A look at who could be the top target for AJ McCarron this fall

Alabama heads back to the practice field this afternoon for another spring workout. That means more competition at the wide receiver position. Here’s a look at that …

TUSCALOOSA — In the not-so distant past, Kenny Bell hinted at his future.

Once buried on the receiver depth chart at Alabama, the sophomore broke a few big ones late in last season’s national championship run, showing that his time was near.

Now that 64 percent of the Tide’s 2011 receiving yardage and the top four targets have departed, Bell figures to be at the forefront of the evolving 2012 offense. He was No. 5 on the receiving list a year ago. Two late-season catches stood out. Bell was on the receiving end of a perfectly executed flea flicker, resulting in a 41-yard touchdown that kick-started a 42-14 pounding of Auburn. A few weeks later in a 21-0 win over LSU for the national title, he took a quick screen 26 yards up the sideline on a fast-break drive that opened the second half.

“The momentum I had last year from being in the championship game,” Bell said, “I carried it into this year.”

And that figures to be a whole new world for the Alabama offense.

New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and shifting personnel mean spring practice requires “learning a new offense,” Bell said.

Though early in the process with just a few practices in the books, this new approach appears to include added sizzle.

“It’s more down the field and more explosive for the receivers,” Bell said.

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