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Alabama defensive players grinding hard in offseason training for the fall

Henry To'oto'o prepares for a play against Florida
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Alabama’s defensive players have done enough talking.

Crimson Tide fans want to see this group become the best of the Nick Saban era, and the guys are ready to deliver.

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Several players have worked with private trainers this offseason, including Brian Branch, Malachi Moore, Khyree Jackson, Tim Kennan III, Kool-Aid McKinstry, Dallas Turner, DJ Dale, and Henry To’oto’o. McKinstry has worked with Justin Woodall (former Alabama safety) and Leonard Stephens (Step-By-Step). He’s bulked up his body and is applying new techniques to his game.

To’oto’o could have pursued the NFL Draft, but he chose to return for his senior year. He led Alabama’s defense in total tackles (113) last year, but To’oto’o wants to prove he’s a first-round pick and a leader. Coach Lei Talamaivao works with defensive linemen and edge rushers at his facility in Utah. He’s been coaching To’oto’o on being a refined pass-rusher and run stopper.

Talamaivao posted a video to Twitter of To’oto’o displaying burst, pass-rush moves, speed, and violent hands through bags.

He captioned the video, “Henry To’oto’o is bringing all that smoke this year.”

Alabama fans want to see the smoke from him, McKinstry, and every player on defense.

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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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