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Tide spotlight: Retooling Alabama’s defensive line for next season

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Alabama will not replace the type of leadership that defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson brought to the front group; however, head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide can only hope for its next wave of studs will build off the production of its predecessors.

Senior Da’Shawn Hand and junior Da’Ron Payne have played a lot of football at the university, and both are expected to step into a leadership role. While the duo combines for nine sacks and 16 tackles for loss in their careers, both Hand and Payne need help from emerging young talent.

Yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine was live Wednesday on Mark Rogers TV, breaking down some potential impact stars on the Tide’s front line to help Hand and Payne.

Alabama Crimson Tide Defensive Line Preview

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 15 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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