Veteran players say Crimson Tide’s defense could be more talented in 2010

Last season, Alabama ranked was second nationally in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense.
Alabama also loses nine starters off that defense, including three All-Americans and potential high NFL draft picks in Butkus Award-winning linebacker Rolando McClain, cornerback Kareem Jackson and nose tackle Terrence Cody.
So it stands to reason that most would anticipate a drop-off in 2010.
But three practices into spring, a few veterans on Alabama’s team are cautioning to not bet on that happening. The consensus seems to be that the Crimson Tide’s 2010 defense — while not there yet, especially in the finer points of the Nick Saban’s system — has an upside greater than the 2009 edition.