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Alabama's Defense Thriving to Start 2012 Season

Alabama's defense has been in top form to start the season. The Crimson Tide has allowed 14 points in two games, and the team is two big plays away from back-to-back shutouts to start the year.

More importantly, the Tide is forcing turnovers. Alabama has forced seven turnovers through two games.

The Tide returned one of those directly for a touchdown, and the offense has converted four others to scores. Alabama's defensive leaders plan to continue that trend, starting with Saturday's game at Arkansas.

"We've got to come in this game with the mindset of, we've got to affect the quarterback the best we can to keep creating turnovers," senior linebacker Nico Johnson said. "That's one thing we stress going into every game is affecting the quarterback, stopping the run, and if we do that we should be okay."

The Crimson Tide isn't sure who it will see on Saturday in Fayetteville. Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson is still questionable for the game, due to a head injury he sustained last week against Louisiana-Monroe.

Alabama players say it doesn't matter who takes the snaps for Arkansas, but the Razorbacks have plenty of explosive players.

"We know that they're going to have a talented quarterback back there to manage the game," senior safety Robert Lester said. "Whoever they decide to play, we just have to prepare for it."

Arkansas will host Alabama at 2:30 on Saturday on WTVY.


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