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Former Alabama safety training Crimson Tide DBs on technique for 2024 season

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Alabama football has young players in its defensive secondary, but a former safety is making sure his position becomes a significant strength for the Crimson Tide’s defense in the fall.

Justin Woodall, a 2009 BCS National Champion, has several defensive backs with him this summer.

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He is working on their form in press coverage, technique, and eye control. Woodall, a native of Oxford, Miss., made sure Nick Saban got his first Southeastern Conference title and national championship with the Tide in ’09. He collected 45 tackles from his safety position, including 2.5 for loss. Woodall also totaled five pass breakups and three interceptions that year. He is putting in time with Malachi Moore, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Mbakwe (freshman), and Brayson Hubbard in the secondary. Woodall shared a video to X of him coaching all four players at Thomas Drew Field in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tim Kennan III, a defensive lineman, jumped into the training lesson as well.

Alabama’s biggest strength on defense could possibly be its cornerbacks and safeties.

The Tide has experience and talent on the back end.

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Stephen M. Smith is the 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 15 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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