Tide's McClain Elder Statesman Now

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Rolando McClain is now the elder statesman of Alabama's linebacking corps.

McClain was an instant starter last season as a freshman and is left to mentor players facing the same possibility.

Prince Hall's three-game suspension makes McClain the elder statesman of the linebacking corps.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said McClain has the upbeat, outgoing personality to help him thrive in that role. McClain finished last season with 75 tackles, including 15 in the regular-season finale at Auburn.

Then he survived an offseason motorcycle accident that left him on bed rest for two weeks.

The Tide is seeking replacements for linebackers Zeke Knight, Keith Saunders and Darren Mustin.

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