Five New Tiders to Watch in 2011

5) DeAndrew White– With Julio Jones playing for the Falcons and Darius Hanks suspended for the first two games, this redshirt freshman must step up and shoulder the load early. White is a speedster and faster than Julio, but won’t play as physical. He should be more of a deep threat than Julio.

Cyrus Kouandjio

4) Jesse Williams – This 319 pound mountain of a man was deemed the heir to Terrence Cody’s old spot at nose tackle during recruiting season, but he wound up on top of the depth chart at defensive end when camp broke. It will be interesting to see exactly how Williams will be utilized.

3) Blake Sims– This versatile playmaker has practiced at running back and quarterback throughout fall camp. Exactly how he will be utilized may not be seen until the Arkansas or Florida games.

2) The New Quarterback – Will it be McCarron and Sims or Sims and McCarron? Whichever it is, this battle will likely last through the first half of the season. If Bama’s defense plays as tough as expected, the quarterbacks can settle into their roles as game managers without having to carry the team on their shoulders. The winner of this battle will likely be the guy that makes the fewest mistakes heading into and out of the Arkansas game.

1) Cyrus Kouandjio – It’s rare when true freshmen offensive tackles start at Alabama and Kouandjio has an opportunity to do just that. He probably won’t start against Kent State, but look for him in the lineup by midseason. The offensive line is talented and fairly experienced, so if he can break the starting lineup that only makes Bama that much better.