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  • Catch Nick Saban's last press conference before Tide's 2012 opener (video)

    If there was one surprise on UA's two-deep depth chart, it was at H-back, where walk-on senior Kelly Johnson was listed as the starter.

    Saban said the main reason Johnson won the H-back job was his experience and familiarity with Alabama's system.


    "Kelly's been in the program a long time," Saban said. "So he's much more veteran than any of those other guys. He's a tough guy, a good blocker, and he's done a really nice job at H."

    Johnson grew up watching coach Saban's teams, and that inspired him to walk on at Alabama after getting scholarship offers only from a few Division II schools.

    Video of the press conference at the jump.