DePriest Gives Boost to Tide Defense

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) - A few hours away,Trey DePriest could see that he was missed in the middle of Alabama's defense.

The Alabama senior linebacker watched on TV as West Virginia gashed the Crimson Tide defense for nearly 400 yards of offense in last week's season opener. Communication was at the heart of Alabama's issues and it was at its worst at inside linebacker, a position filled by two first-time starters (Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster) because DePriest was serving a one-game NCAA-mandated suspension.

"Nobody seemed comfortable with Reuben and Reggie making the calls. That's not their fault," DePriest said. "They're young and inexperienced. They haven't ever been in the fire and played a fastball team. I don't blame that on them at all and I apologized to them for that."

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