Countdown to kickoff: 84

From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 84 and what it means to UA football.

When Brad Smelley graduated and exited the Capstone for the start of his NFL career in Cleveland, he left a gaping hole at the H-back position. One man who might step up to fill his shoes is No. 84, Brian Vogler.

The 6-foot-7, 258-pound tight end/H-back presents an interesting option for offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Vogler spent the spring flipping between positions, and told TideNation in April that he's fine with either spot.

"I feel comfortable with both of them, so whatever one they choose to put me at will be fine with me," Vogler said. “You don’t see 6-foot-7, 260-pound H-backs so it’s a little different, a little more difficult trying to get down there with some of the shorter linebackers but it’s bringing new things to the game and teaching me a lot of things about the game."

His height make make him different, but it could also make him special. If Vogler and tight end Michael Williams can get on the field at the same time, that would present two enormous targets for AJ McCarron over the middle and in the flats.