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This Jan. 9, 2012 file photo shows Alabama head coach Nick Saban looking on during the BCS National Championship football game against the LSU Tigers in New Orleans. Saban has parlayed the Crimson Tide's second national championship in three years into a raise and contract extension. The university's board of trustees approved a two-year extension for Saban on Monday that will run through Jan. 31, 2020. He'll receive $5.32 million in 2012 with a $50,000 raise next year and $100,000 annually after that. Under the deal, he'll make $5.97 million in 2019.

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.