Tide opens spring practice with holes on defense

From the AP: The Tide is an early, early favorite to open next season ranked No. 1 thanks to an offense that returns eight starters, including Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Mark Ingram and wide receiver Julio Jones.

Alabama worked out for about two hours on Friday before beginning spring break with practice set to resume March 22. A defense that has been among the nation’s best the past two years must replace nine starters, including three All-Americans.

“Especially with the young guys we have on defense, it’s good to expose them,” coach Nick Saban said. “It gives them something to take home with them during the break.”


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    The headline that the Defense has “holes” is mis-leading. Yes, Bama lost numerous starters on D but there is incredible talent on hand to replace them. Ex: Josh Chapman, with tons of playing time the past two years, will fill in at Cody’s spot. Likewise a healthy Donte Hightower for McClain. I could give other examples, but you get the picture. With the talent Saban has assembled, Alabama doesn’t rebuild anymore, it reloads.

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    good move – kirby smart moving to coach the linebackers …new guy co coaching db’s with nick

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