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Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts will be the key to attacking Clemson's front seven.

Alabama football: ESPN breaks down how Tide can attack Clemson’s defensive front

Matt Speakman

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Attacking the defense

Alabama’s dynamic offense will have its hands full when opposing Clemson in the playoff semifinal. The Tigers have one of the best defensive lines in college football, with 6-foot-4, 340-pound defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence anchoring the middle of the unit. Alabama struggled against Auburn, which has a defensive line comparable to Clemson’s unit. So, how will Alabama move the ball? ESPN College Football analysts say Alabama needs quarterback Jalen Hurts to be as dynamic as possible if Alabama is going to have success on offense.

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Future stars

Alabama’s dominance in recruiting allows the Crimson Tide to reload and rebuild every year, despite losing multiple players to the NFL. Right now, Alabama has a good mix of veteran players and young talent. Still, there are many freshmen and sophomores who are waiting in the wings for their chance to shine. Players such as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, running back Najee Harris and wide receiver Henry Ruggs III should have Alabama fans excited about the years to come.

The young bull

Alabama basketball guard Collin Sexton has lived up to the hype thus far. Sexton is averaging 23.1 points per game and has six 20-point games in his nine appearances this season. His quickness and willingness to knock down tough shots have placed him as a lottery pick in many NBA mock drafts. In a recent feature, ESPN writer Alex Scarborough compared Sexton to Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook because of his athleticism.

Around the Capstone

Alabama gymnastics is ranked No. 4 in the preseason coaches poll.

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