The Rant Sports, SEC 50 Players in 50 Days countdown rolls right along is we have hit the 38 day mark. Today we take a look at Alabama Crimson Tide safety Robert Lester, a player who will now have his responsibility increased due to the loss of first round draft pick Mark Barron.
Robert Lester, FS, Alabama:
Alabama readies for the 2012 college football season, trying to repeat as the BCS National Champion. Last years title was the second in three years for the Crimson Tide and the they are in the midst of what could become a dynasty, the likes of which we haven’t seen in quite some years. Coach Nick Saban is widely known as the best coach in the country, as his winning attitude, national titles and recruiting speaks for itself. Alabama will be trying to replace a wealth of talent on defense in 2012, as only four starters return from last year. In the secondary, senior Robert Lester will lead a cast that is talented, all be it inexperienced.
Lester is the lone returning starter in a secondary that many feel will just reload. Nick Saban’s defensive philosophy has been to employ a ton of nickel and dime coverages, and I don’t expect him to deviate much from that plan this coming season.
Lester has been a staple in the Alabama secondary since 2009. As a freshman, he played in eight games and tallied eight tackles on the season. As a sophomore, Lester started all 13 games and was a second team All-SEC selection, he also recorded 52 tackles, which was good for sixth on the team. Lester also had an SEC best eight interceptions, which was good for second nationally. Last year, as a junior, he took a slight step back, in regard to tackles, as he only recorded 36, but did have three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal.
Lester will have to be more vocal in 2012, as the younger more inexperienced guys will look to him for leadership. He will have plenty of talent surrounding him. A luxury that hopefully will allow him to add to his interception total of 10 achieved over the past two years.