Lester led the SEC in interceptions in 2010.
Breaking down the Crimson Tide roster three players at a time:
37 S Robert Lester (Jr.)
2010 season: Led the SEC with eight interceptions, a total that placed second nationally ... Second-team all-SEC and second-team all-america by the Walter Camp Football Foundation ... started all 13 games.
2011 spring practice: Shook off shaky start to drills to post nine tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup in the last two scrimmages of spring practice.
What he brings to the table: Still trying to achieve consistency a coach like Nick Saban demands, but Lester has a knack for finding the football and making a play on it when he gets there ... In teaming with Mark Barron, the redshirt junior will assist in forming one of college football's top safety duos.
41 JLB Courtney Upshaw (Sr.)
2010 season: Despite suffering a high ankle sprain in the opener that would hobble him for the remainder of the regular season, Upshaw led the team in tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (7) as a junior ... Named MVP of the Capital One Bowl after posting five tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble in Alabama's 49-7 win over Michigan State.
2011 spring practice: In three scrimmages, Upshaw recorded 17 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack and an interception ... Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award recipient.
What he brings to the table: Upshaw has gone from first-year starter in 2010 to the kind of force opposing offensive coordinators spend a good bit of time game planning for ... Will demand extra attention, which should free up others to make plays ... Veteran leader who has played in 40 games in three seasons at UA.
42 RB Eddie Lacy (So.)
2010 season: As UA's third option at running back, Lacy rushed for 406 yards and six touchdowns ... Recorded four tackles on kickoff coverage ... Capped redshirt freshman season with touchdown runs of 62 and 12 yards in Capital One Bowl.
2011 spring practice: In three scrimmages, Lacy rushed for 158 yards on 24 carries ... Rushed for 92 yards and three touchdowns in first scrimmage ... Exited spring as top backup to Trent Richardson ... Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award recipient.
What he brings to the table: Like Richardson, big, strong back who has shown homerun ability when healthy ... Improving as a receiver and pass blocker, areas where Richardson holds the biggest edges over his competition ... Ball security issues from a season ago didn't resurface in the spring.
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