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5 Alabama defensive players are on the slate for the 2024 CFB season

5 Alabama defensive players are on the slate for the 2024 CFB season
5 Alabama defensive players are on the slate for the 2024 CFB season

The 2024 college football season will be here sooner than we think, and there is arguably no team more anticipated than Kalen DeBoer and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Whenever a legendary coach like Nick Saban decides to retire, it turns the sport on its head, and that was certainly the case in Tuscaloosa.

Coach DeBoer deserves a lot of credit for navigating the uncertain waters in his first few months on the job. Alabama currently sits at No. 2 in the recruiting class and shows no signs of slowing down.

But let’s face it: recruiting doesn’t do much good if you can’t perform on the field. On August 31, DeBoer and the Crimson Tide will take the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium to give fans their first taste of what the DeBoer era could look like.

Most fans are curious about the offense, and there’s a lot to be excited about on that side of the ball. Jalen Milroe returns at quarterback, four starters are back on the offensive line, and the players are some of the best in the country. The defense under new defensive coordinator Kane Wommack still has a few question marks. But if those five players can step up and have a great season, the Crimson Tide defense could be one of the best units in the country.

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Alabama lost top-notch cornerback duo Kool-Aid McKinstry and Terrion Arnold to the NFL. Enter Domani Jackson, the USC Trojans transfer and former five-star recruit who may become the Tide’s next superstar. If we’re being honest, Jackson had a rough couple of seasons at USC and has a lot to prove in 2024. He definitely has the tools to be a star player for Alabama, and the Crimson Tide defense will need him to perform well to reach their full potential as a unit.

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Q-Rob has been on the first team of Alabama’s defense for a few seasons now. He’s played behind players like Will Anderson, Dallas Turner and Chris Braswell, but now it seems like it’s his turn to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Robinson has outstanding length and athleticism and has the potential to be a double-digit sack player for the Tide defense, and if he can produce that kind of performance at the wolf position in 2024, Alabama’s defense could get nasty.

November 18, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back DeVonta Smith (8) celebrates after making a stop against the Chattanooga Mocs at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama won 66-10. Mandatory Photo Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

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DeVonta Smith is perhaps the most important player on this list. Smith is expected to start at the Husky position in the Alabama secondary and the Tide will need him to be successful. Don’t underestimate Smith’s potential either. At the start of the 2023 season, Smith was on track to be a starter until injury misfortune caught up with him. Now that he’s healthy, Smith could be the surprise player of the Alabama defense in 2024.

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Jah-Marien Latham lands on the list because he will be a starter for the Bandit, competing with Texas A&M transfer LT Overton. Latham is a good player who will likely fit Wommack’s defense better than Saban’s. Although he is a big lineman, Latham has quick reaction time and the potential to be a solid pass rush option. Latham will also have to be on top of the run game as a Bandit, so playing physical is also important. I like Latham’s game and expect him to have his best season yet in an Alabama uniform.

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Tim Smith has been a mainstay on the defensive line since his freshman season in 2020. Smith has flashed elite potential during his time in Tuscaloosa, but hasn’t been able to execute on it consistently. Smith is coming off a solid season in 2023, totaling 31 tackles, two tackles for loss, and two sacks. I expect his role to expand further in 2024, and he will need to raise his level of play if Alabama’s defense wants to be elite.

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