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Will Kristian Story break through as a defensive back for Alabama?

Alabama safety Kristian Story (#11) in practice during 2021 season
Photo by Robert Sutton of Alabama Athletics

Alabama’s second scrimmage opened fans to three defensive backs in a deep secondary, including a former Gatorade Player of the Year out of high school.

Kristian Story, a four-star in the Crimson Tide’s 2020 recruiting class, was nothing short of special at Lanett High School — leading the program to a state championship in 2019. As a defensive player, Story brings size, ball skills, coverage skills, and speed to excel either as a safety or dime “Money” linebacker. After not playing his initial freshman season, Story worked mostly on special teams in 2021. He served as a backup safety last year in 13 games, collecting five tackles. The 6-foot-2, 211-pounder has positioned himself for an opportunity to become impactful as a senior. Alabama has versatile depth in its secondary, but both safety positions are available. According to sources, Touchdown Alabama Magazine learned that Story recorded a pick-six off Jalen Milroe and the first-team offense in Saturday’s scrimmage. He is a bonafide playmaker, but can he lock up a safety spot?

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Nick Saban discussed Story with reporters following practice.

“Kristian has been in the program a long time,” Saban said.

“He knows what he is doing. I think he has to learn how to play consistently with a high level of intensity so he can execute to his capabilities. He has really good ball skills and is very instinctive. We want him to have the juice that a starter needs to have all the time. That is the expectation the other players have, and it is the expectation we have for anybody who is a starter.”

The translation I get from Saban’s statement is Story has moments of brilliance and moments of mistakes.

If he can clean up the small things, Story will be a factor in the secondary. 

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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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