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Crimson Cover sources indicate converted tight end Dakota Ball has been outstanding as a run blocker thus far in fall camp and is positioning himself well for significant playing time this year. Ball had previously been buried among a deep group of defensive linemen. But with the Crimson Tide in search of a more consistent blocker at tight end, Ball was given a chance to switch positions when camp began. By all indications, the sophomore from Lindale, Ga., has taken every advantage. At 6-2, 280 pounds, he's got more than enough size to open holes in the running game up front for the Crimson Tide. The question, at this point, appears to be whether Ball will merely operate as an extra tight end for goal line and short-yardage situations, or have an even larger role than that. Crimson Cover sources indicate the first possibility is probably the worst-case scenario for Ball. Don't look for Ball to be much of a threat as a receiver, but if he proves to be one of Alabama's two best blockers at the position, he should see plenty of action this fall.