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Jamil Burroughs assures a social media user that this Alabama defense will be like the 2016 group

Alabama DL Jamil Burroughs (#98) standing up during 2022 Spring Football Scrimmage
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

The pressure is on this Alabama defense to be like the group in 2016.

Alabama football played better on defense to end 2021 and carried the intensity into spring practice. The Crimson Tide recorded 15 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, nine pass breakups, four quarterback pressures, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions between both defenses on A-Day. Alabama fans saw a defense that frustrated quarterbacks, stuffed running backs, and made big plays.

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After seeing the dominance of the 2016 unit, Tide fans wonder can this defense be that good? A social media user, who is an Alabama fan, posted a video of the 2016 defense on Twitter. It used the caption, “I miss the 2016 Alabama defense,” and highlighted marquee plays from them. Most of the highlights were of players creating turnovers and scoring touchdowns.

Jamil Burroughs, a junior defensive lineman, responded with “Don’t worry we are back in motion.”

Burroughs collected two tackles for loss and two sacks in the spring game. Will Anderson, a junior linebacker, captured the media’s attention when he said to expect this defense to have the same style as 2016. Alabama has several starters returning and young players ready to step up. Pete Golding wants to prove he is the next elite defensive mind in college football.

The coming fall will be an interesting time for Alabama.

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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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