This year’s Alabama defense has big potential to rival its 2016 group"> Alabama's defense has the potential to rival the Tide's 2016 group
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This year’s Alabama defense has big potential to rival its 2016 group

Christopher Allen going through OLB drills at Alabama spring practice
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Will Alabama football return to being respected on defense?

After two scrimmages, Pete Golding and the first-team unit are not playing around.

The same intensity was at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, and it forced sacks, dropped passes, and interceptions.

Nick Saban noted the success coming from Alabama’s rushing attack; however, the defense is tired of taking a back seat.

When it came to the first-team group, the players received a positive stroke from Coach Saban.

As for the second-teamers, there is still some improvement needed to be made.

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Bryce Young and Paul Tyson were pressured a lot in the first scrimmage, and nothing was different this time.

He may have come to peace with a “fastball” offense, but Saban’s defense has not.

This unit is playing with fire and has the potential to be scary good in the fall. Before the fans see it on A-Day, Alabama’s first-team defense is looking like the real deal.

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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 @CoachingMSmith.

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