There are college football teams that reach that enviable point of "reload rather than rebuild." Teams of such strength can recruit for the best football players regardless of position. Most teams, though, have to fill at least a position or two and have specific recruiting needs. Ideally, those needs can be addressed two or three years before the situation is made urgent by graduation and/or injury.
July 5, 2005
A recent list of Alabama's football players who could play for most other teams included all of the starting skill position players and even a back-up or two on offense and most of the defensive players, excluding a couple of linemen. Bama's unsettled kickers did not make the list. But it was a surprise to some that Crimson Tide center JB Closner was not included.
May 9, 2005
Center is one of the positions where Alabama's football team has a returning starter in 2004, and most believe that Jon Bennett Closner has a huge upside. JB (he doesn't put periods after the letters) stayed in Tuscaloosa throughout the summer to work out and his position coach, Bobby Connelly, considers Closner a team leader and a man who is headed for excellence on the football field.
June 29, 2004
Once again Alabama fell short, and the loss was made all the more painful by the fact that the Tide could have won the game on several occasions had it only made one more play. But Bama's effort was definitely improved from the week before.
October 27, 2003
After witnessing the birth of his second daughter and staying at the hospital all night with his family, Tide Head Coach Mike Shula might have been a little tired and in need of a shave. But he made a point to be at Sunday evening practice to work with the team.
September 29, 2003