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Will Tide Special Teams Be Special?

Leigh Tiffin could be back as No. 1

There has never been a football coach who didn't claim to put a lot of emphasis on the kicking game. In some cases that is true. This year it could be particularly important for Alabama.

When Alabama opens the 2007 season against Western Carolina at 6:07 p.m. CDT Saturday, September 1, there is a chance there will be a surprise no matter which team wins the toss. In recent years except in very unusual circumstances it has been routine for the team that wins the game-opening coin toss to defer its kickoff choice to the second half. That has meant that the team losing the toss...

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