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Football Fight: Strong Safety

Football Fight: Strong Safety

A rule of thumb in projecting the depth chart at a football position is to start with the returning starter. Jeffrey Dukes started Alabama's last game, the Cotton Bowl victory over Texas Tech. But it would be a stretch to say the senior strong safety is a returning starter. Alabama finished the 2005 season with a 10-2 record as the Tide closed out play with a 13-10 win in the Cotton Bowl.

Alabama shut down the powerful Red Raiders' offense with a defense that employed at least five defensive backs on every play. Jeffrey Dukes got the start for Bama against Texas Tech as the nickel back, a first team position he "inherited" when Simeon Castille was academically ineligible for the Cotton Bowl. The Red Raiders had one of the nation's most prolific offensive teams, but the Crimson...

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