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TRips: Hart, White and Patrick

Hart looks to have recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him in 2011.

Breaking down the 2012 Crimson Tide roster three players at a time. Leading off this year's series: Dee Hart, DeAndrew White and Tana Patrick.

1 RB Dee Hart (rFr.)
2011 season: Sat out the season after sustaining a torn ACL during summer workouts.
2012 spring practice: With starter Eddie Lacy sidelined by a toe injury, Hart joined Jalston Fowler and T.J. Yeldon in forming UA's top three options at running back during spring drills. Rushed for 76 yards on 18 carries in scrimmage work.
What he brings to the table: Showed pre-injury burst of speed on A-Day, picking up a scrimmage-long 23 yards on one of his five carries. While Yeldon stole the show in the spring's final scrimmage, it's worth noting that Hart was being talked about in similar terms as Yeldon just 12 months ago.

2 WR DeAndrew White (rSo.)
2011 season: Played in 12 games a season ago, catching 14 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Made starts against Kent State and Mississippi State.
2012 spring practice: Worked behind Kenny Bell at the X receiver spot. Caught seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in scrimmage work. Sustained a concussion during an altercation shortly after the completion of spring drills but should be ready to go when fall camp gets underway.
What he brings to the table: Showed flashes of vertical play-making ability in 2011. As is the case with the rest of the rotation the question is, can White produce on a consistent basis? Specifically, he needs to continue to make strength gains, which will help him combat man coverage -- and finish plays once he beats it.

2 ILB Tana Patrick (rJr.)
2011 season: Saw action in 10 games, recording seven total tackles as a reserve inside linebacker.
2012 spring practice: Worked behind Trey DePriest at weakside linebacker. Crimson team's second-leading tackler in the A-Day game, posting seven total stops.
What he brings to the table: Entering his fourth year in the program, Patrick is a veteran performer who understands the defense and is solid against the run. Unfortunately for the Bridgeport native, he's the fourth inside linebacker in a three-man rotation.

Up next: 3 Vinnie Sunseri; 4 T.J. Yeldon; 5 Chris Black.

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