Alabama’s defense has gotten its fair share of praise from the media in recent weeks — but now football experts themselves are weighing in, too.
In an interview with Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, an NFL scout told Feldman that Alabama’s defense is one of the deepest he’s ever seen.
“I’ve never seen one team as loaded from seniors to freshmen as this team is,” the scout told Feldman. “It’s amazing. They’re all huge and they all can move really well.”
The Crimson Tide’s defensive praise peaked when Alabama was able to hold Heisman candidate Leonard Fournette to a mere 31 yards on the ground when LSU and Alabama matched up Nov. 7 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Fournette’s quiet night has many thinking that he’s lost his chance at the award.
The Crimson Tide are ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense, second in rushing defense and fourth in total defense.
Feldman also spoke to Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, who echoed the sentiments of the scout.
“I can’t even tell you, I’m not great with numbers, but they probably had six guys in our opinion that there was no difference in any way they played. And then the next six were just a matter of experience,” Bielema said. “I’ve been doing this 10 years as a head coach, 20 years as a coach overall. I have never seen a defense of that caliber in all my years of playing this game and coaching it.”