Dylan Moses provides a lot in returning to Alabama football defense

Brett Hudson
Tide Sports
OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 15:  Dylan Moses #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide defends during a game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Dylan Moses is proud of the freshmen who took his place last season. His season-ending knee injury in August of 2019 left Shane Lee and Christian Harris to occupy the inside linebacker positions in Alabama’s defense; although that defense was UA’s worst in a decade by points allowed per game and yards per carry allowed, Moses applies context to the job they were given.

“They did better than what I could’ve done at that time; I know when I was a freshman in August, I was still learning,” Moses said. “I commend them for doing a great job, stepping up and taking that role.”

Now, Moses is determined to improve on what they did.

Moses was expected to be a huge part of Alabama’s 2019 defense, if not one of the best linebackers in the nation on the way to a first-round draft pick. Moses has plans on accomplishing them all in 2020, now that his body is where it needs to be.

“Honestly, it was a long process,” Moses said. “I kept trying to rush my process and my body kept telling me no. I don’t think about it or have any second thoughts (on the field now).”

Moses’ 2018 season was a strong one for a sophomore linebacker in the SEC, finishing with the team lead in tackles, 10 of them for loss, plus 3 1/2 sacks. Moses’ physical skills are not necessarily his most desirable for UA coach Nick Saban.

“I think we need better leadership. I think Dylan Moses can provide some of that,” Saban said.

Saban also pointed out run defense and red-zone defense as areas with room for improvement after UA finished tied for 43rd in run defense last season and tied for 42nd in red-zone defense.

Moses has an answer for those woes.

“I feel like the defense as a whole needs to get better at communication,” Moses said. “You just have to be confident. I feel like me being out there gives guys a sense of security, confidence in our communication so we’ll be able to communicate from one side of the field to the other.”

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