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Five Alabama Defensive Players to Watch vs. LSU

Tiger Blitz breaks down five Alabama defensive players to watch if you're LSU on Saturday night.

Linebacker Reuben Foster

The former 5-star linebacker flipped back and forth between Auburn and Alabama before siding with the Tide and now, he's LSU's problem once again. Foster waited his turn to run Alabama's defense and the uber athletic linebacker has been solid in the middle for the Tide. Now, the 6-1, 236-pound linebacker is also a heavy hitter. In fact, Nick Saban said that the Tide had to bring his aggression down a bit for him to be able to stay healthy. Foster and Fournette famously collided on Fournette's kickoff return at the end of regulation a couple years back. There will be more collisions this game, but who delivers the most?

Linebacker Ryan Anderson

Anderson's stat line: 29 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries and 4.5 sacks. That's downright scary for anyone to see. The 6-2, 253-pound linebacker lines up all over it seems for Alabama. The Tide like to bring him off the edge along with Williams to pressure the quarterback. With Anderson having the monster season that he's having, that gives LSU yet another name to watch. Anderson is one of those big linebackers that can move well in space, but is versatile enough to come of the edge too. 

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Defensive Back Minkah Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick is the STAR, literally, of the Alabama secondary especially now that Eddie Jackson has been lost to injury for the year for Alabama. Fitzpatrick is one of the most versatile defensive backs for Alabama and will line up just about anywhere. The 6-1, 203-pound defensive back had three interceptions in the Arkansas game including a 100-yard return for a touchdown. Other than that, Fitzpatrick doesn't have an interception on the season. If Etling can keep the ball away from Fitzpatrick, that'll be a smart move for the Tigers quarterback on Saturday. He's proved to be explosive once getting the ball, but other teams have avoided him. Fitzpatrick has notched five pass breakups and 36 tackles on the year.

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Defensive Lineman Jonathan Allen

The 6-3, 291-pound defensive lineman is one of the toughest matchup problems in college football for any offensive line. Allen has been nearly unblockable this season by the opposition. Like Tim Williams, Allen has six sacks, but lags a little behind in tackles for loss with 6.5, but has 10 quarterback hurries to his credit. Allen has become a bit of a social media sensation with some of the athletic plays he's made this fall already. Allen has 17 tackles and two fumble returns for touchdowns on the season. Yet another player that LSU has to account for on every play along that defensive line.

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Linebacker Tim Williams

The Baton Rouge native is the closest rival to LSU's Arden Key in terms of passing rush for the Crimson Tide. The Baton Rouge native that grew up in the shadows of Tiger Stadium, has 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks on the season to go along with a 23-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Arkansas. Williams' ability to get after the passer is impressive as he has about as many moves as one could have. Williams also has eight quarterback hurries on the season. He'll have to be accounted for on every snap by Danny Etling and the LSU offensive line. 

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