Alabama lost defensive line coach Karl Dunbar to the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, but junior linebacker Mack Wilson has an idea for who should replace him.
That would be Ole Miss coach Freddie Roach:
— Maserati Mack 🔱 (@iam__mw3o) February 9, 2018
Roach, of course, is a former two-time All-America linebacker for the Crimson Tide. Roach (2002-05) never played for Nick Saban in Tulscaloosa, but did serve on the Tide support staff until taking the Ole Miss defensive line job in 2017.
A member of Alabama’s 2000s All-Decade team, Roach was an obvious candidate for this position even before Mack’s public endorsement. Wilson likely knows Roach as he was Alabama’s director of player development in 2016, his freshman season in Tuscaloosa.
There’s no timetable for Saban to announce a replacement for Dunbar. But with Signing Day in the rearview mirror and spring practice still a couple of weeks away, Saban can take his time.
Wilson fought through injuries as a sophomore, but is expected to play a big role for Alabama in 2018. Despite catching the injury bug, he still played in 11 games and made 40 tackles in 2017, including 2.5 tackles for loss. He also picked off 4 passes last season, most notably in the College Football Playoff semifinal vs. Clemson. His pick-6 against the Tigers slammed the door on a repeat performance from Clemson.