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Safety looks to lead

Roman Harper

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... Recommended Stories