest position: Defensive line

Alabama is still looking for consistency up front. The dominant players the Tide are used to having up front just haven't shown up yet. Ends Jeoffrey Pagan and Ed Stinson could have a big year, but they'll need to be consistent going forward. It helps that Stinson can play both tackle and end. Brandon Ivory has a lot of potential, but has to replace Jesse Williams at noseguard. Outside of those three, there are a lot of question marks along the line. Help is on the way with freshmen Dee Liner, Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams and A'Shawn Robinson -- all ESPN 150 members -- coming in for fall camp. Still, this line has a ways to go.