Alabama football: Young linebacker set to star as rabbit
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at a new face at linebacker and Alabama’s ‘rabbit’ package.
Linebackers have a special place in Alabama fans’ hearts. From C.J. Mosley to Reggie Ragland to Reuben Foster, the generals of the most dominant offenses of the recent past have been linebackers, and famously heady and hard-hitting ones. If the past and raw athleticism is any indication, Dylan Moses will soon be a fan favorite in Tuscaloosa. Moses is already making waves with his versatility and speed, running a 4.46 40-yard dash at the pre-spring combine.
Moses is one of Alabama’s pass rush options in the ‘rabbit’ package, which is a variant of the nickel and dime packages. Where those two alignments call for a member of the defensive front (usually a linebacker) to be replaced by an extra defensive back, the “rabbit” designation takes it a step further, replacing a lineman with a stand-up pass-rushing linebacker. So, in “dime rabbit,” there are two extra defensive backs, but three linebackers and two down linemen. The package allows Alabama to control the run and prepare unexpected blitzes while covering multiple routes at the back end.
- Alabama is still the instant SEC favorite, wrote Cecil Hurt.
- Jonah Williams is impressing at left tackle, after excelling at right last season. Interestingly, Williams played in an offense in high school that switched sides based on field and boundary sides.
- Alabama tested its dime rabbit pass rush options in individual drills Wednesday.
- Shake-ups of the offensive line and more in our comprehensive practice report.
- Wide receiver Cam Sims has high praise for Alabama’s new running backs — “like Derrick Henry.”
Built by Bama
BamaOnline caught up with former Alabama and NFL defensive lineman turned restaurant mogul Bob Baumhower. Baumhower waxes poetic on his personal recruitment saga, Nick Saban’s recruiting skills and the future of the team, but doesn’t mention the multiple sports bars and seafood restaurants he operates throughout the state.
In golf, Robby Shelton is tied for fourth at Q-school on the Mackenzie Tour, 9-under after two rounds.
Around the Capstone
Anton McKee has been an underpraised bastion of excellence as one of the fastest backstroke swimmers in history. McKee came to Alabama in the early days of its swimming rebuild and was a major factor in the Tide’s consistent improvement that included their best-ever performance at NCAAs. McKee’s career at Alabama is over and leaves as a multi-time All-American.
Injuries continue to plague Alabama baseball, but one of its top starting pitchers returns on Friday to open the series against Texas A&M. Alabama still hasn’t won a series in SEC play.
Alexis Osorio, Alabama’s star softball pitcher, is a finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year.
The men’s tennis team closes its season against Tennessee and Jacksonville State this weekend. It’s been a disappointing season for the team, with just 2 wins in conference, but fortunately, Tennessee is worse, with just 1 SEC win.
Women’s basketball signed Jayana Sanders, a 5-foot-7 guard and the top scorer in Arkansas.
The track team is headed to Los Angeles for the weekend.
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