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Alabama veteran cornerback weighs in on new DC, Kevin Steele

Kevin Steele during his time at Alabama as a defensive assistant.
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Alabama fans are hopeful that Kevin Steele is the one to return the nastiness to the Crimson Tide’s defense.

Nick Saban brought him back as a defensive coordinator.

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The 65-year-old was Saban’s first defensive play-caller in 2007 for Alabama, but he has served on a few Southeastern Conference teams. Steele has a wealth of defensive knowledge across the collegiate and professional landscape. He brings an old-school mindset that former Tide players love. On Wednesday, a veteran cornerback for Alabama weighed in on the job Steele is doing so far in spring practice. Kool-Aid McKinstry, a junior, seems to like the impact Steele is bringing to the team.

“I like Coach Steele,” McKinstry said. “He’s doing what he needs to do. I feel like we will have a good defense, and we are working on becoming the best defense.”

Coach Saban told reporters Monday that Steele will walk around and assist with defensive backs.

He played a role in developing Reggie Ragland, Reuben Foster, Christian Miller, and Rashaan Evans.

Steele is expected to simplify the defense and have the Tide playing dominant again.

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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.

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 10+ 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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