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Tide Works On Forcing Turnovers

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby
Smart has found something to harp on with his stingy defense.

Linebacker Courtney Upshaw says Smart runs a clip before every
practice showing that the second-ranked Crimson Tide ranked 118th
of 120 FBS teams last season with four fumble recoveries.

OK, so Smart has to reach a little bit to find a statistic where
one of the nation's best defenses doesn't measure up.

The Tide did recover two fumbles and record an interception last
weekend in a win at Penn State.

Coach Nick Saban says forcing fumbles has been an emphasis for
his team, which has been more adept at getting interceptions.

The Tide hosts North Texas on Saturday night.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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