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Kane Wommack takes over the edge rusher position

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After losing two top pass rushers to the NFL Draft in the past two years, Alabama football is looking for talent to move up to the top.

For now, defensive coordinator Kane Wommack likes what he sees, particularly naming four players who he said showed great potential to the media during spring training on Wednesday.

“I just saw some flashes from some of our guys,” Wommack said. “I think you can point to a guy like Quandarrius Robinson, who's been here a long time, done some really good things and continues to buy into what we're doing offensively by understanding the plan… I think Kenau Koht has one.” A real badass, I think he did something special as a pass rusher. I've been really happy with Qua Russaw over the last few days and for me Yhonzae Pierre has really special skills. So I'm happy with every single one of these guys, especially when it comes to their natural abilities. I think we’re moving in the right direction.”

Robinson brings the most in-game experience to the Crimson Tide, having spent time on both special teams and defense in each of his 14 games in 2023. The redshirt senior finished the 2023 season with 24 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, along with 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries.

Koht, a redshirt junior, struggled with injuries in his first two seasons at Alabama but appeared in three games for the Crimson Tide last season. Russaw, a former five-star recruit from Carver High in Montgomery, and Pierre, a former four-star recruit from Eufaula High in Eufaula, are both coming off their redshirt freshman season.

Alabama is approaching its final week of spring training in preparation for A-Day on April 13 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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Anna Snyder covers high school sports and softball and football recruiting at the University of Alabama for The Tuscaloosa News. Reach her at [email protected]. Follow her on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, @annaesnyder2