Nick Saban Praises Reggie Ragland During Stop in Huntsville

Huntsville, Ala. –  Perhaps lost in the discussion of Alabama’s offense on A-Day was the play of Reggie Ragland.

The junior started in the job formerly held by soon-to-be first-round pick C.J. Mosley and led the game in tackles.

His 10 stops included 2 ½ behind the line of scrimmage. An interception of a Blake Sims’pass late in the fourth quarter topped off the day. Ragland read the quarterback’s eyes as he dropped in coverage and stepped in front of freshman Cam Sims for the turnover.

Competing with former 5-star Reuben Fosterfor the middle linebacker job, Ragland made a move Saturday. Foster, who’d been slowed by a stinger all spring, left late in the first half with an injury in the head/neck region.

Ragland had a quick answer when asked about the differences in this defense compared to the 2013 version.

“I feel like we’re more focused and I think we have a little bit more speed on the defense,” Ragland said. “But we need to keep coming in and getting better every day.”

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