Behind-the-scenes work continues

Though fans won't read about it in the papers or see it on TV, Alabama's football team continues hard at work, preparing for spring drills just around the corner. <br><br>While Coach Price was in Hawaii for a coaches' convention, the athletes kept working in the weight room. And the arrival of Tim Bowens completed the Tide staff.

(Above left) Junior safety Chris James demonstrates excellent "hops" during a conditioning session.

Sophomore Taylor Britt cleans the bar to chest level. After transferring to Alabama from UAB, Britt sat out last season. He's expected to contend for playing time at defensive tackle. That's defensive end Jonathan Brunson behind Britt on the right side of the photo.

Grant Dickey also sat out last season, redshirting along with most of the true freshmen class. Dickey is viewed as a versatile lineman, capable of playing just about any position on the offensive line.

Brooks Daniels (left), Ray Hudson (middle with back to camera) and Antwan Odom talk during last week's workout. All three veteran athletes are expected to play key roles on next year's squad. For Daniels it will be his third season starting at outside linebacker. Odom is expected to claim the starting job at one defensive end slot all for himself. And many expect the fleet Hudson to flourish in the new offensive attack.

While fans wonder which two athletes will fill the holes in Bama's starting offensive lineup, senior Dennis Alexander has quietly been having an excellent off season. No one has ever doubted Alexander's potential, and the Memphis native was there the first day Coach Price arrived on campus, talking to Price and line Coach Bobby Connelly about what he needs to do to start. The Tide coaches would like him to weigh no more than 305 pounds, and Alexander has already lost 15 pounds.

This past week marked the official return of Tim Bowens to Tuscaloosa. Shown talking to Coach Steve Martin (left) in the weight room, Bowens assumed Randy Ross' old job as Director of High School Relations. He'll also help with camps and on-campus recruiting. Bowens is the half brother of middle linebacker Freddie Roach and Tide signee Will Roach. "Both of them ended up bigger than me," he told with a laugh. "I guess they just ate more than I did growing up."

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