I keep hearing about how the 2010 Alabama defense will have big shoes to fill, and how they will have a tough act to follow.
Seriously? Do you people not do your research? How quickly you forget the speculation of last year's preseason.
When the Crimson Tide had to say good-bye to team captain Rashad Johnson, Bobby Greenwood, and others, everyone assumed that the Tide would not be able to replace them.
Additionally, Alabama lost starting quarterback John Parker Wilson and other star offensive athletes at the end of the 2008 season.
And did the Crimson Tide prevail? Boy, did they ever!
They won the 2009 BCS National Championship and a Heisman Trophy.
I think the reason most people doubt the 2010 Alabama defense is due to player injury, or they are simply not paying attention. Out of sight, out of mind.
Today, friends, I will refresh your memory with just a few in the Alabama arsenal, and you will see for yourself how dominant the 2010 Crimson Tide defense will be.
Dont'a Hightower, Junior—Linebacker
Dont'a Hightower started 12 games as a true freshman in 2008 and recorded 62 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.
Hightower went down with a knee injury last season, but is currently 100 percent. Trust me, if you're on the other side, you are dreading this guy.
Josh Chapman, Junior—Nose Guard
Josh Chapman is considered the strongest player on the team. He started the 2009 season second on the depth chart, but he received quite a bit of playing time on third downs.
Chapman was not injured, but he was overshadowed by Terrance "Mount" Cody. Josh Chapman can bench press well over 500 lbs. This means offensive linemen are no match.
Marcel Dareus, Junior—Defensive Lineman
Marcel Dareus was the Defensive MVP in the 2009 BCS title game. Probably because he intercepted a pass and ran his big butt to the end zone for a touchdown.
"He may be declared ineligible," you say? Well, I say Undra Billingsly and Damion Square. Research these two guys; they are killers. But I think Dareus will play.
Mark Barron, Junior—Defensive Back
Mark Barron had 74 tackles and seven interceptions in 2009, with one interception returned 77 yards for a touchdown.
Barron was First Team All-SEC and Third Team All-American in 2009. Ha ha...Just wait, haters, you will know his name when he tattoos it on you.
I will leave you with that, folks. When the season starts, you will be hearing these names a lot.
Head Coach Nick Saban knows that defense wins championships, and he has been phenomenal at recruiting the last few years.
As for the offense, there are not too many lost, and they will speak for themselves again in 2010.
To those of you who think the 2010 Alabama defense will suffer, be weak, or just plain suck, let me know how you feel at the end of the season when the Tide leads the nation in defense.
Signing off and Roll Tide,