Moses' leadership at LB key for Alabama defense

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 7/17/19

HOOVER -- The middle linebacker has been one of the most pivotal positions in the Nick Saban era at Alabama.

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Moses' leadership at LB key for Alabama defense

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HOOVER -- The middle linebacker has been one of the most pivotal positions in the Nick Saban era at Alabama.

From Butkus award winners in Rolando McClain, C.J. Mosely and Reuben Foster to All-Americans Dont'a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw and Reggie Ragland, the signal caller and leader on the defense for the Crimson Tide has come with prestige and honor, as well as high expectations and intense scrutiny.

Dylan Moses enters the 2019 season as the heir to the award-winning legacy of being a linebacker at Alabama. The junior's play in his Crimson Tide career has been impressive, including a sophomore campaign that included 86 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass deflection.

Moses knows his role carries a required amount of versatility to be able to drop into coverage or shadow tight ends and runningbacks on one play, then rush the quarterback on the following. Quick-thinking and recognition is also paramount, as the middle linebacker position is commonly one that ensures all members of the defense are lined up correctly and have their assignments.

"I feel that the middle linebacker position is the quarterback of the defense. You have to be very vocal and focused. Here at Alabama, we have had a great succession of linebackers who have been honored because of the leadership, play and importance to the team," Moses said. "Following in their footsteps is something I don't take lightly -- it's a huge honor and one I work hard to make sure I will do well at."

While much of the preparedness with playing the middle linebacker position comes with its grueling physical regimen -- including strength conditioning and endurance training -- the mental aspect of the role carries as much weight as its physical counterpart.

"I actually spend a lot of time studying our own offense, as I feel that it's one of the best in the nation and has the capability to be the best. I also study our quarterback Tua a lot to see what his reads are and how he executes plays. Now I can't go up to him and ask him where his reads are going to because he's not going to tell me," Moses said with a laugh. "But his field vision and his ability to detect what the defense is doing helps me very well from a mental aspect."