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Alabama cornerback quickly gaining attention; gives WRs ‘hard time in practice’

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This year’s Alabama secondary has all the potential to rival the ones from 2009 and 2011, due to the emergency of sophomore Trevon Diggs. After lining up at wide receiver throughout his freshman season, head coach Nick Saban moved Diggs to being a full-time defender and the decision has progressed smoothly.

His size (6’2″) and arm length make it difficult for receivers to fight off jams and create separation upon the snap of the football. While the thought of having junior safety Minkah Fitzpatrick back at corner was popular, the rise of Diggs could be better. 

During this week of player interviews, Calvin Ridley had nothing but good things to say on the Maryland native as he’s even pushed the second team All-SEC selection and former freshman All-American to be better. 

“I think Diggs is a really good corner,” Ridley said.  

“I can honestly say he gives me a hard time. He’s very long, he works hard and he doesn’t take too many plays off. I think he’s going to do great. I’m here for him and I’m rooting for him.” 

Having the experience of Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Harrison and Anthony Averett is dynamic, but adding the competitive fire of Diggs brings a toughness to this unit that may be special. 

The Crimson Tide will take to Bryant-Denny Stadium for its second scrimmage on Saturday.

Stephen M. Smith is the 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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