Defense Can Be More Consistent

Through the first week of fall camp the Alabama defense has seemed to pick up right where it left off in the spring, adding schemes and developing talent without much looking behind, but defensive coordinator Joe Kines said there is room for improvement.

"It hasn't been like practice-to-practice, it's been more drill-to-drill," Kines said. "We screw a play or two up and then they get on each other and the next drill everything goes well. It's just focus. We've got to stay focused. You can't take a play off. It sounds silly, but one play. That's what we're trying to get to right now."

Kines said the defense is pretty much on track. His emphasis during the first week of camp has been to prepare the younger players to know what to do and where to go during the team's first scrimmage Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"We need to still bare down on the fundamental things, alignment, assignment. Those younger guys have got to get that before they can play," he said. On Monday,

Kines will be looking first for "somebody that knows what to do. In our scheme knowing what to do is important. If you're not in the right place it messes two or three other folks up. First they have to know what to do then they have to let their ability turn loose and make a play. We will be seeing who's come along far enough to play within this scheme so far," he said.

Kines is looking for at least two or three young players to provide depth in his front seven, but he hasn't determined who that might be to this point.

"They're all pretty much in a wad right now, we're trying to get to Monday," He said. "One play one of them will do real good and then the next play it will be another one."


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