Five players to watch in 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Potential is a tricky thing. You marvel at the possibilities, forming grand expectations at your mind. You see what could be and imagine a future in which it all comes to fruition.

But potential is nothing more than what could be, and sometimes, what never will.

College football is a great study of potential. Sites like this one dissect and discuss it every day. We measure it and place a value on it. We quantify it in stars and rank and re-rank and rank again – all based upon projections.