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Mack Wilson is one of three Alabama linebackers hoping to return to full strength for the Sugar Bowl.

Alabama football: Returning linebackers hope to have effect on Tide defense

Matt Speakman

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Healthy LBs needed to pressure Clemson QB

Alabama saw three of its linebackers return in the loss to Auburn at the end of the regular season. Even though Christian Miller, Mack Wilson and Terrell Lewis all returned, it was apparent that all three were still getting back into the flow of the game.

Now, with a month to become more healthy, all three players should be at full strength for the game against Clemson. If they are, how much of an effect will they have on Alabama’s defense? The Crimson Tide will need all three to get pressure on Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant. Lewis and Miller, who are predominantly pass rushers, could become the spark that Alabama needs off the edge. Right now, a rival SEC coach believes Alabama is missing that dynamic.

In other headlines …

  • Alabama punter JK Scott changed his punting style after a frustrating summer.
  • Alabama had three alums in the inaugural class of the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame.
  • A UTSA coach could be in the running for an opening on Alabama’s staff.
  • Alabama landed six on the American Football Coaches Association All-America team.

Unanimous All-American

Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick has taken home his fair share of awards over the last month. Fitzpatrick received another honor on Wednesday. After being named to the AFCA, AP, Sporting News, Football Writers Association of America and Walter Camp All-America teams, he is now a unanimous All-American. A player has to be named to all five of those teams to earn that honor.

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