Or at least that’s what Matt Hinton thinks:
Linebacker • Adrian Hubbard, Alabama
Statistically speaking, Alabama’s defense in 2011 was the best college football has seen in decades. It didn’t get there by devoting itself to developing freshmen. But for as little as Hubbard saw the field last year (he was credited with nine tackles in nine games) behind seniors Courtney Upshaw and Jerrell Harris, he’s wasted no time picking up the slack: Coaches awarded Hubbard in April as the team’s best linebacker over the course of spring drills, and more than a few fans came away from the spring game convinced he was the best player on the entire defense– at least, for that afternoon. Of the six new starters on that side of the ball this fall, Hubbard for Harris on the strong side is the safest bet for avoiding a drop-off.
I hope he’s right.