Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jarrick Williams (20) is called for interference on Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Football Podcast: What We're Watching on Defense

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In our last episode we discussed the Alabama Crimson Tide offense. In this episode, Tom and Dave discuss the Tide defense, and what we look forward to watching unfold during spring practice.

Highlights of our discussion include:

A healthy return of Dalvin Tomlinson?  After suffering his second knee injury, his participation will probably be limited, but he represents the type of talent we’re hoping to develop along the defensive front. Jonathan Allen, Dee Liner, and Tim Williams may also fit this bill.

How long before Jarren Reed becomes the clear starter at nose?  Brandon Ivory, Darren Lake, and Korren Kirven all have experience along with the opportunity to seize the opportunity, but can they fend off Reed who comes in search of early playing time?

Who are the starting cornerbacks?  It’s an open competition between five players with starting experience, two red shirts, and one of the highest rated corner prospects in the country. We’re very likely to learn a lot about this position during spring drills, but it’s equally as likely that we won’t know any more than we do today.

Who replaces CJ Mosley?  Another unfair question because the obvious response is that no one player will be equal to the task. Who will be our starting line backers and which player’s development will go the furthest in answering the question?

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