Spring practice: Five to watch 

March, 9, 2012
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Here are five players to watch when Alabama opens spring practice Friday on the Tuscaloosa campus:

Dee Hart (RB, RS Fr.) stands to benefit tremendously with Eddie Lacy out for spring practice. The redshirt freshman looked to be gaining ground last year before a knee injury sidelined him. Now, he has the opportunity to step up and take part in a wide-open competition. He will have a leg up on T.J. Yeldon with his knowledge of terminology and blocking schemes. Hart also offers a very different look than the other backs -- a smaller scat back who can get to the edge and make defenders miss. If he stays healthy, Hart could make some noise this spring.

C.J. Mosley (LB, Jr.) is fighting a double-edged sword. He’ll have to learn to play without the buffer of Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw, as well as battling to come back from a dislocated hip. Nick Saban said he’s back at full speed, but we will have to wait and see how he handles contact. With so much of the experience gone from last year’s defense, how Mosley and fellow junior Nico Johnson step up and lead this unit is vital.
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