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Milliner Expects Challenge From Irish

An irony of football is that if the offense does its job, it spends a lot of time on the field, but if the defense does its job, it is not on the field very long. Inside that, an outstanding offensive player will be featured, but a top defender may be left out of much of the action.

That has been the case for junior Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, a consensus first team All-America performer in 2012. Milliner, 6-1, 200, was overlooked in preseason assessments of the Crimson Tide, which emphasized players who had been lost from the secondary – Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, DeQuan Menzie. But Milliner was no rookie. The Millbrook native had started 11 games at cornerback as...