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The Crimson and White Roundtable...

...would have gone pro in a heartbeat. Thanks to gerry dorsey for hosting this week.

1. what team will be the biggest surprise in the sec in ’08?? the biggest disappointment??

Since everyone (including me) is talking up Ole Miss under Houston Nutt, I don't really think they'll qualify as a surprise anymore, so I'm going with Tennessee. With all the hype surrounding Georgia and Florida, the Vols are getting lost in the shuffle despite both the talent and schedule to have another good season while also possibly ruining someone elses (please don't be us, please don't be us, please don't be us).

And on that note, the biggest disappointment could be Georgia. Not to bring down the wrath of our friends in the Dawgosphere, because I do think Georgia is a monster of a team that could very well win both the SEC and the MNC, but that schedule is just horrendously evil and even one loss for them would be a huge blow.

2. we appear to know who our qb is going to be for the season barring something crazy, but not all offensive skill positions are so certain. as the season progresses, who do you see stepping up to be this squad's most productive rb?? and wr??

Terry Grant will be given every opportunity to be a playmaker this year at running back. The staff leaned on him more than they should have last year because he was the only really consistent guy in the backfield, and considering most of his yardage during the spring game came through the air, it seems pretty clear that the staff is planning on using his skills more efficiently, i.e. getting him the ball in space instead of forcing him to run power plays that he just isn't built for to try and get him the second level. There also seemed to be a real emphasis by him to prove his pass blocking skills are at least adequate to be an every down back instead of a role player, so it looks like he's pushing to be as big a part of the offense as possible.

At receiver, I like Mike McCoy a lot. He's a big, physical type that was a great run blocker last season despite not being much of a threat in the passing game. Over the course of the spring, though, he really showed he can be a receiving threat, and if we want to go with "most productive=best all around receiver" then I'm going with him.

3. obviously "the saban" is lord and savior, and created the heavens and the earth, but if you were forced to trade saban for another active coach, who would it be and why??

How do you not answer "Mike Leach" to this?

4. some people view bama fans as insane. while "insane" is an awfully strong word, many bama fans have a disturbing obsession with their team. what is the most significant/unique/valuable/weird piece of bama paraphernalia you have and why??

My "lucky" game day shirt, which is completely ridiculous, totally inappropriate, and scandalously tight, so it is therefor always worn underneath a different Alabama shirt. I did, however, during the 2005 season watch every game alone while wearing nothing but said shirt and my boxer shorts, up until the LSU game where I realized I had pants on midway through the fourth quarter and therefor doomed us to a heart rending two game slump to ruin a perfect season. For this, I am sorry.

No kidding, I wear this every Saturday in the fall.