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Sleepers to watch as Alabama begins spring practice this week

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On Friday, Nick Saban will return to midseason form. 

Recruiting is over and the University of Alabama football program has put the College Football Playoff national title game versus Clemson in its rearview mirror. The best way to return to dominance is for one to redirect its focus and get back to what created success from the start. 

For Saban, it was superior assistant coaches, players understanding the importance of the Crimson Tide’s standard, and opposition shaking upon seeing Alabama on schedule that generated an unprecedented run of national championships since his third year in 2009. 

After blowing up the coaching staff for a second straight offseason and signing the No. 1 recruiting class for 2019, Saban is ready to show college football once again on why he is the most revered coach in the sport.

In order to accomplish this, the 67-year-old is going to need some help from players that not a lot of fans and media personnel recognize as crucial names. 

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While spring practice allows us to see the student-athletes we have grown fond of, it also provides an opportunity for a few sleepers to rise and catch the league by storm. 

Listed below are five players to keep an eye on, starting this week. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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