Alabama Football: Spring Practice Preview for the Linebackers

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Alabama Football: Spring Practice Preview for the Linebackers
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The return of star LB C.J. Mosley gives Alabama a deep and experienced linebacker unit that ranks amongst the nation's best at that position.

If there is one unit on Alabama’s 2013 roster that has the most depth and experience, it will be in the middle of the defense with its linebacker segment. 

When spring practices begin at the end of this week, Nick Saban will welcome back players with at least one year of experience as a starter at all four linebacker positions this season. 

Thanks to the decisions to return to school by inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard, the Tide’s linebackers could resemble some of Saban’s most dominant units since he’s been at the Capstone.

The latter part of that statement is a mouthful, but a rising crop of underclassmen  make this segment one of the healthiest positions on the roster in terms of future outlook. 

Youngsters such as sophomores Denzel Devall, Reggie Ragland, Dillon Lee and redshirt freshman Ryan Anderson are former decorated recruits from the 2012 class that will get a long look from the coaching staff over the next month of practices.

With a wealth of experience and talent at their disposal, Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart are free to tinker with new coverages and blitz packages.

Which of the young linebackers are worth keeping an eye on and which newcomer is a threat to emerge in the fall?

Find out in the latest edition of my spring practice preview series that focuses on Alabama’s linebacker group.

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