Of the numerous losses off last season’s Crimson Tide defense that topped the nation in the major four defensive categories, Nick Saban’s outside linebacker unit may have the most experience to replace.
A trio of seniors have moved on—headlined by BCS title game defensive MVP Courtney Upshaw—and only one upperclassmen (junior Jonathan Atchison) remains on the roster.
Although Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart may have to deal with a youth movement at that position, there will be a few intriguing young talents to plug into the two outside openings on the middle level of the Crimson Tide’s defense.
Adrian Hubbard and Xzavier Dickson are a pair of sophomores expected to make waves this season, plus Alabama brought in three highly sought after recruits—a pair of which enrolled early in January—that will enter the mix for playing time.
So what can Crimson Tide fans expect from its young group of outside linebackers?
Find out in the latest positional breakdown of the Alabama roster.