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Safety looks to lead

No matter how much talent you run out onto the field, without effective leadership a defense will underachieve every time. Last year's emotional leader for Alabama was Derrick Pope. This year several players will vie for that role. <br><br>"Somebody has got to step up and be a leader on the field," Roman Harper explained.

More than most sports, football is a game where players often "wait their turn," deferring to older athletes, preferably seniors, when available. Because of his fiery leadership on the field, Derrick Pope will have his hand- and foot-prints enshrined at the base of Denny Chimes soon. But Pope is now gone, trying his hand at professional football. And other players will have to step up. Harper...