Making the grade: Defense

Loss of impact players to the NFL hasn't put a dent in Bama's elite defense

Updated: October 4, 2012, 7:05 PM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With Alabama on the bye week, it's time to take a breather and examine how well the Crimson Tide have played through the first five games of the season. Their record and ranking are both perfect, but there's still room for improvement.

Today, TideNation will grade the defense and special teams. Yesterday we tackled the offense.

[+] EnlargeDee Milliner
Ray Carlin/Icon SMIDee Milliner has stepped up at cornerback, serving as a lockdown defender in the early going.

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