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The Crimson and White Roundtable: Tide Druid's Turn

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1) Complete this sentence: Alabama’s biggest improvement from the 2007 season will be __________.

Pass defense. Kareem Jackson has a season's worth of experience now, and for all of his upside last year the true freshman in him still showed at times. That should be rectified, while the Strong Safety position should also have someone a little more capable manning it this year. Marcus Carter wouldn't have started at any other SEC school, but guys like Ali Sharrief and Justin Woodall have both the talent and now the experience of being in the system for a year to compliment Rashad Johnson in the middle. Plus, Mark Barron. I'm just saying. Finding another corner or two is imperative, but I think Arenas will be given every opportunity to prove himself (especially as the nickelback) while Marquis Johnson apparently improved enough over the offseason to play with the first team during the spring while incoming guys like Lester and Green could also make an immediate impact. Whoever is out there, though, should be an improvement over last year and we should start seeing better and better coverage as the season wears on.

2) Who will be the unsung hero of the 2008 Crimson Tide? This is a player that hasn’t received any pre-season attention, nor will he receive any post-season attention from the media. Yet without his presence, the Tide would be lost.

Corey Reamer. I don't know why, but I just like him. Could be the leading tackler performance for the first team during A-Day, or maybe it's the fact that we will have someone at linebacker with the pass coverage skills of a safety roving underneath and the speed to improve the dreadful lateral pursuit from last year's bunch, but whatever it is I think he'll come up with some big plays this year, even if he's probably destined for "role player" once the freshman arrive.

3) This is a rather vague question considering we haven’t even started fall practice, but what bowl game can we expect for this Alabama team?

Music City Bowl, maybe Peach. If I'm right that there are 9 winnable games on the schedule and we take them all, then the Peach Bowl will come calling in an instant, but if the 8-4 or, worse, 7-5 that a lot of others are predicting, then Nashville it is.

4) This next one has to do with the recent hub-bub over the sabbatical Kenny Stabler is taking from the radio broadcast. I would like you to pick your ultimate Alabama football radio broadcast team. Pick an announcer, color analyst, a sideline reporter or two, and anything else you’d like to add.

I shall answer in the language of YouTubetry:


Color Analyst

Sideline Reporter