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Davis Leads Another Dominant ‘Bama Front

By BJ Bennett
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There isn't a more imposing player in the country than Alabama's Raekwon Davis, who stands 6'7'', 308 pounds.

For context, Raekwon Davis is as tall as Draymond Green and heavier than Ndamukong Suh.

Remarkably, Alabama has led college football in rush defense three years in a row, ranking no worse than tenth nationally in a single season over the last decade. The Crimson Tide don't just beat opponents at the line of scrimmage, they overwhelm them. Even at a place where domination is the expectation, a talent like Raekwon Davis still stands out. The Alabama junior is the program's next freak-of-nature talent up front.

There isn't a more imposing player in the country than Davis, who stands 6'7'', 308 pounds. For context, Davis is as tall as Draymond Green and heavier than Ndamukong Suh. Davis, who puts the prototype in perspective, has wowed for the Crimson Tide, making highlight reel plays in competition and recording high marks in testing. In addition to his size, Davis has an athleticism that also measures off the charts. Early mock drafts, for 2019, have him going in or around the top ten.

Lat season was a breakout one for Davis as he developed into a consistent playmaking force in the trenches. Despite facing regular double-teams, Davis compiled 69 total tackles, 8.5 sacks and ten tackles for loss as a sophomore. His 4.93 stops per game were the most by an Alabama defensive lineman since Wallace Gilberry way back in 2007, Nick Saban's first year. In fact, Davis led all SEC linemen in total tackles, pacing the Crimson Tide in assists while ranked in the top ten in the league overall. 

Davis, disrupting and destroying at the point of attack, earned first-team All-SEC honors for the national champion Crimson Tide, which paced college football in scoring defense, total defense and, of course, rush defense.    

Fittingly, Davis was at his absolute best under the bright lights. His standout performances in defining games helped solidify Alabama as college football's premier team. Davis, in six contests against nationally-ranked opponents, amassed 34 total tackles, five tackles for loss and four sacks. In a middle-of-the-season stretch against SEC foes, he recorded at least one sack in five consecutive outings.

The playoff was where Davis truly took center stage.

In a rematch with Clemson where Alabama held the Tigers to just six points and 188 total yards, Davis set the tone with two tackles for loss, a sack and an energy that was evident each play. His encore performance was one for the ages. In addition to recording another sack, he, with Georgia up 20-7 in the third quarter and in Alabama territory after an interception, picked off Jake Fromm and returned the pass 19 yards to set up a field goal. Many consider that turnover to be one of the night's signature events.    

This fall, Davis will headline a front seven that may be one of the most massive and athletic in Crimson Tide history. He, at an aforementioned 6'7'', 308 pounds, will join the likes of 6'5'', 287-pound lineman Isaiah Buggs and 6'3'', 262-pound linebacker Anfernee Jennings, among others, in forming the foundation of new coordinator Tosh Lupoi's unit. Look for more of the same from a powerful defensive line and linebacker rotation.  

Once again, Alabama will have an elite, overpowering defense. Literally and figuratively, Davis will be the big name leading the way.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports