ESPN takes a look at who and what we should watch out for this Spring. Their take on Bama:
Spring practice starts: March 23
Spring game: April 18
What to watch:
* With John Parker Wilson gone, the starting quarterback job is probably Greg McElroy's to lose. Alabama coach Nick Saban has promised that it will be an open competition, which means Star Jackson will certainly get his shot this spring. Jackson redshirted last season, but showcased excellent passing and running skills as a high school player. McElroy is extremely intelligent and has a firm grasp of the offense even though he's only played in a couple of games during his Alabama career. If neither quarterback stands out this spring, then true freshman A.J. McCarron could be a factor when he gets on campus this summer.
* The quarterback issue is one thing, but the most daunting challenge for the Crimson Tide this spring may be rebuilding their offensive line. Outland Trophy winner Andre Smith is gone at left tackle, and so are All-American center Antoine Caldwell and steady guard Marlon Davis. Junior college newcomer James Carpenter will probably get first crack at left tackle. He's on campus and gets the spring to prove himself, but touted true freshman D.J. Fluker arrives this summer. William Vlachos is somebody to watch at center, and this could be the spring that prized 2008 signees Tyler Lover and Barrett Jones make their moves.
* Nine starters are back on a defense that was exceptional last season, but it won't be easy to replace safety Rashad Johnson. He was such a versatile player and was the quintessential leader. Ali Sharrief, Tyrone King and Mark Barron are three of the main candidates to step in for Johnson. Sharrief has an edge in experience, but Barron's going to be hard to keep off the field. The spring will be a huge test for Barron to see how he handles the mental part.