March 15, 2007

Defensive front looking to add some punch

Position coach: Bo Davis, first year at Alabama.

Leading candidates: Tackle: 97 Lorenzo Washington (So., 6'4, 279); 95 Brandon Deaderick (So., 6'4, 271); End: 92 Wallace Gilberry (Sr., 6'4, 264); 93 Bobby Greenwood (Jr., 6'5, 260); 94 Keith Saunders (Sr., 6'3, 248).

Next in line: Tackle: 77 Byron Walton (So., 6'3, 306); 98 Brandon Fanney (So., 6'5, 253); 63 Justin Johnson (Sr., 6'3, 276). End: 90 Milton Talbert (rFr., 6'2, 233); 47 Ezekial Knight (Sr., 6'4, 230).

2007 signees: Josh Chapman (Hoover, Ala.); Luther Davis (West Monroe, La.); Jeremy Elder (College Park, Ga.); Nick Gentry (Prattville, Al.); Alfred McCullough (Athens, Ala.); Kerry Murphy (Hoover, Ala.); Alex Watkins (Brownsville, Tenn.); Chavis Williams (Dora, Ala.).

Returning leader: Gilberry led Tide linemen in sacks (3.5), tackles (43) and tackles for loss (10.5) in 2006.

Strengths: In Gilberry, Saunders and Greenwood, the Tide returns three ends who have combined to make 38 starts over the past two seasons. Gilberry, currently riding a 25-game starting streak, heads into his senior season with 33.5 tackles for loss to his first credit. His 10 quarterback hurries paced the defense in 2006.

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