- Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
During the summer, TideNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Alabama roster -- excluding the Tide's 2013 recruiting class -- in our Crimson Countdown series. Starting with No. 1 Dee Hart, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Brandon Ivory.
No. 50 Alphonse Taylor
Redshirt freshman offensive lineman
Expectations for 2013: Taylor didn't waste his redshirt season on the Alabama campus. Instead, the former four-star prospect spent the year learning a somewhat unfamiliar position -- offensive guard. The Mobile, Ala., native started out his Alabama career on the defensive side at nose guard but was quickly shifted to the offensive side when it became clear that there was a need for depth in the interior of the line. Now at 6-foot-5 and a whopping 335 pounds, Taylor is in a position to compete for a spot among the top reserves where he could fill in for either Anthony Steen or Arie Kouandjio, the projected starters at right and left guard, respectively.