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Veteran Tide DB elects to return for senior season

Alabama will welcome back Trevon Diggs to its secondary in 2019 as the junior cornerback announced on Twitter that he would be returning for his senior season.

The Crimson Tide was without Diggs for its final nine games of the year after the Rockville, Md. native broke his foot against Arkansas back in October.

In six starts on the season, Diggs registered 20 tackles, a team high (at the time) six pass breakups and one interception. Before his injury against the Razorbacks, Diggs recorded seven tackles and one pass breakup on the day in Fayetteville. 

Ask anyone early on in the season the feeling was Diggs had turned the corner. 

“Trevon, I think, is a guy that because we moved him over from receiver probably took a little bit of time to develop the kind of confidence in understanding exactly what he was supposed to do,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said earlier this year. “Now, he is actually very, very confident and played really well for us. He’s also playing some Star in some situations in the game, and he’s really learned that and made progress in that regard and gave us some diversity in the back end.

“We’re pleased with what he’s been able to do so far.”

Throughout his career with Alabama, Diggs has amassed 31 tackles, 10 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one interception.

On the season, the Tide ranked 33rd in the nation in passing defense, allowing 198.3 yards per game. 

With Diggs returning, that means Alabama will likely be with the majority of its starting secondary come fall, one year removed from replacing several key pieces to its defensive backfield. 

You can expect a motivated bunch in the defensive backs meeting room this spring and heading into the fall. The Tide allowed Trevor Lawrence to pass for 347 yards and three touchdowns in its title game loss to Clemson. The week before in its semifinal win over Oklahoma, Bama allowed Kyler Murray to throw for 308 yards and two scores. 

Tide safety Xavier McKinney made sure to let Alabama fans know that its outing against the Tigers was not acceptable. 

“Well, of course we had a great season,” McKinney said. “It didn’t end the way we wanted it to end. A lot of that defensively, I blame myself a lot for how we played today, and I just know me personally that I’m going to try my hardest and make sure that this doesn’t happen again. But I thought we played – we had a great season, it just didn’t end the way we wanted it to end.

Alabama will add quite a bit of depth to its secondary as well this fall after the Tide signed yet another elite defensive backs class. 

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