It's rare to earn a top-five national ranking, without an experienced quarterback. But, Alabama opens the year ranked second in the land, and the Crimson tide hasn't even settled on a starter yet.
Alabama has earned that respect thanks to a loaded defense, featuring multiple future NFL Draft picks. The linebacker corps is loaded and so is the secondary, where the Tide returns all four starters from last year's 10-win team.
Head Coach Nick Saban is seeing those veteran groups make an impact at practice, as the team continues it's two-a-day schedule this week.
"I really like the way the players responded to making the corrections and the improvements we needed to make from the scrimmage," Saban said. "We've made some progress. I'm pleased with the progress that we're making. I think things are starting to take shape."
Alabama is still waiting to hear from the NCAA about wide receivers Duron Carter and Danny Woodson Jr. Both players have been held out of practice, with their transcripts still in question.
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