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Senior running back Damien Harris will rush for over 1,000 yards for the third consecutive season. Sophomore Najee Harris will join him in the 1,000-yard club.
However, Alabama returns only three starters from last years defense. The front seven can aggressively defend the run well and relentlessly pursue the quarterback.
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Thus, both runners can go the distance every time they touch the ball. Damien Harris has averaged 7.4 (junior season) and 7.1 (sophomore) yards-per-carrywhich displays his ability to make explosive plays. Likewise, sophomore Najee Harris presented a gritty running style in the title game gave Tide fans a small sample size of huge things to come for 2018.
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The 2015 defense recorded 53 sacks and finished third nationally. Defensive stalwarts Tim Williams, Jonathan Allen, Ryan Anderson and Rashaan Evans put enormous pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Altogether, this group were virtually unstoppable and possessed an unrelenting motor once they touched the field.
The 2018version has Terrell Lewis, Christian Miller, Anfernee Jennings and Christopher Allen creating havoc from the outside. Raekwon Davis, an unstoppable force at defensive end, and tackle QuinnenWilliams can attack the passer. Linebackers Mack Wilson and Dylan Moses can apply undue pressure from the middle of the field.
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Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon were the last tandem to complete this feat at Alabama in 2012. The running duo of Harris and Harris will take pressure off of sophomore quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa.
Here are six Alabama football,bold predictionsto look for during the 2018 season:
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Seeing Alabama again leading the country in these defensive categories should not come as a surprise.
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Alabama football fans hope this unprecedented dynasty keeps rolling. Nick Saban hoisting the College Football Playoff trophy over his head, for a record seven national titles is something no one could have predicted. Believe Tide fans!
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Saban has finally caught up to the hurry up no huddle offense. In short, expect the Tide defense to dominate the opposition again. Finally, they will shut down the run, limit scoring and demolish quarterbacks in 2018.
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