• R&B Staff

Big changes for Alabama in 2016


Alabama is one of the top teams in SEC. They have won many national championships. The 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015 titles bring the total number of national championships claimed by Alabama to 16.

Alabama free safety Geno Matias-Smith was the number 3 tackler in 2015. He had 72 stops, and he also had one interception. Alabama’s safety Jabriel Washington made six tackles, and he also had one interception as a senior. He will no longer play for Alabama this coming up year.

Alabama’s secondary was the most improved part of Alabama’s whole team last year. Eddie Jackson led the team with six interceptions, and two of his interceptions were returned for touchdowns.

Alabama’s biggest change this season is going to be with the coaching staff. Former Georgia Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will now fill that position which was vacated when longtime coordinator Kirby Smart left to accept the head coaching position at his alma mater, Georgia. Mel Tucker also moved on after only being with Alabama for one season and went to become Georgia’s defensive coordinator. Derrick Ansley left so that he could replace the former NFL assistant.

Nick Saban works and trains with the cornerbacks. The secondary coach only focuses on the safeties, so that Saban can work the cornerbacks and get them prepared and ready for any competition they will have.

Research for this article was taken from al.com.