Photo report: 2002's new starters

Though a few of them bring extensive playing experience to the job, nine Tide athletes will step up to assume the role of full-time starter in 2002.

Shaud Williams (right) sat out last year, following his transfer from Texas Tech. But this season he's listed No. 1 at A-Back, at punt returns and returning kickoffs.

Listed first string at one defensive end spot, Nautyn McKay-Loescher actually started three games in 2001. "The Chief" played in all 12 games last season, totaling 32 tackles and three quarterback sacks.

Shown working on kickoffs at practice, Michael Ziifle finished two-a-days listed No. 1 at placekicker. He's also currently the backup punter and kickoff man.

Despite being possibly the best all-around athlete on the receiving corps, Dre Fulgham's production at wideout has so far been limited. But the junior enters 2002 listed first string at H or Slotback.

Though he finished 2001 as a backup to Reggie Myles, Charles Jones saw action in 10 of Bama's 11 games last season, starting five. He's being challenged by Roman Harper for his starting job at free safety, but so far Jones has held him off.

A redshirt sophomore, 2002 will mark David Cavan's first action for Alabama. Always noted as an excellent receiver, Cavan has bulked up to 256 pounds and is listed first at strongside tight end.

Faced with the challenge of replacing Saleem Rasheed, now departed for the NFL, redshirt freshman Freddie Roach is ready. He has so far held off the challenge from Derrick Pope and is listed No. 1 at middle linebacker.

One of the best weight lifters on the squad, senior Theo Sanders now hopes to translate that athleticism onto the field. He's listed first string at W/Fullback and will be counted on to play an important role in the 2002 Tide offense.

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