Alabama has enjoyed a lot of success in the five years Nick Saban has been the head coach. The Tide's win over LSU on January 9 in the BCS title gave the program their second national title in the last three years. Senior tight end Michael Williams is one of the players on the 2012 roster that does have experience celebrating championships, and trying to defend them. "Every game you have a 24 hour rule, it just happened to be the last game of the year so we took the 24 hour rule to a week. After that one week we were back in the weight room talking about 2012. This team is very focused on what we have to do and how to do it." Alabama head coach Nick Saban feels like the players need to stick to a plan to be successful. "I think the most important thing is that everybody buy into the principles and value of the organization and the standard that we have to achieve to which is an elite standard. This team seems to show a lot less concern about the past and a lot more concern about the future than any of the other championship teams that I have coached."
Alabama lost five starters from last year's offense including running back Trent Richardson who was the third pick in this year's NFL draft. Eddie Lacy will try to pick up where Richardson left off. Lacy ran for 674 yards and seven touchdowns last year. It is something Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones feels like will happen. "I think Eddie Lacy is going to become a household name. He is a unique talent who is a great kid and a hard worker for us. i really have enjoyed playing with him. I think we have a stable. I think that second running back spot is up for grabs right now and I am sure we will play a lot of young guys early to see who wants to reach up and grab that running back spot so I expect a lot from our running backs."
Seven starters are gone from an Alabama defense the led the SEC in total defense giving up 183 yards per game. They also led the league in scoring defense allowing eight points per game. Even with some holes to fill senior defensive lineman Damion Square expects the Crimson Tide to have a solid defense again in 2012. "We had great guys that played in the system but don't take away from the system. We have a great coach in coach Saban and defensive coordinator in Kirby Smart that goes in the film room every day as a job and prepares to compete against our opponent. The system is pretty dynamic. We have guys that he has recruited and evaluated over time to fit in those roles and if those guys come and be masters of their position than we will be a great unit as a whole."
Texas A&M will have a chance to see that defensive system first hand when they face Alabama November 10 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.