Alabama Offensive Starters: 4 Sr, 2 Jr, 2 So, 3 Fr Defensive Starters: 5 Sr, 2 Jr, 2 So, 2 Fr Schedule: #5 Oregon (week 1), @ #15 Washington (week 7), @ #13 Tennessee (week 9), #1 LSU (week 11) Pipeline: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas The Offense: The offense this year will be based around redshirt Senior QB Todd Price. Price was benched midway last season in favor of Phillip Ely, but is a pure passer and should excel in our new offense. He is the highest rated player on our team at (92) Overall and has (92) Throw Power with (99) Throw Accuracy. Last season had a QB Rating of 148.4 completing 106 out of 201 passes for 1898 yards, and 16 TDs with 10 INTs. At halfback we redshirt Senior Adam Jones, he should also do well in the new offense rated (85) Overall with (94) Speed. He spent last backing up Daniel Bryan, a 1,000 yard rusher, we are looking for Jones to have a break out season. The wide receiver core is led by Senior Jon Fields, his combination of size (6'4" 195) and speed (95) provided him with some success whenever Price was under center early in the season. He is our leading receiver coming back with 647 yards on only 25 receptions, 6 of those being TDs. Freshman Jamal Alexander, Freshman Martin Little, and Sophomore Jason Jones will make up the rest of the group. Alexander and Little were both highly touted recruits who we expect to make an immediate impact. We also expect a big season from Jones who got to see some playing time last year as a Freshman. As I've said before, Jones didn't see a lot of action last year, but when he was called upon to make a big play he always came through - the kid was clutch! As for the O Line, we are a bit thin, but we will just have to make do and hope there are no serious injuries. They average 6'5" 310lbs across the board. Senior Left Guard Andre Cook is our best shot at an all conference offensive linemen this year, he is rated (88) overall, and stands at 6'5" 340lbs!!! The Defense: Coach Murk has decided on switching up the defense into a 3-3-5 and hopes this will improve the team's overall performance. Stopping the run will be our #1 priority at practice, and we expect Senior DT Kyle Cole and Senior MLB Seth Howard to lead the team in the stopping the run. The strength of our defense lies within our secondary which is another reason I think the 3-3-5 could be successful. All of our corners are fast, tall, pyschical, and can cover well in zone. Redshirt Junior Trey Beck will play one invert spot at (87) Overall, while the Freshman who was switched from Athlete, will play the other at (71) Overall. Last but not least, our best returned defender will play FS, who of which I will be controlling most of the time. Redshirt Junior Jonathan Smith had an excellent season last year making key interceptions down the stretch in games on numerous occassions. Jon Smith 2015 Stats - 34 tackles (5 TFL), 6 INTs, 8 deflections, 1 FF 2016 Ratings - OVR (90), SPD (95), CTH (77), TAK (90), POW (90), BSH (83), PRC (81), ZCV (98) Freshmen Preview WR #12 Jamal Alexander - 79 overall - Adamsville, AL - -----We were able to snag Jamal during off season recruiting. Holding down the #2 WR position, I'm not expecting him to have a whole lot of yards since Price will be looking more in Senior Jon Fields direction, but you never know! WR #85 Martin Little - 78 overall - New Albany, MS - -----We were able to get Little in week 1 of the off season. He will be going over the middle a lot, so it is a good thing is has solid catch in traffic and route ratings. I'm hoping his (84) ball carrier vision will help in find those extra yards after the catch. LT #61 Tony Reed - 78 overall - Saks, AL -----Reed took a redshirt last season, but is being called upon to take a very difficult position in left tackle. He will be asked to drop back in pass protection A LOT, and a lot of team's best defensive linemen will be gunning for him. Let's hope he can take advantage of the oppurtunity. RE #96 Kurt Espinosa - 76 overall - Stephenville, TX -----Kurt could have just as easily started last year, but we decided to go with Timi Mitchell who will be starting the other DE spot. Both are listed as run stoppers which is excellent assuming teams will try to run the ball straight into our 3-3-5 defense. Invert SS #27 Johnny Leslie - 71 overall - Merritt Island, FL -----Leslie was one of the first recruits we signed at Alabama, and was marked as an athlete. He could've done well at basically any spot, and although linebacker looked like a good match, we think he role as invert safety in our 3-3-5 is perfect. Because of his status as an athlete he is well rounded in a lot of areas, and we are excited to see what he can do.