Alabama defensive lineman Brandon Ivory (99) pops the blocking dummy during practice, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)
Some rebuilding will needed to be done in the defensive line for the Alabama football team, but the pieces are there.
Two starters gone make this a challenge, but the two who are expected to take their place are difference-makers. Depth, however, is another issue.
• Who’s gone: Ed Stinson, Jeoffrey Pagan
• Who’s back: Sr. Brandon Ivory, Sr. Anthony Orr, Jr. Darren Lake, So. Jonathan Allen, So. Dakota Ball, So. Korren Kirven, So.Dee Liner, So. A’Shawn Robinson, So. Davlin Tomlinson.
• Newcomers: Jr. Jarran Reed, Jr. D.J. Pettway
• What’s at stake: Both starting end positions.
• Outlook: Ivory returns as the starting nose guard with Lake as the backup. Robinson and Allen are projected to be the starters at end since they were in the rotation last season. Tomlinson and Ball must make up for lost time from injuries that kept them out of nearly all of last season. Junior college transfers Reed and Pettway inject depth and experience to the group. Others such as Liner and Orr and need a good spring to improve their standing.
Alabama defensive lineman Dee Liner (52) pops a sled during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)