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How are the defensive backs for Alabama looking going into summer?

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Photo comes via John Ivory of Touchdown Alabama Magazine

After breaking down the quarterback room, we now look at the Alabama defensive backs going into the summer.

Kool-Aid McKinstry returns as one of two starting cornerbacks for the Crimson Tide. He totaled a team-high 15 pass breakups and posted an interception in 2022. McKinstry made a few All-American teams as a cornerback and punt return specialist.

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He expects to be a first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Terrion Arnold played across from McKinstry as the other boundary corner for 11 games, including seven starts. It was his first time at the position in his career, but Arnold collected 45 tackles, eight breakups, and an interception. The 6-foot, 196-pounder has been working with Coach Travaris Robinson to be an elite defender next fall. Arnold made the All-SEC Freshman Team and Freshman All-American Team, but it did not stop Nick Saban from adding another cornerback from the NCAA transfer portal.

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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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