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The Way It Is: Dissecting the importance of Alabama’s secondary for next season

Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison (No. 15) in practice at Raymond James Stadium prior to 2017 CFP national title game: John David Mercer - USA TODAY Sports

Alabama recruits star-studded potential at running back, wide receiver, linebacker and it’s starting to bring in marquee talent at quarterback; however, the position that is in direct correlation between the Crimson Tide winning a national title or not is the secondary.

Even with losing Eddie Jackson and Marlon Humphrey to the National Football League, the Tide returns 12 interceptions to its roster – which leads the Southeastern Conference. Junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick led the team in interceptions (six) a season ago, and plans on expounding on that number in the upcoming fall. Having him along with Ronnie Harrison, Anthony Averett, Hootie Jones and Tony Brown back is critical for Alabama, but it will need some young guys to emerge and deliver strong performances.

Yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine was live Monday on The Way It Is, looking at the importance of the Tide’s secondary and how it directly correlates to national championship success and blunders.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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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