Five Tide players emerging on offense
February, 14, 2013
By Alex Scarborough | ESPN Insider
Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesCyrus Kouandjio should lock down the left tackle position for the Tide in 2013.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It took Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon no time become two of the biggest stars at Alabama. The pair of true freshmen stepped onto the stage and delivered, setting school records at their respective positions.
But they're the exception to the rule. For most athletes, it takes a bit of seasoning before they're ready to be thrown into the fire that is the SEC.
Coach Nick Saban's recruiting prowess is well understood, but so is his ability to develop and cultivate talent. Eddie Lacy took time to become a star running back. Chance Warmack didn't sprout up overnight. Sometimes these things take time.
As the world turns its attention toward the start of spring practice and the birth of another college football season, here are five players on offense who weren't superstars last season but could prove to become significant contributors in 2013.
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