Eric Gray made big strides in the off-season and expects to compete for playing time at cornerback.
Rising junior Jeffrey Dukes had an outstanding spring and is poised for a break-out junior year after coming from junior college a year ago.
Carter (left), Travis Robinson (middle) and Dukes (right) discuss something while the first-team defensive backs unit is on the field. Robinson, from Tuscaloosa's Hillcrest High, will be a sophomore in 2005.
Roman Harper reacts to the Brodie Croyle pass. Harper, along with Ryans, was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, symbolic as the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.
Freddie Roach has shown the ability to play inside and outside linebacker, or as a pass-rush defensive end. He is expected to anchor the Tide at middle linebacker in the fall.