Malachi Moore gives his perspective on Alabama’s secondary

On3 imageby:Justin Rudolph04/28/23

The Alabama Crimson Tide is consistently revered for its defense. And fans and opposition of the program should not expect that to change anytime soon, especially with top-end talent on that side of the ball, including safety Malachi Moore.

This offseason Alabama pulled in another highly talented recruiting class with a handful of players expected to make an impact next season. Moore has had his eye on the Crimson Tide secondary and those young incoming players for much of this off-season and recently gave his thoughts on the incoming crop of young players.

“I think all the cornerbacks, all the secondary, I think they’re coming along real nice,” said Moore. “And I like the way they’ve been working. You know, some days we have good days, some days we have bad days. But I tell those guys, like, just keep pushing and keep taking the next step. And make sure that they’re great in their technique and sound in their technique and get up there with their position coaches and learning the system as much as they can. So, I really like what I’m seeing of the young guys.”

Moore was all over the field for Alabama last season. He finished the year with 31 tackles,1.5 sacks, and five pass breakups. The junior defensive back was also an impact player on special teams with a returned blocked punt for a touchdown and winning special teams player of the week by Alabama’s coaches in three different weeks last season.

Now if the incoming players can wreck the game the same way Moore has, the Crimson Tide’s defense will continue its dominating ways in 2023.

Nick Saban on secondary

With a ton of young inexperienced players coming in having Moore and Kool-Aid McKinstry as the veterans in the secondary room will go a long way. But if you’re expecting their seniority to automatically give them the nod over the newbies, you don’t know head coach Nick Saban.

When asked about the duo, and what kind of opportunity they have this spring ahead of the season, Saban had this to say.

“It’s an opportunity for them to play, it’s an opportunity for them to create value for themselves in their future by how they play. But it’s no different for them than it is for all the other guys,” Saban said.

“So I think that’s everybody’s opportunity and I don’t see it any different for those guys. They have experience, experience probably matters, their leadership probably matters and how it helps other players around them develop, but I think that creates value for them as well,” Saban said.