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Nick Saban’s strength throughout his coaching career has been developing dominant secondary units.
The Tide’s group of safeties will take a backseat to no one, with juniors Vinnie Sunseri and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix forming one of the nation’s better tandems. Seniors Nick Perry and Jarrick Williams are also experienced veterans who are reliable options.
However, after recording five tackles, two pass breakups and an interception in the Tide’s spring game, sophomore Landon Collins is the guy that has Tide fans buzzing (h/t Travis Reier, BamaOnline).
The corner unit isn’t as settled. Seniors Deion Belue and John Fulton and sophomore Geno Smith appear to be the team’s top three corners. While all three have shown flashes, none of them appear to be the dominant force that former Tide stars such as Dee Milliner and Dre Kirkpatrick have been in recent years.
However, with the arrival of freshmen corners Maurice Smith, Jonathan Cook and Eddie Jackson, help is on the way.
While there may be some concern about the cornerbacks, there is enough talent on hand for Saban to mold them into a unit that plays up to the Tide’s lofty standards.