Pictures help tell the story

Pictures are often more valuable than words, and these several photos help answer some questions for Alabama fans. <br><br>Is Watts recovered? Has Bama's new coach arrived yet? What about Shaud Williams? Bama's newest squad member? Is team morale OK? Just how impressive is Freddie Roach? And Mark Anderson at linebacker?

After suffering a seriously torn groin muscle in the early going versus MSU, Tide quarterback Tyler Watts was forced to sit out the remaining three games of the season. If needed Watts could have played in the Independence Bowl, and now he is fully recovered and ready for spring drills.

After accepting Coach Fran's offer to join the Alabama staff, new Safeties Coach Melvin Smith wasted no time in heading to Tuscaloosa. Shown here Wednesday outside the Football Complex, Smith will be a valuable addition to Bama's already talented group of assistants.

Forced to sit out last season after transferring in from Texas Tech, Shaud Williams remains a mostly unknown quantity to most Alabama fans. But the 5-8 dynamo of a tailback plans to remedy that situation as quickly as he can this spring.

Fullback Donnie Lowe (right) speaks to Alabama's newest squad member just before wind sprints. Leslie Williams was on the team during the '99 and '00 seasons, but was not in school during Franchione's initial year. The first time around Williams was a little-used backup at defensive end, but at this point plans are to try the 6-5 Georgia native on offense.

Led by senior cornerback Gerald Dixon (back to camera), the defensive backs fire each other up prior to the start of another conditioning drill. On a Franchione-coached team, being enthusiastic and vocally supporting your teammates are not optional.

Like Shaud Williams, the debut of middle linebacker Freddie Roach has been much-anticipated by Tide fans. Shown sprinting through a bag drill, Roach has been praised by Carl Torbush as the prototypical middle linebacker, powerful and agressive against the run--with good speed and hands for pass defense.

After impressing the defensive coaches all season on the scout team at defensive end, redshirt freshman Mark Anderson will now be given a long look at outside linebacker. Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush says that Anderson reminds him of the tall, speedy linebackers he coached to success at North Carolina.

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