TUSCALOOSA — There is a fire burning in the belly of the new coach of Alabama’s linebackers.
Those around Sal Sunseri know not to make a mistake around the former Carolina Panther coach, who went from walk-on to All-American as a linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1970s and early ’80s.
“Oh man, he’s an intense guy. You can really tell out there lately,” linebacker Cory Reamer said. “You can tell he’s getting ready for the games. He’s yelling the entire time. He’s always on somebody, but you have to look at it like he’s always trying to get somebody better.”
And it’s not just with the linebackers.
“He’s watching defensive linemen and everybody,” Reamer said.
Arenas fields experience
There is no controversy in naming Javier Arenas the punt returner.
But he isn’t the only one with the ability to do the job, he said.
“We’re all the same back there,” Arenas said. “I’ve just been doing it since I was a freshman and I’ve taken full advantage of it. You can put all the other guys back there, and more than likely, they’ll do the same thing.”
He listed Marquis Maze, Kareem Jackson and Julio Jones as teammates who could step in. Freshman Dre Fitzpatrick may be the future at the position.
“Dre is going to be a great returner when he finally gets relaxed back there,” Arenas said. “The thing about the freshmen, they’re not relaxed back there. They are probably going to be some of the best return men in the country, but you’re not going to be able to tell that because they are kind of a little nervous back there.”