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Alabama returns three pass rushers for 2016

Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Forget William Shatner. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is the ultimate negotiator.

A few days after capturing his fourth national title at Alabama, Saban talked Tim Williams, Ryan Anderson and Jonathan Allen all into returning in 2016 for their senior seasons.

Williams, a native of Baton Rouge, La., was given a late first-to-early second round draft grade. Allen, a defensive end, was projected as the fifth best defensive lineman in the draft.

The trio combined for 28.5 of Alabama’s 52 sacks. Allen led the bunch with 12 sacks, while Williams fell second at 10.5. Anderson doubled his output from 2014, bringing in six sacks.

Saban and the Crimson Tide will lose A’Shawn Robinson, Reggie Ragland, Jarran Reed and D.J. Pettway to the NFL Draft, yet the return of Allen, Anderson and Williams should provide its defense with much stability.

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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