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Countdown: Lindsay, Shep & Falkins

Lindsay has taken reps at both guard and center.

Breaking down the Crimson Tide roster three players at a time. Today's trio: Chad Lindsay, Austin Shepherd and Raheem Falkins.

78 OL Chad Lindsay (rJr.)
2012 season: Saw action in 10 games as a redshirt sophomore, earning his second letter in the process. Worked at left guard with the second-team offense.
2013 spring practice: Primary backup to Ryan Kelly at center. Started for the Crimson team in the A-Day game.
What he brings to the table: One of three offensive linemen from the 2010 recruiting class to make their way onto the two-deep, Lindsay is a solid depth provider at both interior spots. Nice short-term insurance policy should Kelly go down.

79 OT Austin Shepherd (rJr.)
2012 season: Picked up his second letter after seeing action in 10 games as a redshirt sophomore. Served as top backup at right tackle for second straight season.
2013 spring practice: The battle between Shepherd and junior college transfer Leon Brown for the starting right tackle position quickly became a one-horse race, as Shepherd took the job by the throat early in drills and never looked back. In addition to starting at tackle in the A-Day game, also saw action at right guard in the scrimmage. Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award recipient.
What he brings to the table: Not the physical presence DJ Fluker was, but a more than adequate replacement at the position. Known for having a bit of a nasty disposition on the field, Shepherd gets the job done in the run game and is better than you think in pass protection. With Anthony Steen lined up to Shepherd's left, don't look for much of a drop-off where the right side of the Alabama offensive line is concerned in 2013. Along with his girlfriend, Jenna King, Shepherd established the Austin Shepherd Foundation, whose efforts benefit Children's Hospital of Alabama.

80 WR Raheem Falkins (Fr.)
2012 season: As a senior at G.W. Carver High School in New Orleans, Falkins caught 47 passes for 1,058 yards and 14 touchdowns. Received a four-star ranking from and earned first-team 2A All-State honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2012. Enrolled at UA in January and took part in spring drills
2013 spring practice: Started for the Crimson team (second-team offense) at the Z receiver spot in the A-Day game. Caught three passes for 43 yards in the spring's final scrimmage, including 31-yard catch and run on a crossing route.
What he brings to the table: Falkins didn't get the memo about Alabama being loaded with veteran playmakers at his position. The youngster turned heads in his first practices with the Crimson Tide, finishing the spring squarely in the mix for playing time in the fall. In addition to giving the offense another big target in the red zone, the 6-foot-4 Falkins covers a good bit of ground with very little effort. While it's important to keep in mind that Kevin Norwood is expected to be healthy and ready to go in August, Falkins looks as if he'lll be a fixture in the rotation for years to come.

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
Countdown: 73 Hill, 74 Gulledge and 77 A. Kouandjio

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