If there was one coach who faced the wrath of fans last season, it was Pete Golding. The defensive no shows against LSU and Auburn were due to lack of depth and experience, not the play calling of the beleaguered coach. A strong showing against Mizzou is needed to curb the cries from the fans.
A Butkus Award nominee and defensive captain, Dylan Moses, returns manning the middle of the defense after suffering a season-ending injury in summer camp. The linebacker corps is a magnificent unit with a unique blend of experience, speed, power, and a bullish mentality. The secondary is young and will be tested early with the only starter returning is potential All American Patrick Surtain II.
Finishing 20th in total defense is not the Alabama Football standard. Finishing 37th in run defense is uncharacteristic of any Saban led team. Two years have passed since Alabama possessed the number one total defense in the nation with allowing 260 yards per game. The defense is littered with defensive studs to make this happen. Golding is the key to put it all together on the field.
Alabama football returns to practice Tuesday afternoon as they slowly begin their prep for Missouri. Columbia awaits them in less than two weeks.