Deaderick In

"You missed it," Alabama defensive tackles coach Buddy Wyatt jokingly scolded us. "He's been working at tackle since the second scrimmage. I was wondering when somebody was going to ask me about him."

The "him" is former defensive end, current defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick. He's worked his way into the two-deep at defensive tackle at Alabama after playing his first year and a week at defensive end.

"We're just trying to get the best guys on the field," Wyatt said. "We feel like he has a lot of talent and we're trying to get that talent on the football field."

Deaderick will undoubtedly get a lot of snaps as the Crimson Tide rotates defensive tackles against Hawaii. Senior tackle Jeremy Clark said 20-35 snaps is typical for him, adding that he'd play every down if asked.

In a game like this you have to rush the passer, and when you get to the later quarters it takes a toll," he said. "It's a whole different ballgame. Rushing the passer is one of the hardest things to do and it takes a lot of energy."

Wyatt said he felt comfortable with five of his tackles playing going into the first game. Three of those, Clark and seniors Dominic Lee and J.P. Adams, have game experience. Deaderick and redshirt freshman Lorenzo Washington are the other two.

Wyatt said Washington, "Is coming along. He's got a ways to go, but he's doing some good things. He understands the schemes better than he ever has. He needs to get a little stronger, but that will come with maturity.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Fanney will probably see little if any time on Saturday. He missed a chunk of fall camp with a head injury.

Wyatt said Fanney could eventually be ready to play more as the season progresses.

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