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Alabama is the most tenacious defense in the country. Heading into 2013, it will continue to show why teams struggle to produce on the ground against the Nick Saban 3-4.
This program is losing key players along the front to the NFL draft, but it returns a number of experienced playmakers along the front, and the linebacker corps is among the best in the country.
Led by senior C.J. Mosley, this group will return at least two other starters in Trey DePriest and Adrian Hubbard. Xzavier Dickson was a starter last season, but he moved to the defensive line to start spring (h/t AL.com), so there may be a plan for a shift in position.
Dickson was a defensive end in high school (h/t Yahoo!).
Defensive linemen Ed Stinson and Jeoffrey Pagan return with experience, and they become the next big names to play along Alabama defensive line this year.
Look for the Tide to be one of the most aggressive teams against the run as they attempt to set the tone early by blowing up ground games throughout the SEC.