Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
(SAM OLB) Adrian Hubbard, Junior
(MIKE ILB) Trey DePriest, Junior
(WILL ILB) C.J. Mosley, Senior
(JACK OLB) Xzavier Dickson, Junior
Impact Newcomer: Jonathan Allen, Freshman
Biggest Camp Storyline: Can Jonathan Allen and/or Reuben Foster work through a crowded depth chart to earn a spot in the rotation?
The Tide return starters at all four linebacker positions, but there’s a solid group of second-year players and impact freshmen that will try to flash enough in camp to earn a spot in the rotation.
The leader of the unit is Mosley, who is one of the best linebackers in the country. Hubbard, Dickson and DePriest all were solid in their first year as starters in 2012, but each is looking to become more consistently dominant after showing flashes a year ago.
Second-year talents such as Denzel Devall, Dillon Lee, Reggie Ragland and Ryan Anderson are all former monster recruits that Saban and his staff are anxious to see when the pads come on.
In particular, Devall could become a fixture at Dickson’s JACK spot if the latter’s experiment at defensive end continues.
Add incoming 5-star recruits Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster to the mix, and the linebacker segment should feature some of the most intense battles for playing time.
From top to bottom, Alabama has the deepest and most talented collection of linebackers in the nation.