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Tide Defenders Expect The Expected

They know it's coming, but they don't know when. Every day before Alabama football players head out to practice, the defense has a meeting with Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart. That meeting includes looking at video clips of areas of emphasis. At some point in the presentation the players see a familiar screen.

"He puts it up every day," said Alabama jack linebacker Courtney Upshaw. Last year Alabama's defense ranked 118 out of 120 major college football teams in fumbles recovered. The Tide had a measly four. "Coach Smart makes sure to show us that we were 118 out of 120 teams in that category," Upshaw said. Somewhere in the clips showing some area of defensive emphasis, the screen pops up: 118 of...

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