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From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 6 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.
Who is HaHa? Until about a week ago, not many people knew how No. 6 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix came to be known at HaHa.
"Just my real name Ha’Sean," he explained. "HaHa, my grandmother has been calling me that since I was a little kid, so just been a little kid thing."
But does he like it?
"I love it," he said. "Coach loves it. Everyone loves it, so HaHa, that’s what I go with."
His name might have been a mystery, but his talent has never been. The sophomore enters the 2012 season as a potential starter at safety, along with Vinnie Suneri.
At Alabama's media day, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart sized up the competition at safety.
“Anytime that you’ve got the back end of your defense, those are the areas that the rest of the world sees," Smart said. "You don’t see a guy mess up at front, you won’t see a linebacker mess up sometimes. When that guy on the back end messes up, and I know as I’ve played back there before, everyone knows your number, everyone knows your name. Those are usually the mistakes that cost you games. As far as those two positions, what you’re telling the corner to do, what you’re telling the linebacker to check to, they are very critical to our defense, and I couldn’t be happier with the two kids we’ve got. In terms of their intelligence level, ability, and Vinnie has done a great job adjusting to that role. He’s not Mark Barron and he’s not trying to be Mark Barron. He’s trying to be Vinnie, and he does that well. He calls us and makes some plays. Robert [Lester] is a very solid player for us and gets us lined up and understands this defense, through playing three or four years in this system, and he can help our defense.”
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