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TRips: Lester, Lacy and Hubbard

Lester enters his third season as a starter.

Breaking down the 2012 Crimson Tide roster three players at a time. Up next, safety Robert Lester, running back Eddie Lacy and linebacker Adrian Hubbard.

37 S Robert Lester (Sr.)
2011 season: Started all 13 games, extending his starting streak to 26 consecutive contests. Recorded 39 tackles and two interceptions.
2012 spring practice: Lone returning starter in a secondary looking to replace three regulars from a season ago. Intercepted A.J. McCarron on first play from scrimmage in A-Day game. Also recorded three solo tackles and a pass breakup. Joined Barrett Jones as Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award recipient.
What he brings to the table: Another experienced player in the middle of the UA defense, Lester has a strong understanding of what awaits the Crimson Tide in Fayetteville and Baton Rouge. While he'll be counted on to lead the secondary, newcomers like Vinnie Sunseri and HaHa Clinton-Dix shouldn't require much guidance. That should free up Lester to make plays himself.

42 RB Eddie Lacy (Jr.)
2011 season: UA's second-leading rusher as a sophomore, Lacy churned out 674 yards (7.1 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns on 95 carries. Also caught 11 passes for 134 yards.
2012 spring practice: Sidelined for all of spring drills after undergoing toe surgery following 2011 season.
What he brings to the table: If his surgically repaired toe is a non-issue, Lacy's more than capable of becoming the third UA back since 2009 to rush for more than 1,600 yards. Made strides as a receiver in 2011, an overlooked but critical component of the passing game.

42 LB Adrian Hubbard (So.)
2011 season: Recorded nine tackles, including 1.5 for loss, while seeing action in nine games as a redshirt freshman. Worked mostly as a pass rush specialist in Alabama's nickel and dime packages.
2012 spring practice: Started at jack linebacker for White (first-team) defense in A-Day game, but also saw time at strongside throughout the spring. Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the A-Day Game Award recipient after racking up seven tackles, including four for loss, and three sacks. Also received Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award at close of spring practice. One of a few players to undergo sports hernia repair after A-Day, is expected to be ready to go in August..
What he brings to the table: Long and athletic, Hubbard could become UA's very own version of Jason Taylor at the jack linebacker position. He's also better than you think in coverage. Like Dont'a Hightower before him, look for defensive coordinator Kirby Smart to bring Hubbard from a variety of angles in passing situations.

Up next: 43 PK Cade Foster; 44 DE LaMichael Fanning; 45 RB Jalston Fowler.

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

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