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Alabama football: Time to worry about the defense?

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Alabama’s defensive stability. 

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. As encouraging as the signs were for the offense in Alabama’s scrimmage on Saturday, the news was disturbing for the defense. While a quarterback who previously struggled to work the middle of the field and deep ball flourished, the defense got ‘tore up,’ according to safety Hootie Jones. Plays were misread, players didn’t fly to the ball, too many assumptions were made and not enough adjustments. Could it be a sign of struggle for a previously vaunted defense?

Not likely. Knowing Jalen Hurts’s discipline and work ethic, I’d expect that he worked in the offseason to add tools to his toolbox that he had never been able to use in a game situation. I’d wager the two new quarterbacks, coupled with a brand new offensive coordinator, gave Alabama looks that it wasn’t drilled on as well, since spring practice is about installing a base, not game-planning for scrimmages. And I’d bet that one of the deepest and most talented units in the country isn’t going to take a step back this season. In fact, except for possibly the linebackers, I think it’ll be better.

ICYMI

Built by Bama

Jarran Reed bought his mother a brand new Cadillac.

AJ McCarron is reportedly opening a sushi restaurant called AJian Sushi in Tuscaloosa. I wish I had more to say about that.

Wade LeBlanc threw 5.1 innings in relief, giving up a home run, his only hit conceded, as his Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 7-1.

Where is former top junior golfer and Alabama standout Robby Shelton today? Not on the PGA Tour. Or in Q-School. Or on the Web.com Tour.

Around the Capstone

It’s been three years since Sarah Patterson left the helm of the Alabama gymnastics program after more than three decades in charge. Dana Duckworth, her protégé and successor, is building on her remarkable legacy while building a new era of the program in her own energetic, passionate, competitive image.

The softball team continues to set records for attendance, drawing nearly 10,000 during its series last weekend. The team remained No. 12 in RPI despite taking two out of three against LSU. The Tide will host UAB on Tuesday at 6 p.m. That game will be streamed on SECNetwork+.

The baseball team is hampered by injuries as it speeds toward the close of the season. Outfielder/linebacker Keith Holcombe could have his season ended by shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, depending on his spring football schedule. In the bullpen, two key arms are out for the season after torn UCLs led to Tommy John surgery. The Tide also host UAB on Tuesday, also on SECNetwork+.

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