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of him. He picked up the Texas hat and said, “This hat here? It ain’t got no swagger.” He then proceeded to put on the Alabama hat. The Alabama native chose to stay in-state, represent the Tide, and play for head coach Nick Saban. Kirkpatrick is a well-rounded player. Freshman year, he contributed on special teams in twelve games and recorded eight tackles. Pasadena-bound in January 2010, Kirkpatrick got to face the team he almost committed to. Coming out on top and with the 13th national championship for Alabama, Kirkpatrick should have been feeling confident about coming to Bama and playing for the best team in the country. In the 2010 A-Day game, Kirkpatrick made the game’s only interception and received the Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award for his impressive showing. From that spring game, he gained much respect from fans and his teammates. “He’s got great speed and great quickness, but he’s so long,” Quarterback

Greg McElroy told The Anniston Star. “He’s like 6-1 or 6-2 and he’s got extremely long arms. He can swat or rip at the ball easily. I probably didn’t understand how important that could be until this spring. He knocks down more balls that we’ve had. I look for him to continue to improve.” He had plenty of time to learn the complex Alabama defense from Coach Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. This season he has stepped up and started all six games for the cornerback position. Kirkpatrick has been a valuable player for the Tide. He currently has three interceptions for thirty yards and one forced fumble, which came during the Florida game. With the rebuilding of the Tide’s

defense this season, Kirkpatrick has stepped up and filled the shoes of former Alabama cornerback and 2010 NFL first round pick Kareem Jackson, and it’s a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly. "We're a little hungry to prove that we're still the defense that we were last year," Kirkpatrick told the Mobile Press- Register. Growing up just 122 miles from the University of Alabama, Kirkpatrick has been a huge impact for this young defense. The first-year starter has established his position and role on the team and has given the Tide a little more “swagger.” Kirkpatrick’s five-star ranking hasn’t left any Alabama fan doubting his potential. He has shown college football fans across the nation that the Alabama defense may be young but it doesn’t lack talent. touchdownalabama.net |

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Touchdown Alabama Magazine - Tennessee 2010  

Touchdown Alabama Magazine - Tennessee 2010

Touchdown Alabama Magazine - Tennessee 2010  

Touchdown Alabama Magazine - Tennessee 2010

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