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TRips: Dickson, Stinson and Taylor

Dickson is among several starting candidates at outside linebacker.

Breaking down the 2012 Crimson Tide roster three players at a time. Up next, linebacker Xzavier Dickson, defensive end Ed Stinson and offensive guard Alphonse Taylor.

47 OLB Xzavier Dickson (So.)
2011 season: Played in seven games as a true freshman, posting three tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
2012 spring practice: Worked with the first unit at jack on occasion, but wasn't able to establish himself as the starter by the end of spring drills. Some of that may have had to do with an ankle injury sustained during winter workouts, which continued to hamper Dickson during the early stages of spring drills. Posted a sack and a quarterback hurry in the A-Day game.
What he brings to the table: All the physical tools are in place for Dickson to take his place alongside Adrian Hubbard as a starter at outside linebacker. Now it's a matter of consistency, something we often talk about when looking at first- and second-year players.

49 DE Ed Stinson (Jr.)
2011 season: Played in all 13 games as a top reserve at end, posting 19 tackles, including five for loss, and a sack.
2012 spring practice: With Jesse Williams sliding inside to nose tackle, Stinson and Quinton Dial competed for starting honors at right end. Stinson worked with the White (first-team) defense in the A-Day game, racking up six tackles. One of four players to receive the Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award at the close of spring drills.
What he brings to the table: With a full season of reps at end under his belt, Stinson is on the verge of becoming an every down contributor at the position. Big and athletic, the former outside linebacker has shown flashes of playmaking ability, with his performance at Florida (three tackles for loss and a sack) last season serving as a prime example.

50 OG Alphonse Taylor (Fr.)
2011 season: Four-star prospect by 247sports.com. Enrolled at UA in January and participated in spring drills.
2012 spring practice: Taylor worked at nose tackle before moving to offensive guard following the first scrimmage of the spring.
What he brings to the table: Big people who have the skill set to help on either line of scrimmage have value. With Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack entering their final seasons in the program, Taylor could be a long-term answer at one of the interior offensive line spots.

Up next: 51 LS Carson Tinker; 51 NG Wilson Love; 53 DE Anthony Orr.

Also see:
1 Hart, 2 White and 2 Patrick
3 Sunseri, 4 Yeldon and 5 Black
6 Clinton-Dix, 6 Sims and 7 Anderson
7 Bell, 8 Pagan and 9 Dixon
10 McCarron, 10 Fulton and 12 Ely
13 Belue, 16 Sylve and 19 Atchison
20 Ja. Williams, 21 Calloway and 22 C. Jones
23 Washington, 25 Lee and 27 Perry
28 Milliner, 29 Mandell and 31 K. Johnson
32 Mosley, 33 DePriest and 35 N. Johnson
37 Lester, 42 Lacy and 42 Hubbard
43 Foster, 44 Fanning and 45 Fowler

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