- Alex Scarborough, SEC reporter
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. 78 Chad Lindsay
Redshirt junior offensive lineman
Expectations for 2013: Lindsay saw the field 10 times last season, working at guard with the second-team offensive line. Now a redshirt junior, the former four-star prospect from Texas is tasked with expanding his game as the primary backup to presumptive starting center Ryan Kelly.
Best-case scenario: Ideally, Lindsay will be able to provide depth at both center and guard for Alabama in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 302-pound junior's versatility is key for an offensive line that needs all the depth possible.
Worst-case scenario: The fact that Lindsay is the backup to Kelly reveals a lack of options at the center position for the Crimson Tide, as no one else on the roster has experience at the position. Kellen Williams likely would be third center in the event of multiple injuries.
Future impact: The timing of J.C. Hassenauer's commitment couldn't be better, as the No. 10 center in the ESPN 150 gave his verbal pledge to the Crimson Tide in mid-June. Alabama got the jump on the relatively under-the-radar prospect, as Hassenauer came out of nowhere to finish as one of the top offensive linemen to compete at The Opening earlier this month.
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.