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Thursday, July 4, 2013
Crimson Countdown: Wilson Love

By Alex Scarborough

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. 51 Wilson Love
Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman

Expectations for 2013: Love has played the waiting game thus far at Alabama. He signed with Alabama in 2010, greyshirted the following season and then redshirted in 2011. In 2012, he didn't play a down and instead spent his time on the scout team. As a redshirt sophomore, the 6-foot-3, 283-pound athlete will look to take a step forward and become a part of the defensive line rotation.

Best-case scenario: Alabama needs numbers up front. Outside of starters Ed Stinson and D.J. Pettway, there aren't many experienced defensive ends available off the bench. LaMichael Fanning and Korren Kirven have played some and redshirt freshman Dalvin Tomlinson is a potential impact player, but there remains a lack of depth to fill out a three-deep rotation needed to keep legs fresh in the SEC. With a strong fall, Love could figure into the back end of the rotation where he could see time late in games.

Worst-case scenario: If Love does see the field in meaningful moments, that could mean trouble for Alabama's title hopes. A number of players would have to go first. While he could wind up providing depth up front, Love is not likely to jump from unknown to starter over night. The fact that he didn't play a single down last season after greyshirting 2010 and redshirting 2011 says it all.

Future impact: The impending arrival of 2013 signees Darius Paige and Dee Liner threatens to push Love even further down the depth chart. Love is likely to remain with the scout team and could wind up helping out on special teams over the next few seasons.