Departure Of Rod Woodson Leaves Alabama's Secondary Looking Even Greener

Parker ShieldsCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Wide receiver Kenny Bell #7 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is stopped by Rod Woodson #18 during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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Just when you thought you had heard enough about how difficult it would be for Alabama to defend its National Championship with such an inexperienced secondary, it was announced that sophomore safety Rod Woodson would be leaving the team.

Woodson's play in his freshman season was mostly on special teams as he participated in 12 games accumulating 12 tackles. In addition, he was expected to be competing with Robert Lester for the open starting safety position after Robbie Green was ruled ineligible.

In his press conference, Nick Saban stated that the two "mutually agreed that it would be better for him to continue his career somewhere else." Saban also made the indication that it could be contributed to academics and a lack of maturity from Woodson.

The loss of Woodson leaves Robert Lester with what looks like a firm grip on the starting safety role, and will also give true freshman Jarrack Williams and Nick Perry a chance to get on the field early.

Some may see this as a set back for Nick Saban's already young secondary, but this will be a golden opportunity to see how much talent is located deep within the Tide's roster.