Nico Johnson Says Tide Defense Showing Great Intensity

By Andrew Gribble/Tuscaloosa Bureau, Mobile Press-Register, Birmingham News, and The Huntsville Times

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Nico Johnson has been though enough Alabama scrimmages to know that it's nearly impossible for the defense to be as fired up as it is for a real game.

As a result, big offensive plays, missed tackles and a variety of other mistakes plague the unit, prompting it to get its act together in time for Scrimmage No. 2.

That just didn't happen Saturday, Johnson said.

Though the first-team defense made "a lot of mistakes" against the second-team offense, Johnson said he's never seen his fellow defenders carry such a high amount of intensity for the first scrimmage of the preseason.

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