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Hightower Emerges In New Position
Mark Ingram is one of the most dedicated players on Coach Nick Saban's Alabama football team, one reason that Ingram was the Heisman Trophy winner for the Crimson Tide's national championship team in 2009. One player who missed much of that 14-0 season is Dont'a Hightower, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game last year. Hightower spent the rest of 2009 on the sidelines, watching Butkus Award winner Rolando McClain lead the Crimson Tide defense from his middle linebacker spot. Now Hightower, who was the starter at the other inside position, weakside linebacker, as a freshman in 2008 and in the first three games last year, is moving into McClain's spot, which is the signal-caller and leader of the defense. Ingram said that Hightower has not only taken to his new role, but that the sophomore (he was awarded a medical redshirt from last season) is an improved player. Ingram said, "He's studying a lot of film. He knows that defense well. I think he learned a lot...
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