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Defensive skill starters set

Alabama's starting linebackers are an impressive mixture of experience and young talent. In the secondary, only one full-time starter returns, but the Tide's coaches believe the unit can be special.

(Above left) Anthony Madison sits in the Tide weight room. Position Coach Chris Ball has consistently praised Madison as the hardest working player in the secondary. At 5-9, Madison isn't the ideal height, but he more than makes up the deficit with strength and jumping ability. Derrick Pope (left) talks to Demeco Ryans (#35) and Mark Anderson (#47) on the sideline. After sharing time at middle...

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