March 2, 2007

Corner needed to complement Castille

Nick Saban's first round of spring drills at Alabama will get underway on March 24, and a stretch of 15 workouts will close with the Crimson Tide's annual A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 21. BOL sets the table by providing its readers with a spring prospectus. We continue our spring preview by taking a look at the cornerback position.

Secondary coach: Kirby Smart, first year at Alabama.

Leading candidates: 2 Simeon Castille (Sr., 6'1, 189); 36 Eric Gray (Sr.,); 16 Lionel Mitchell (Jr., 6'2, 184).

Next in line: 24 Marquis Johnson (So., 5'11, 178); Chris Rogers (So. 5'11, 190); 28 Javier Arenas (So., 5'9, 176); 23 Tremayne Coger (rFr., 5'10, 174).

2007 Signees: Kareem Jackson (Macon, Ga.); Chris Lett (Pensacola, Fla.);

2006 Season: Alabama ranked 19th in the nation in pass defense, allowing 173 yards per game. Castille garnered first-team all-SEC honors after picking off six passes. His 71 total tackles placed him fourth in that department. Mitchell's four interceptions were second to Castille's total. Gray finished with 17 tackles and two bass breakups.

Strengths: As a junior, Castille led the SEC in total turnovers with nine (six interceptions and three fumble recoveries). In addition to playing the left and right corner spots, Castille has been extremely effective in the nickel back spot, where he has locked down inside receivers over the past three seasons. With Ramzee Robinson gone, he might be asked to hold down the left side.

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