There would be no success for the Alabama Crimson Tide without their great defense. Nick Saban has always made it a point to have a great defense. 2013 NCAA Football season should see more of the same stingy defense that has Bama in the hunt for the last BCS Title.
Alabama’s Defensive Line
Despite, the high-powered read-option offenses and high scoring in College Football, Crimson Tide seems to make them all stand still. The unsung warriors on most defenses begin upfront on the defensive lines. Alabama’s defensive line loss the powerful Jesse Williams and fans should not expect such strong football player should be easily replaced. However, junior, Brandon Ivory will get the shot to be the anchor of Bama’s stingy defensive line. Ivory may lack the strength of Williams, but he definitely makes up for it with his speed. At 6’4 310 lbs, you would probably consider Ivory massive, but his expected backup sophomore Darren Lake tips the scale at 324 lbs and stands 6’3. Lake will have to work on technique, but you cannot teach size. Sophomore LaMichael Fanning will put pressure on quarterbacks with his speed when Bama lines up in the 3-4. It is a scary sight for an opposing quarterback to see Fanning 6-7 270lbs frame bearing down on them with all that speed.
Many Alabama’s football fans may be cheering for incoming freshman A’Shawn Robinson before season’s end. He is a defensive tackle that is possibly the best of the incoming freshman class in the entire country. He is 6’4 320lbs. If Robinson can live up to the hype, he will be special player in years to come. For now, he must wait until it is his turn. Other notable incoming recruits for the Crimson Tide are defensive tackle Dee Liner, and defensive end Tim Williams. Defensive lines probably will never get too many headlines, but for the Alabama’s linebackers, they will get enough press throughout the College Football season.
The brightest spot in the linebacking corps is outside linebacker C.J. Mosley. Mosley could tackle almost anything moving. He led the team in tackles with 107. He had 4 sacks. Mosley is joined by other linebackers that could start in the NFL someday, and they are 6-6, 252lbs Adrian Hubbard and 6-3 265lbs junior Xzavier Dickerson. Hubbard can play the run well and along with his experience, you should expect few mistakes on his behalf. You should not let the size of Dickerson fool you; he can get at the quarterback with his speed. Nick Saban recruits talented players, and he managed to snag the best middle linebacker in the incoming freshmen class when Reuben Foster decided to play with Alabama.
Alabama’s Defensive Secondary
The Alabama’s defensive secondary will have to depend on players, senior cornerback Deion Belue and junior safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Neither player is last year’s star Dee Milliner, but both players should be solid. No jokes or punch lines for Ha Ha Dix, because he could be Bama’s next star at defensive back. He has good instincts and he used those instincts to lead the team with 5 interceptions. If Dix gets his hand on the ball, he could turn it into a pick 6. When you consider, the pass rush the elite linebackers will put on opposing quarterbacks, it should greatly help the defensive secondary. The secondary will also have players like junior Vinnie Sunseri and sophomore Geno Smith will see some action.
Alabama’s Special Teams
The special teams will be solid. You should look for players Christion Jones and Cyrus Jones to handle the kickoff and punt returns. Christion is quite dangerous on returns. He averaged almost 27 yards on kick returns and 10 yards when returning punts. Cyrus Jones averaged nearly 25 yards on returns. The kicker Cade Foster must improve his mid-range kicking ability. Senior punter Cody Mandell was solid last season and I expect more of the same for the upcoming 2013 College Football Season. He puts opposing offenses under the gun by landing 19 of his kickoffs inside the 20. When you have such a great defense, you only need little help from your punter.
Opposing offenses will have a tough time with the Alabama’s defense. More than the offense, the defense will be greatest factor that leads to Alabama winning its last BCS Championship. The NCAA Football switches to a 4-team playoff format for the 2014-2015 College Football Season. With another BCS title win, you could begin to scream Alabama College Football dynasty.
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