Alabama Football: Spring Practice Preview for the Defensive Backs

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Alabama Football: Spring Practice Preview for the Defensive Backs
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Nick Saban will put his reputation of being one of the best secondary coaches in the country to the test by retooling Alabama's defensive backfield during the spring.

While the offensive line may be the biggest point of emphasis for Nick Saban during Alabama’s spring practices, on defense, the secondary will occupy more of his attention than usual. 

That assumption was validated after the biggest story of the opening day of practice last Saturday was the move of three offensive skill players over to the secondary, including former running back Dee Hart.

Even with Robert Lester off to the NFL, the safety spots appear to be in the capable hands of juniors Vinnie Sunseri and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. But the biggest buzz entering the spring session surrounds ultra-talented sophomore Landon Collins.

The outlook at safety is definitely more settled than the situation at cornerback. Trying to replace Dee Milliner exacerbates the issue on edges of the secondary. 

Seniors John Fulton and Deion Belue are both experienced, but neither appear to give the Tide’s secondary a dominant presence at the position like they have enjoyed in recent years. Could sophomore Geno Smith step up and assert himself as a player with that potential? Can the Tide establish enough quality depth at corner?

Those are just a pair of intriguing questions surrounding the secondary this spring. Find out everything you need to know about the Tide’s group of defensive backs in this spring practice preview. 

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