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TRips: Williams, Ming and Pettway

A stout UA defense begins with Williams on the point.

Breaking down the 2012 Crimson Tide roster three players at a time. Up next, defensive lineman Jesse Williams, William Ming and D.J.Pettway.

54 DL Jesse Williams (Sr.)
2011 season: Started all 13 games at defensive end, posting 24 tackles, including four for loss.
2012 spring practice: Moved inside from end to nose tackle, where he quickly established himself as the starter. Posted two assisted tackles, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in A-Day game. Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award recipient at the close of spring drills.
What he brings to the table: You won’t see Williams on a lot of preseason all-america teams but ask opposing offensive coordinators and NFL scouts what they think about the Aussie. Compares favorably to Josh Chapman in terms of strength and a better athlete than Terrence Cody, Williams is a good bet to post higher tackle for loss numbers in 2012 than either of those guys did in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Being able to play five technique end and three technique tackle spots at the next level only increases value at next level.

56 DE William Ming (rJr.)
2011 season: Defensive scout team member.
2012 spring practice: Game of position pong continued for the former four-star recruit, who, after spending time at Jack linebacker, returned to the position he was originally recruited to play -- defensive end. Unfortunately for Ming, the road to playing time at end is more congested than outside linebacker.
What he brings to the table: A high character guy who has taken practice reps at multiple positions, Ming completed degree requirements in three years.

57 DE D.J. Pettway (rFr.)
2011 season: Defensive scout team member while redshirting.
2012 spring practice: Worked behind Ed Stinson and Quinton Dial at right end. Saw time with the White (first-team) defense as an interior pass rusher in the nickel and dime packages in the A-Day game.
What he brings to the table: Physically impressive prospect who can play end in the base defense as well as inside in passing situations. Combines with Jeoffrey Pagan and LaMichael Fanning to form next wave of promising defensive ends.

Up next: 61 OG Anthony Steen; 62 NG Brandon Ivory; 63 OL Kellen Williams.

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
47 Dickson, 49 Stinson and 50 Taylor
51 Tinker, 51 Love and 53 Orr

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