Every season has its memorable moments and game-changing performances, so we’re counting down the 25 most important figures within or around the Crimson Tide program (or foes) who will determine whether Alabama’s upcoming season is a success.
No. 21: Brandon Ivory
The nose tackle position has always been crucial in Alabama’s defense. Players like Terrence Cody, Josh Chapman and Jesse Williams set a high bar when it comes to eating up blockers.
Ivory returns for his second year as starter after taking over the job from Williams last year. His numbers fall in line with some of his predecessors, but Ivory plans on stepping it up in 2014.
“I’m trying to improve my pass rushing game and also playing the run, too, do different things, stunts and stuff like that,” Ivory said. “Mostly, it’s pass rushing.”
Ivory made 1 ½ of his 24 tackles behind the line last year without a sack and one quarterback hurry. It sounds like they’re looking for more athleticism up front this fall, but Ivory’s primary goal will again be eating up blockers so the linebackers can feast.
He also has Bo Davis back as his positional coach. Ivory is one of the few who were around for Davis’ first run as Alabama’s defensive line coach, so he’ll be a little more familiar with the concepts than most.