Nick Perry enters his senior season at the University of Alabama. The Prattville, Alabama native continues to be a solid contributor for the Crimson Tide. He has not become the highly-publicized safety like Mark Barron or Haha Clinton-Dix, but he’s given Coach Nick Saban quality depth at the position.
Perry primarily played on special teams during his first season, seeing action in six games while recording one tackle.
In year two, he saw more playing time on defense as a backup in nine games, where he made two tackles.
Perry played in all of Alabama’s 14 games in 2012. He made 38 tackles for season to go along with his two pass break ups, a fumble recovery and his first career sack.
Fans saw Perry’s potential during the 2013 A-Day game when he recorded three tackles, two interceptions, and a pass break up.
In his first year on campus, the SEC coaches named walk-on Cody Mandell from Lafayette, Louisiana to the Freshman All-SEC team. He played in every game of the 2010 season, averaging just under 40 yards per punt for his 41 punts, 13 of which were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Mandell saw a little less action in 2011 by punting 39 times for an average of 39.3 yards per punt. He had 17 punts end in fair catches, and 11 downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Alabama ranked 17th nationally in net punting in 2012 due to Mandell’s 44.28 yards per punt average in a total of 50 punts. Nineteen of his punts ended inside the 20-yard line, with 14 going 50-plus yards. Only 18 of his 50 punts were returned, for a total of 117 yards (6.5 yards per return).
Mandell handled punting duties for both teams during A-Day. He totaled seven punts for 338 yards, a 48.29 yards per punt average. Three punts were inside the 20-yard line, and one was a touchback.
His 2013 season should be another year of improvement. If he is able to have an average similar to his A-Day average, the Alabama defense will make opposing offenses go the length of the field to put points on the board.
Not many fans expected Denzel Devall to be the freshman linebacker to make his name known in 2012. But the four-star, Bastrop, Louisiana native played in all of Alabama’s 14 games in 2012. He recorded 18 tackles on the season to go with two sacks and three quarterback hurries.
Sporting News named Devall to its Freshman All-American team.
Devall made three tackles in the 2013 A-Day game this past April. Look for him to contribute this season. He has the chance to earn a solid spot in the linebacker rotation. His skill set works well for Saban when going against the hurry-up-no-huddle offenses.