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Alabama head coach Nick Saban, center left, talks (Credit: AP)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban, center left, talks to his players during the team's NCAA college football practice. (Aug 17, 2012)

Alabama Crimson Tide preseason

The University of Alabama is ranked No. 2 on AP's Top 25 list to begin the season.

Alabama assistant coach Bobby Williams runs the tight
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Alabama assistant coach Bobby Williams runs the tight ends through drills during NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 15, 2012)

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron throws a pass during
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Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron throws a pass during NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 15, 2012)

Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones runs drills during
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Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones runs drills during NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 15, 2012)

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Alabama assistant head coach Jeff Stoutland, center right,
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Alabama assistant head coach Jeff Stoutland, center right, runs the offensive line through drills during the team's NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 17, 2012)

Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell (7) runs drills
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Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell (7) runs drills during the team's NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 17, 2012)

Alabama quarterback Alec Morris (11) and running back
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Alabama quarterback Alec Morris (11) and running back Blake Sims (6) runs drills during the team's NCAA college football practice. (Aug 17, 2012)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban, center left, talks
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban, center left, talks to his players during the team's NCAA college football practice. (Aug 17, 2012)

Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner warms up before
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Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner warms up before an NCAA college football scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. (Aug. 18, 2012)

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Alabama wide receiver Danny Woodson Jr. (81) prepares
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Alabama wide receiver Danny Woodson Jr. (81) prepares to make a catch during the NCAA college football team's practice. (Aug 21, 2012)

Alabama coach Nick Saban watches the NCAA college
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Alabama coach Nick Saban watches the NCAA college football team's practice. (Aug 21, 2012)

Alabama Coach Nick Saban gestures before the NCAA
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Alabama Coach Nick Saban gestures before the NCAA college football team's scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Aug 18, 2012)

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