Forecasting the Tide: Defensive end 

December, 18, 2012
Editor’s note: Every Tuesday and Thursday between now and national signing day, TideNation will review each position and look at who figures to start, who could rise up the depth chart and who might be on the way. Today we’ll look at the defensive ends.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The defensive line has been a veteran unit at the University of Alabama this season, highlighted by seniors Damion Square and Quinton Dial. The duo has helped the defense uphold its lofty status as the tops in the country in yards allowed. Their ability to rush the passer as well as help in run support is something that comes only with age and experience -- knowing how and when to maintain their lanes and gap assignments.

But when Square and Dial leave for careers beyond The Capstone, who will inherit their positions on the defensive line? How will their replacements balance the desire to sack the quarterback with the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of coach Nick Saban's intricate 3-4 scheme?
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