Most Underrated Tide Football Player

Who is the most underrated Alabama football player? That's an honor that usually goes to an offensive lineman, who has no statistics. It seems a bit strange that a man who started every game on defense on a national championship team that led the nation in every defensive statistical category would hardly be mentioned in Crimson Tide outlooks.



Here's a vote for upcoming senior defensive end Damion Square as the most underrated Alabama player going into the 2012 Crimson Tide football season.

Last year Alabama won the national championship in great part because the Bama defense led the nation in every major statistical category – scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, passing defense, and pass defense efficiency. Square was a starter at defensive end in all 13 of those games.

Bama Coach Nick Saban must think Square is doing something right.

Square is not flamboyant on or off the field, which may figure into his relative anonymity. But he is efficient. The 6-3, 285-pound Houston native was redshirted in 2008 and then suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the second game of 2009.

He split time as a starter in 2010, and then became the fulltime starter last year.

He has started 19 games in his Bama career and turned in 60 tackles, including being in on 18 tackles for lost yardage. He has had five quarterback pressures and four sacks and broken up a pass.

Square got better as the season went along last year, recording 20 tackles, five tackles for loss, and a sack in the final five games of the 2011 season.

In the spring he earned the recognition that every coach has to love, the "Jerry Duncan I Like To Practice Award."

Square was not a sleeper prospect. He was an all-state linebacker at Yates High in Houston and ranked the ninth best prospect in the nation at his position by Scout.com.

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