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Five players Alabama must stop Saturday to defeat Kentucky in SEC matchup

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Alabama football goes to Kroger Field at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday to battle Kentucky.

The Crimson Tide needs a victory to clinch the SEC Western Division.

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After a great performance versus LSU, Alabama fans are looking for a complete game from its team. Kentucky enters the matchup at 6-3, but Mark Stoops brings a hard-nosed group that wants to be physical against the Tide. Alabama can offset the Wildcats’ physicality by taking them out of their element and getting the crowd out of the game. Kentucky has five players the Tide must stop if it wants to gain a dominant victory. A breakdown on all five athletes is below as ESPN will have the matchup at 11:00 a.m.

Devin Leary, Quarterback

Devin Leary came to Kentucky as a transfer from North Carolina State.

He has stablized the offense as the Wildcats average 30 points per game.

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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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