Spring preview: Tight ends 

March, 30, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In 2011, the H-back position accounted for less than 10 percent of the Crimson Tide’s offense. It’s a surprising statistic considering AJ McCarron was in his first year under center. Typically, inexperienced quarterbacks use the position as a safety net.

Brad Smelley did finish the season with 34 catches -- a career high -- and four touchdowns while working at H-back. But the senior didn’t have much help. Michael Williams, the taller, faster, more athletic option at H-back, turned in just 16 grabs his junior year. Back-ups Brian Vogler and Harrison Jones accounted for one reception each.

For the Crimson Tide’s offense to progress in the passing game -- as many believe it will with Trent Richardson gone and Doug Nussmeier now at offensive coordinator -- wide receivers and H-backs much become a bigger part of the equation.
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