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Spring preview: Defensive line

Alabama was dominant across the defensive front in 2011 and is rebuilding

Updated: February 23, 2012, 11:47 AM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's hard to remember when the University of Alabama defensive line came under scrutiny in 2011.

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireDefensive coordinator Kirby Smart is rebuilding Alabama's defensive line for 2012.
But for a two-game stretch, the front three wasn't getting to the quarterback. For nine straight quarters, the Tide were held without a sack. Against North Texas and Penn State, the defense was getting to the quarterback, just not in time.

Looking back, it's strange to consider a flaw in arguably the best defensive unit since the 1992 squad that punished Miami in the national championship.

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