There are several challenges for Alabama next season. Offensively, they will have to replace more than half of its line along with the starting running back and fullback. Defensively, they also lose guys like Dee Milliner, Robert Lester and Nico Johnson.
But nearly every major recruiting Web sites rank Alabama’s 2013 class in the top three. They also return several young playmakers like T.J. Yeldon and Amari Cooper. And with a coaching staff that’s almost entirely intact, some former members of the Tide say Alabama is in a good position to hoist another crystal ball.