Inside linebacker Cameron Smith was a 2015 Freshman All-American and honored as the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. He was on pace to lead the team in tackles before a season ending knee injury against Colorado sidelined him. The active and instinctive 6-2, 245 pound Smith had 78 tackles, a sack, three pass deflections, a fumble recovery and a trio of interceptions (one for a TD) in 10 games.
Marquee triple-threat Adoree Jackson is a cornerback-wide receiver-return specialist all in one. The 5-11, 195 pound junior was a 2015 All Pac-12 performer finishing with 35 tackles, one interception and a single return for a TD. Jackson distinguished himself last season as the only college football player to have at least 400 yards receiving, 600 in kickoff returns, 200 in punt returns and 30 tackles.
Tide fans are keenly interested in watching the Calvin Ridley vs. Jackson matchup. The confident cornerback spoke of the Tide’s gifted wide receiver following practice on Friday. Alabama and USC Trojans travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the September 3rd contest.