Kurt Freitag came to Alabama from Buford (Georgia) High School in 2012 and redshirted during his freshman season. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end chose Alabama over other SEC schools and some ACC schools. He was ranked as a top 25 tight end by all the recruiting sites. ESPNU ranked him the 25th best player in the state of Georgia.
Look for Freitag to get some playing time in 2013. His playing time should increase as the season progresses and in 2014.
After recording over 100 tackles and 10 sacks in his senior season at Norcross High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Adrian Hubbard signed with Alabama in 2010 as one of the top defensive linemen the nation. ESPNU ranked him the number five defensive end, while Rivals.com ranked him tenth.
In his first year Hubbard played in nine games for Alabama and recorded nine tackles. His season high of two tackles came on the road against Florida.
Hubbard played in all of Alabama’s 14 games in the 2012 season and recorded 41 tackles along with 7 sacks. The SEC named him the defensive player of the week after his 12 tackles (career-best) against LSU in Baton Rouge.
Look for Hubbard to make a big impact for the Crimson Tide in 2013 and move on to the NFL following the season. He reportedly, considered declaring after the 2012 season, but decided against it. NFL analysts appear to be high on the junior linebacker; Bama fans should be, too.
Usually, no one knows the kicker’s name until he messes up. This wasn’t the case when Cade Foster arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2010. He was highly touted coming out of Southlake Carroll High School. Alabama fans knew his name long before he ever messed up.
Foster played in every Alabama game in 2010. He made seven of his nine field goal attempts and made all seven PAT attempts. He averaged 65.2 yards on his 84 kickoffs with 10 being touchbacks.
In 2011, the nation got to know Foster. He averaged 63.3 yards per kick with 81 kickoffs on the season. He got national attention for making one of four field goal attempts in the “Game of the Century” against LSU. For the season, he made two of nine field goal tries.
Fans were pleased with Foster’s improvements in the kickoff game. He had 99 kickoffs with 46 touchbacks and a 64 yard average. His career-long field goal came against Florida Atlantic when he connected on a 52-yard attempt.
During Alabama’s 2013 A-Day game, Foster showed plenty of improvement by connecting on a 29 yard field goal attempt, his only attempt. He also had four kickoffs for a 65 yard average and one touchback.
The 2013 Cade Foster should be improved from what fans saw in 2012 because he continues to show improvement throughout his time at Alabama.