Biggest position of strength: Running back
Potential fatal position flaw: Cornerback
The buzz: Alabama’s success last season was based on defense and special teams. This season, though, could be different. Alabama is having to replace nine-full time starters on defense and is breaking in a new punter, kicker and return man. The offense should be quite good, especially the running game with reigning Heisman winner Mark Ingram and backup Trent Richardson. But the defense obviously has some questions, most notably at cornerback, where the Tide lost their top three players (and each was drafted).