Williams's development will be a storyline of fall camp.
Breaking down the Crimson Tide roster three players at a time.
54 DE Jesse Williams (Jr.)
2010 season: Recorded 30 tackles, including six for loss, in seven games as a sophomore at Western Arizona Community College.
2011 spring practice: January enrollee who jumped into the mix at end during spring drills ... Underwent minor knee surgery prior to start of spring drills but didn't miss practice time ... Credited with an assisted tackle in the A-Day scrimmage.
What he brings to the table: He's a work in progress from a technical standpoint, but at a minimum Williams will provide a physical presence against the run at the end position ... In time, should be able to push the pocket as an inside pass rusher ... Along with fellow junior college transfer Quinton Dial, adds much needed competition at end.
56 DE William Ming (So.)
2010 season: Lone action came against Georgia State.
2011 spring practice: Competed for a support role behind spring starters Damion Square and Ed Stinson.
What he brings to the table: Ming's added some needed bulk in his first two years in the program, but arrivals of Williams and Dial might make it difficult for the redshirt sophomore to impact the depth chart at end.
58 DL Nick Gentry (Sr.)
2010 season: Recorded 14 tackles and a sack -- the first of his UA career -- while playing in all 13 games ... Saw action at both end and nose tackle.
2011 spring practice: Two tackles, including one for loss, in A-Day scrimmage ... Top back up to Josh Chapman at nose tackle.
What he brings to the table: Experienced performer who can swing between nose tackle and end ... Not the prototype nose tackle, but a better-than-you-think athlete who can get off blocks and get to the football ... Effiecient probably best describes Gentry, who has produced in limited snaps in the past.