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Bengals’ CB Dre Kirkpatrick anchors defense in victory

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D’Andre “Dre” Kirkpatrick was a shutdown cornerback in three seasons (2009-11) at Alabama. He totaled 91 tackles with nine interceptions and was a two-time BCS national champion in 2009 and 2011.

A former first round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, Kirkpatrick took center stage Thursday night for Cincinnati in a rivalry game against the Cleveland Browns. The former Crimson Tide standout posted five tackles and a pass breakup.

His five stops were tied for first on the team.

Kirkpatrick and Cincinnati’s secondary made it difficult for second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel. He completed just 45.5 percent of his passes (15 of 33), despite tossing a touchdown to running back Duke Johnson, Jr.

Kirkpatrick was good in  run support, limiting Cleveland to 69 rushing yards on 17 carries. The Bengals picked up a 31-10 win and remain unbeaten at 8-0.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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