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Checking in with the defense

 

The linebackers hit the sled at practice.

The linebackers hit the sled at practice.

Check out my main story in Thursday’s TimesDaily and Decatur Daily. It’s on the rise of inside linebacker Reggie Ragland.

He looks to be the starter next to Trey DePriest, if there was a game this week. Rueben Foster continues to struggle with a stinger issue.

What are your thoughts on who replaced C.J. Mosley? Is Ragland up to the task?

Here’s the notebook, leading with Tosh Lupoi officially joining the staff as an intern to help with recruiting on the electronic side.

If you are keeping track, there are three practices, a scrimmage on Saturday and the April 19 spring game left. Then it’s offseason conditioning for more than three months.

Spring preview: Defensive line

Alabama defensive lineman Brandon Ivory (99) pops the blocking dummy during the NCAA college football team's practice, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  (AP Photo)

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)

Alabama defensive lineman Dee Liner (52) pops a sled during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Tennessee pregame

Getting ready before the Tennessee game.

Getting ready before the Tennessee game.

It’s a beautiful, cool fall day in Tuscaloosa for the top-ranked Alabama football team’s rivalry game with Tennessee.

There was a lot more orange than I expected as I entered the Bryant-Denny Stadium area. Tennessee returned some of its allotted tickets.

There are no bowl game officials or NFL scouts at this team. That’s strange. The college playoff folks, however, are hear.

There’s not change to the depth chart from last week, even though coach Nick Saban said Cyrus Jones would start at cornerback for Bradley Sylve (ankle) and Eddie Jackson (ankle).

Defensive lineman Dee Liner is not listed. Saban said Liner may take of the redshirt and play.

Starting nose guard Brandon Ivory was not out for pregame warmups and backup Darren Lake was announced as the starter.

Check out my preview story in Saturday’s TimesDaily and Decatur Daily. And here is the nuts and bolts preview.

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Alabama warms up before the Tennessee game.

Alabama warms up before the Tennessee game.

Depth chart notes, Liner playing?

Alabama defensive lineman Dee Liner (52) pops a sled during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

Alabama defensive lineman Dee Liner (52) pops a sled during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

Alabama football coach Nick Saban updated his depth chart Thursday night on his radio show. One move is surprising.

The first decision, which makes sense, is naming Cyrus Jones as the starting cornerback opposite Deion Belue.

Jones has been in development and has played a reserve role, but has two INTs. He’s being called to action since Bradley Slyve (ankle) and Eddie Jackson (ankle) are not full strength.

That position has been in flux due to injury and John Fulton not sticking.

The big move is Muscle Shoals freshman defensive lineman Dee Liner being used for the first time on Saturday. That would burn his redshirt season.

Saban has mentioned injuries on the defensive line this week, but hasn’t been specific. Using Liner this late in the year is something to avoid.

If Liner is a starter for the rest of the season, it would be one thing. He would get at least six games, maybe seven, with a lot of work.

If he’s used part-time as a backup then it’s a waste. There are other guys — walk-ons — who can be used to give a starter a break for a play or two for a game.

Listening to football practice

Nick Saban throws passes at practice.

Nick Saban throws passes at practice.

First off, check out my main Alabama football team story in Thursday’s TimesDaily and Decatur Daily on how the freshmen defensive linemen are expected to ignite the pass rush.

One of those freshmen who coach Nick Saban already considers an impact player is Dee Liner of Muscle Shoals.

Check out my football notebook, looking at running back T.J. Yeldon‘s big goals for the year and his career.

Well, it took two weeks to dawn on me what’s missing watching the Crimson Tide practice. There’s no music.

During the viewing times each practice, it’s so quiet. That’s another thing people asked me about what it’s like at open practices while covering Oregon State.

There are huge speakers pumping various classic rock, hip hop and rap songs during practice. Once a week live DJs were brought in. I called it Club Beaver.

Anyway, players liked it because it added an extra bounce in their step. Going back to quiet practices leaves a void. Not that the Crimson Tide need any more motivation, but it would be a nice touch if there was music.

Alabama defensive lineman Dee Liner (52) pops a sled during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

Alabama defensive lineman Dee Liner (52) pops a sled during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

Recruiting: Flipping from Auburn to Alabama

Alabama signed two high-profile players Wednesday who orginally committed to Auburn: linebacker Reuben Foster and defensive lineman Dee Liner.

We’ve got video for you. In the first, Nick Saban talks about Foster’s controversial flip from Alabama to Auburn, then Auburn to Alabama. After that, incoming freshman O.J. Howard talks about convincing Liner to come to Tuscaloosa.

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Alabama adds Dee Liner

As most expected, Muscle Shoals High defensive lineman Dee Liner has picked Alabama. He made his announcement today in a ceremony televised by ESPNU.

Alabama has confirmed his paperwork has arrived, and with him in the fold, the Crimson Tide now has 21 signees. Rivals lists Liner as the No. 7 defensive tackle prospect nationally.

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Top Tide targets agree to televised Wednesday announcements

Some of Alabama’s top remaining recruiting targets have agreed to let ESPNU televise them Wednesday when they announce where they’ll go to school.

At 8 a.m., the network will carry the announcements of linebacker Matthew Thomas of Booker T. Washington in Miami, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil of Columbia High in Lake City, Fla., and defensive tackle Montravius Adams of Dooly County in Vienna, Ga.

Thomas is considering Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Southern California, while Tunsil has Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss on his list. Adams has Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia.

At 9 a.m., safety Vonn Bell of Ridgeland High in Rossville, Ga., will announce his choice from his list of Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee. In addition, safety Antonio Conner of South Panola High of Batesville, Miss., will pick between Alabama and Ole Miss.

Muscle Shoals defensive lineman Dee Liner will announce his choice at 11 a.m., and Alabama is thought to be in the lead for him.

Running back Alvin Kamara of Norcross (Ga.) High is set to announce at 2 p.m. He is picking between Alabama and Georgia.

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All-name recruit team? Sports Illustrated likes one Tide commit and another Tide target

Muscle Shoals High's Dee Liner is considered a top defensive line prospect with a great name. (Copyright photo by Matt McKean of the TimesDaily)

Muscle Shoals High’s Dee Liner is considered a top defensive line prospect with a great name. (Copyright photo by Matt McKean of the TimesDaily)

All-name teams are interesting as long as they’re done in fun, and it appears Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples has accomplished that with his 2013 recruiting all-name team.

Muscle Shoals defensive lineman Dee Liner gets top billing, as Staples appreciates a guy named Dee Liner plays D-line. Also, Alabama running back commitment Altee Tenpenny makes the list, too.

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Dee Liner decommits from AU, considers Tide

Muscle Shoals defensive lineman Dee Liner, a five-star prospect according to Rivals.com, has decommitted from Auburn. Alabama is one of his favorites, as he visited the Tide’s campus this past weekend.

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