For a team looking to fill significant voids at linebacker and in the secondary, the wealth of experience returning on the defensive line is a haven for Nick Saban’s defense this season.
In particular, the depth at the defensive end segment is strong enough to withstand the move of senior Jesse Williams—who started all 13 games last season as a 5-technique defensive end—inside to nose tackle.
With Alabama running the 3-4 alignment, the 2012 edition of the Crimson Tide will feature a trio of upperclassmen who all played a role in helping the 2011 defense lead the country in rush defense, pass defense, total defense and scoring defense.
Seniors Damion Square and Quinton Dial, along with junior Ed Stinson will make up the foundation of a formidable unit that should remain stout against the run and the pass.
Meanwhile, a promising group of pass-rushers from the 2011 class are ready to step up and give Tide fans a glimpse of what is in store for the future of the position.
So what can Crimson Tide fans expect from the defensive end group in 2012?
Find out in the latest positional breakdown of the Tide’s roster.