Welcome back fellow Tide fans to your weekly “Know your Foe.” This week, we will be focusing on former 5-star prospect and arguably the best linebacker in the SEC, Henry To’oto’o. Coming in at 6″2′ and weighing around 225 pounds, the Tennessee standout has taken the next steps into becoming an elite play maker. He posses some of the most sought after traits: a player who can fly to the ball, and someone who does not shy away from contact.
His name should be familiar to anyone who keeps up with Bama recruiting, as he was one of the rare misses by Nick Saban and staff. To’oto’o has certainly lived up to his high school ranking, and has the ability to play inside and outside linebacker. While his physical traits are outstanding, what is even more impressive is his overall football IQ. I know that can be a “cliché” thing to say, but after reviewing film of his games against Georgia and Missouri, I came away impressed at how quickly he has learned the defense, along with the speed in which he get the calls into to the rest of UT’s front seven.
If there is one weakness – albeit a small one – its that To’oto’o can at times play too aggressive and this hinders him from making a play. Overall, Tennessee’s defensive line has not lived up to the potential and this has put more pressure on the linebackers. Look for Alabama to come out and stretch the linebackers from sideline to sideline and then begin to apply pressure on the middle of the Vol’s defense. The Crimson Tide will use their dominate O-Line to open up lanes for Najee Harris and Brian Robinson Jr, then Henry To’oto’o will get a heavy dose of Landon Dickerson at the second level. Because of all these points above, Alabama will win the game by a score of 56-23. Roll Tide
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Cory Dees is an Alabama football and recruiting analyst for Team Tide Talk. Follow him on Twitter @CDees247. Always feel free to reach out with questions and comments. Roll Tide.
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