It is no secret that when Alabama begins its defense of the BCS title in September, the defense will be considerably different than it was when they last stepped onto the field.
Names like Upshaw, Hightower, Kirkpatrick and Barron are gone. Many believe that the defense will be the biggest concern for Alabama and head coach Nick Saban going into fall practice. It will be, but not because of the losses that the Tide suffered in the offseason.
Defense is everything to Nick Saban. If there were no such thing as offense, Saban would still coach defense. It's what he does. So, yes, defense will be the primary concern for Alabama this fall.
Still, this defense will not really be tested until the Arkansas game in mid-September when Alabama begins its real season—SEC conference play.
Here are a few reasons why Tide fans can rest easy for the first few weeks of the season.