With many key defensive starters leaving for the NFL draft, multiple underclassmen and newcomers will have to step up for newly hired defensive coordinator Kevin Steele this upcoming season.

With youth, comes the need for veteran leadership to guide the youngsters along. Luckily, Alabama has Chris Braswell, who is entering his senior season at the Capstone.

During a press conference Tuesday, Braswell was asked about how the young players were doing in practice

"We have a lot of talented young guys coming in that are doing a great job in practice." said Braswell. "Very physical, determined and work very hard."

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The Maryland native was asked how two older players, Trezmen Marshall and Justin Jefferson were doing in spring training.

"It’s been very easy for them. They’re getting onto the playbook pretty well. Like I said, those guys work hard as well." said Braswell.

Marshall, a transfer from Georgia, recorded 19 tackles in two years for the Bulldogs. Jefferson is a JUCO transfer from Pearl River C.C.

Braswell was also asked about his message to the younger guys in the locker room.

"Working hard and if a young guy asks me about a play and I’ll go out and help him with that. Overall to me, just stepping up in that leadership role and being a vocal leader, and also showing leadership. Like, you know, actions." stated Braswell.

The success of younger guys on Alabama's roster this year will prove to be vital, as the Tide will need to find a new quarterback, running back, and numerous defensive starters for the upcoming 2023-24 season.

Braswell will be one of the keys to unlock the Crimson Tide youth's potential.

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