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Taking the A-day pulse

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Not all players blossoms in the spring. Some step up, some step back and some don't move at all. Now that A-Day and spring football are behind us, TideNation looks back at whose stock is rising, whose is dipping and which three early enrollees did the most with their head start.

Three up

CB Deion Belue: It was hard to watch Belue at times last season. He was picked on often by opposing quarterbacks, and the spotlight revealed flaws in his game; he was a step behind and he often wound up out of place in coverage. This spring we saw what a difference a year can make as Belue matured into a different man. At A-Day he was assertive, playing the ball rather than his man. He did what Saban wants most out of his defensive backs -- he attacked.