Pair of standout Alabama defensive players make preseason All-America Team

While questions remain on how Alabama’s offense will continue to sputter along despite unproven quarterbacks at the helm, the defense remains a force to be reckoned with.

While there’s no doubt about the talent the Crimson Tide has spread throughout the defense, compiled the preseason All-America Team with two Alabama standout starters:

“LB: Trey DePriest, Alabama

A senior, DePriest will anchor a Tide linebacking unit that has to replace first-round pick and former All-American and Butkus Award winner C.J. Mosley. A 6-2, 250, DePriest is a cinder block in the middle of Alabama’s front seven. He was third on the team in tackles last season and is a good bet to lead the Tide in that category this season.”

Once a five-star prospect, the senior returns after starting 26 games over the last two seasons. He had 65 tackles with 2.0 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles in 2013.

“S: Landon Collins, Alabama

Collins played both strong and free safety as a sophomore in 2013, ranking second on the team in tackles and contributing two picks. With Ha Ha Clinton-Six now in the NFL, Nick Saban will look to Collins to become a full-fledged star and lead the Tide’s secondary in 2014.”

A second team All-SEC player last season, Collins started nine games last season with 70 tackles and two forced fumbles.

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