Alabama LB Dylan Moses on defensive identity: 'I want to strike fear in my opponents'
Dylan Moses is back and ready to lead Alabama’s defense in the 2020 season. And on Monday, he shared some strong words about his goals for the upcoming campaign.
“I want to strike fear in my opponents, I want it to be just like how it used to be as far as our culture goes,” Moses told the media. “That’s what Alabama’s identity is, and I want to bring that back.”
“I want to strike fear in my opponents.” — Dylan Moses. pic.twitter.com/eAWnlaFIZf
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) September 21, 2020
Moses missed all of 2019 due to a torn ACL he suffered in fall camp, which required season-ending surgery. And instead of entering the 2020 NFL Draft, the linebacker opted to return to Alabama for his senior season.
Without Moses, the Crimson Tide ranked 20th in the nation with 324.4 yards allowed per game in 2019, which was fourth best in the SEC behind Georgia, Florida and Missouri. But Moses appears motivated to help Alabama play even better on the defensive side of the ball this season, which has been a staple during the Nick Saban era.
Moses is likely to have a big impact on the field. From 2017-18, he appeared in 26 games for the Crimson Tide, totaling 116 tackles, five sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. This season will also be another opportunity for him to improve his NFL draft stock, although he’s already likely to be an early selection in 2021.
Alabama is set to open the season on Saturday at Missouri at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.