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Mack Wilson has 2 interceptions since taking over as middle linebacker in Alabama's dime package.

Alabama football: Mack Wilson impresses as middle linebacker in dime package

Matt Speakman

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Finding his role

Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson plays an important role on the Crimson Tide’s defense. In the last two games, the former 5-star prospect has manned the middle of Alabama’s dime package, stepping up after linebacker Keith Holcombe sustained a hamstring injury. The switch has worked wonders for both Wilson and Alabama. In those two games, Wilson has 2 interceptions and is now tied with cornerback Levi Wallace for the team lead in interceptions at 3.

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Getting recognized

Wallace has been one of the biggest surprises through the season’s first eight games. The former walk-on has been dominant, ranking third in the country in passes defended. Recently, The Associated Press named Wallace a midseason All-America and the Jim Thorpe Award named him a semifinalist. So, what has changed for Wallace now that he’s a nationally recognized player? Not much, he says, he has been getting the recognition that he deserves.

New signing period

The NCAA’s new signing period is just around the corner. From Dec. 20-22, recruits will be able to sign their letters of intent with the school of their choosing. It now joins the original signing period, which begins Feb. 7 2018. Due to the change, coaches across the country have had to adapt. Recently, Saban spoke on the specific challenges his staff faces with the new period.

“It’s been something that has been hard to figure out, to be honest with you,” Saban said.

Built by ‘Bama

New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will miss the rest of the season with a pectoral tear.

Around the Capstone

  • Alabama soccer defeated Ole Miss, 2-0 in double overtime in Oxford.

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