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Alabama student manager, Thomas Hall

Photograph By Gary Cosby Jr.

Working inside massive uniform shelving units that can be moved to save room, a student manager selects 70 pairs of game pants for the trip to LSU. "We're kinda like offensive linemen," says Springer. "No one knows we're there until something goes wrong." Even though Springer seems to have a plan and a backup plan for every possible equipment scenario his two biggest concerns during games are rain (keeping the players and the footballs dry) and repairing broken helmets fast enough to get a player back into the field without missing any plays.