Alabama's Williams switches spot on defensive line

By John Zenor

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 30 2012 11:55 a.m. MDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jesse Williams is lining up in a new spot on Alabama's defensive line this spring.

The heavily tattooed Aussie is working at noseguard after starting all of last season at defensive end.

He says the switch just means "a lot more crunching with a lot of different people." The Crimson Tide is seeking a successor to All-Southeastern Conference performer Josh Chapman in the middle of the front line.

The other candidates aren't nearly as experienced, including 360-pound freshman Alphonse Taylor, who enrolled in January, redshirt freshman Wilson Love and sophomore Brandon Ivory.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Williams has done well in the different role, but could easily move back to his old spot. Williams replaced Marcell Dareus last season after transferring from junior college.

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