Nick Saban said it, so Mark Baron can bank on it. He has broken into the Bama rotation at the safety position.
The 6'2" sophomore, out of St. Paul's in Mobile, has been working hard since he walked on to the Capstone campus. He played in all 14 games as a true freshman chalking up nine solo tackles, 18 total tackles with 11 on special teams.
Against Arkansas, the high school All-American took down QB2, Tyler Wilson, on a safety blitz before the opposing quarterback had completed his four-step drop. Baron has the kind of speed that will cause hesitation and pressure QBs in the league forcing mistakes in close games.
Against Auburn, he was awarded special teams player of the week for his contribution against the in-state rival.
This is truly a great player asserting himself a little before his time. Impressively, he is out competing Robert Lester and matching Robby Green step for step. For Saban to make this announcement at post-practice presser speaks volumes on the progress Baron has made in the offseason.
The Tide will have quality depth at every position on the defense. The only other team matching this depth in the SEC is the Florida Gators. If defense wins championships, the Georgia Dome may see a rematch of last years finale after all.