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Breaking down the 2012 Crimson Tide roster three players at a time. Up next, wide receiver Kenny Bell, defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and cornerback Travell Dixon.

7 WR Kenny Bell (So.)
2011 season: Played in all 13 games, making four starts. Bell is the Crimson Tide's leading returning receiver after catching 17 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
2012 spring practice: Stepped into a starting role at the X receiver spot. Caught eight passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns in scrimmage work.
What he brings to the table: Blessed with excellent speed, the redshirt junior can take the top off a defense, something the Alabama offense will likely look to do with greater frequency in 2012. He's also showing signs of being able to finish plays, something he's struggled with at times during his UA career.

8 DE Jeoffrey Pagan (So.)
2011 season: As the lone UA true freshman defensive lineman to see the field a season ago, Pagan played in six games, posting four assisted tackles.
2012 spring practice: The top backup to Damion Square at left end, Pagan was one of five players to receive the Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award.
What he brings to the table: Signs of physical improvement following initial run through Fourth Quarter program were evident in the spring, as Pagan took on a more streamlined and athletic look. Given that he'll be 21 months removed from an ACL injury once fall camp opens in August, Pagan is on the verge of maximizing his vast potential. For now, he'll provide support to one of the deepest defensive end units in college football.

9 CB Travell Dixon (Jr.)
2011 season: A first-team NJCAA all-american at Eastern Arizona Community College, Dixon recorded 39 tackles with four interceptions, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery. Ranked the No. 9 overall JUCO prospect in the nation by
2012 spring practice: Worked behind starter Dee Milliner at left corner and also saw time at the star position in the nickel and dime packages. Recorded six tackles and a pass breakup in the A-Day game.
What he brings to the table: Dixon has the physical tools needed to excel in the secondary. However, fellow JUCO transfer Deion Belue seemed to reach a comfort level with SEC pace of play a tad quicker than Dixon. That's where summer workouts will prove extremely helpful to Dixon, who will head into fall camp as the fourth corner behind Milliner, John Fulton and Belue.

Up next: 10 QB A.J. McCarron; 10 CB John Fulton; 12 QB Phillip Ely.

Also see:
1 Hart, 2 White and 2 Patrick
3 Sunseri, 4 Yeldon and 5 Black
6 Clinton-Dix, 6 Sims and 7 Anderson

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