Alabama Junior running back Eddie Lacy, right tackle DJ Fluker, and corner back Dee Milliner declared their intentions to forgo their senior season at the University of Alabama and enter the NFL Draft. This has become an annual occurrence at Alabama. Although this might stifle the progress of most other football programs, this only serves as a lure for top level recruits to join the Alabama Crimson Tide football program so that they can have a chance to join the growing list of former Alabama players that have gone pro thanks to Nick Saban’s guidance and leadership.
Following the conclusion of the 2013 BCS National Championship game where the Alabama Crimson Tide dominated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish ESPN sports reporter Chris Low caught up with Linebacker Nico Johnson, Offensive Lineman Chance Warmack and DJ Fluker, as well as Defensive Back Dee Milliner to hear what they have to say about another impressive victory and winning a national championship.
With 2012 officially in Alabama’s rearview mirror after Monday’s 42-14 rout of Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, the wait is on for the respective decisions of three Crimson Tide juniors who are pondering an early jump to the NFL. Cornerback Dee Milliner, projected by many as a potential top 10 pick, said he would begin the decision-making process today.
The top two playmakers on Alabama's defense made the cut for one of college football's top honors. Cornerback Dee Milliner and linebacker C.J. Mosley are two of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which goes annually to the nation's top defensive player.
Of the 120-plus plays Saturday night in Alabama's 38-7 victory over Mississippi State, some were bigger than others. A couple were the biggest, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. "I think there were two really critical plays in the game," he said. He was referring to Dee Milliner's block of a field-goal attempt in the first quarter and Robert Lester's end-zone interception in the third-quarter that snuffed a 16-play, 97-yard drive.
Since it gave up two long passes by Denard Robinson in a season-opening 41-14 victory over Michigan, Alabama's defense has not been challenged much by deep passes. That's almost certain to change when the Crimson Tide plays at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday at Tennessee. Is Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner looking forward to being tested?
As a junior and a veteran in Alabama's secondary, Dee Milliner has quickly become one of Alabama's go-to interviewees. If he keeps playing like he did Saturday against Michigan, he'll certainly maintain that role.
As a veteran and as a cornerback, Dee Milliner is able to provide a unique and respected opinion about the progress of Alabama's offense. He lines up every day against the unit's wide receivers, so he knows who is making strides and who is, perhaps, easier to cover. He can also provide plenty of perspective on the guys who are throwing those passes.