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Countdown: Hill, Gulledge & Arie K.

For now, Hill's development is all about his weight.

Breaking down the Crimson Tide roster three players at a time. Today's trio: Brandon Hill, Caleb Gulledge and Arie Kouandjio.

73 OT Brandon Hill] (Fr.)
2012 season: Spent a season at Hargrave Military Academy after coming up short of qualifying standards in 2012. Enrolled at UA in January and took part in spring drills.
2013 spring practice: Hill arrived on campus north of 400 pounds. With assists from Alabama's nutritional and strength and conditioning staffs, he's since dipped into the 300s, with a target weight of 350 in mind. Worked at right tackle with a mixture of 1s and 3s in the A-Day game.
What he brings to the table: While his central focus for the upcoming season will be on dropping pounds, Hill isn't exactly sloppy in appearance. In a word, he's massive. When Hill gets to his desired weight, he probably won't look all that different. The biggest difference will come in his ability to practice at the required tempo. Projects as a future starter at tackle or guard.

74 OL Caleb Gulledge (rFr.)
2012 season: Worked with the scout team offense while redshirting.
2013 spring practice: Worked at left tackle with a mixture of 1s and 3s in the A-Day game.
What he brings to the table: Tackle or guard? The question for Gulledge is the same one confronting some other young linemen on the roster. Looking ahead to 2014, exactly who will fill the role at left tackle is anything but a certainty. Based on Alabama's recruiting efforts for the 2014 class, inside or right tackle might be where Gulledge ultimately takes his mail. When looking for a career path to emulate, Austin Shepherd's would be a good one for Gulledge to follow.

77 OG Arie Kouandjio (rJr.)
2012 season: Saw action in 11 games, picking up his second letter in the process.
2013 spring practice: Exited drills as the leading candidate to replace Chance Warmack at guard, joining his brother Cyrus on the left side. Started for the White team (first-team offense) in the A-Day game. Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award recipient.
What he brings to the table: Some of the best news to come from Alabama's camp over the last football calendar year was that Kouandjio managed to remain upright. A year ago, there was speculation that his prior knee problems were career threatening, but he has quieted that talk for the time being. Like another projected first-year starter -- right tackle Shepherd -- Kouandjio heads into his fourth year in the program, so it's not like he enters the fray without some semblance of experience.

Also see:
Countdown: 1 Hart, 2 White and 3 Henry
Countdown: 3 Sunseri, 4 Yeldon and 5 Black
Countdown: 5 Cy. Jones, 6 Clinton-Dix and 6 Sims
Countdown: 7 Bell, 7 Anderson and 8 Pagan
Countdown: 9 Cooper, 10 McCarron and 10 Fulton
Countdown: 11 Morris, 11 Patrick and 13 Belue
Countdown: 14 Del Rio, 15 McLeod and 16 Sylve
Countdown: 17 Drake, 18 Ragland and 18 Bateman
Countdown: 19 Miller, 20 J. Williams and 22 Ch. Jones
Countdown: 23 Washington, 24 Smith and 25 Lee
Countdown: 26 Collins, 27 Perry and 29 Mandell
Countdown: 30 Devall, 32 Mosley and 33 DePriest
Countdown: 41 Freitag, 42 Hubbard and 43 Foster
Countdown: 44 Fanning, 45 Fowler and 47 Dickson
Countdown: 49 Stinson, 50 Taylor and 51 Love
Countdown: 53 Orr, 54 Tomlinson and 58 Greene
Countdown: 61 Steen, 63 Williams and 68 Luatua
Countdown: 70 Kelly, 71 C. Kouandjio and 72 Brown

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