STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The numbers looked good for Alabama's
defense last season.
The Crimson Tide was among the Southeastern Conference and
nation's best in most defensive categories, allowing 13.5 points
and 286 yards per game.
The numbers, however, were a bit misleading. In losses to South
Carolina, LSU and Auburn, the inexperience of the Tide's defense
was often exposed.
Now with a year's worth of seasoning, Alabama's defense is
flashing a championship look.
The second-ranked Crimson Tide smothered Penn State in a 27-11
victory Saturday, with defensive backs Mark Barron, Dre
Kirkpatrick, DeQuan Menzie and Robert Lester leading the charge.
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