Alabama’s defense really showed it’s youth.
The biggest problems Alabama had on defense largely came because the secondary is just young. One breakdown came when DeMarcus Milliner played man coverage when the rest of the defense was in zone. A couple others were in Cover 2 on sophomore safety Robert Lester’s side.
The talent is undeniably there, as evidenced by plays like Lester’s second quarter interception of Mallett. Plus, it’s tough for any secondary to deal with the combination of Arkansas’s veteran quarterback with its veteran receivers. However, Nick Saban and Kirby Smart don’t appear to have simplified much to compensate for the youth. That means there will be plenty more busted coverages as they grow up and learn to play as a unit.