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Tigers report: Strategy and personnel

 
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PROJECTED OFFENSIVE STARS
RB Justin Vincent -- He'll still have to share the ball in a deep and talented backfield, but he'll get ample opportunity to become one of the nation's top running backs. He looked the part last season, when, as a freshman, he rushed for 1,001 yards and 10 TDs, earning the MVP awards in both the SEC Championship Game and the Sugar Bowl. He had a game-record 201 rushing yards and two TDs vs. Georgia in the SEC title game and 117 yards and a TD in the national title game against Oklahoma.

WR Skyler Green -- He's already established himself as one of the nation's top return specialists, but now it's his turn to step into the spots vacated by Michael Clayton and Devery Henderson and become a standout receiver.

C Ben Wilkinson -- NFL scouts suggested he would have been the first center taken in the 2004 NFL draft if he had made himself available, but he decided to come back for his senior season and another chance to anchor a strong offensive line.

PROJECTED DEFENSIVE STARS
CB Corey Webster -- A unanimous first-team All-SEC selection, a first-team All-America choice by the American Football Coaches Association and a 2003 Thorpe Award semifinalist, Webster is back for his senior season ... and might see some time at receiver.

FS LaRon Landry -- Injuries early in the season opened the door for Landry to play as a true freshman and claim a starting spot. He never looked back, starting 10 games and earning freshman All-America honors. Now, imagine what he can do with a month of spring practice under his belt.

DE Marcus Spears -- One of the most athletic defensive ends in the nation -- witness his interception return for a touchdown in last season's Sugar Bowl -- Spears should contend for All-America honors this season.

INJURY IMPACT
WR Amp Hill, a top 2003 recruit, is still not at 100 percent after missing last season due to knee surgery. Hill was limited throughout the spring, but coach Nick Saban expects him to be ready for preseason practice.

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