Greenwood talks D-line depth

To coin a line from an old Beatles' tune, Bobby Greenwood is getting a little help from his friends. Translation: there is much more depth on this year's Alabama defensive line.



"The new guys have come in and stepped up great," said Bobby Greenwood . "Marcel (Dareus) and Terrence Cody. He's a big guy, but he can move, too. It's going to be hard to run up the middle, with him down there. We lean on him."

"Marcel's come a long way in camp. He's working hard, and getting better."

With coach Nick Saban's announcement that defensive end Alfred McCullough would get a look at offensive guard, someone must be making plays at defensive end. Greenwood again mentioned freshman Dareus, but also talked about a good friend.

"Lorenzo (Washington) has kind of stepped up," Greenwood said. "He's moving around, playing different spots. Now's the time to find out where everybody can play at their best. He's definitely stepped up his pass rush, too."

"He's open for anything. He'll play wherever coach (Saban) wants him to play."

Washington is still working at nose guard, but with Cody and Josh Chapman, Tide coaches are also trying Washington at end.

"It's a battle at nose guard," noted Greenwood. "Every one of them are playing great. They all have their different things about them. It's kind of hard to pick one. Chapman's stepped up great, too. You'll have to watch during the season and see who goes in more. I couldn't tell you."

Greenwood also had kind words for Chapman and end Luther Davis, who Greenwood said is "working real hard on his technique."

Another player near-and-dear to Greenwood is his fellow Prattville High alum, Nick Gentry, who Greenwood said has gotten some work at tackle.

"He's light (6-1, 254 pounds), but he's got fast legs. I can't say enough about Gentry," he stated.

According to Greenwood, Gentry's lack of size compared to most defensive linemen is not a detriment.

"He sees (6-5, 365-pound) Terrence Cody down there at nose guard, and he doesn't care," Greenwood continued. "He's going to go out there and play. He's definitely the quickest one we've got. He's real quick."

Last year, injuries kept Gentry out of all but one game.

"He's got a great attitude," said Greenwood. "I know that injury set him back a lot, but his biggest thing is, he wants to play. Whatever he's got to do to play, he'll do it. We talk about that a lot, and he's focused on it. That's his No. 1 thing."

The defensive line has grown closer together, Greenwood said, "We've all gotten together, and just focused on what we need to do. Nobody misses meetings. Everybody's real focused on the season. We all want to have a good year."


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