Friday, December 7, 2012
Tracking the Tide: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix
By Alex Scarborough
Editor’s note: Each day between now and Alabama's date with Notre Dame in the BCS national championship, we will review the season for a key Crimson Tide player and attempt to project what’s next for him. Today we’ll look at safety Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix.
Role in 2012: Clinton-Dix started most games at free safety and shared time with Nick Perry at the position.
The good: The sophomore was a blip on the radar last season, a special teams contributor who found time in mop-up duty during games. This year, the former four-star prospect and No. 2-ranked safety in the Class of 2011 emerged in the Alabama secondary. His interception against Georgia in the SEC championship game tied him for the team lead with four.
The bad: The 6-foot-1, 209-pound native of Orlando showed some of the signs of inexperience in games. He was part of a secondary that looked lost against LSU, Texas A&M and Georgia. Most recently, Aaron Murray torched the Tide deep in the Georgia Dome.
Crystal ball: Give Clinton-Dix time to learn Nick Saban's complex system and the production will follow. Right now, he's the best cover safety Alabama has. His has the size, speed and athleticism to play the position at a high level. With Robert Lester moving on after this season, the most likely safety tandem will include Clinton-Dix and Landon Collins in 2013.