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No. 1, yet room to improve

Many key players return on nation's best defense, but there are key openings

Updated: March 14, 2013, 12:32 PM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Somehow, someway Alabama's defense in 2012 finished in the top 10 of nearly every major statistical category: pass defense, rush defense, red-zone defense, scoring defense. On and on the list went, including a spot atop the most coveted ranking of total defense. The Crimson Tide gave up just 250 yards per game and a total of 153 points all season.

It was an imperfect arrangement held together by Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, a defense with individual ...

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