Zeke Knight Preparing For Georgia Passes
Ezekial Knight came to Alabama as a 218-pound wide receiver. Now he's a 240-pound linebacker. He played wide receiver for a couple of years, then moved to defensive end. He missed most of last year and was given a redshirt after he had to stop playing because of a heart condition. After surgery, he's back on the field as a junior linebacker.
When Alabama Coach Nick Saban moved Knight from defensive end to linebacker he said he thought Knight had more the body type for linebacker in Bama's 3-4 defense.
In last week's Crimson Tide win over Arkansas, Knight had a couple of face-to-face meetings with the Razorbacks' outstanding tailback, Darren McFadden. "He's a great back," Knight said. "I take nothing from him. I respect his ability to run the ball. He's one of the best. He's definitely pro material."
This week he expects Georgia to rely more on the passing of quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Alabama hosts Georgia in Bryant-Denny Stadium with kickoff shortly after 6:45 p.m. CDT and television coverage by ESPN. Alabama is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play. Georgia is 2-1 and 0-1 in the SEC.
"We can expect a lot more passing this week than we saw from Arkansas," Knight said. "They are a hard-nosed team, but on third down you can just about guarantee it will be a pass. Last week it would just as likely be a run. We've got to be prepared."
Knight said Stafford "has a good arm. He's not the kind of quarterback who is likely to beat me around the edge. He wins with his arm. If you give him time, he'll hurt you. I'll have to come off the ball hard."
Knight said he's getting better at run defense, "but I love pass rush."
Knight was on the sidelines watching as Alabama began its 73-yard winning drive against Arkansas last Saturday night.
"I knew we were going to score," he said. "It was good to see the guys I came in with (as wide receivers) making plays – D.J. Hall, Matt Caddell, Will Oakley."
Did Knight have a pang, wishing he was part of that receiving corps? "I'm a defensive guy now," he said. "It would be hard for me to lose all this weight."
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