Ragland eager to lead Alabama defensive improvement

Alabama senior linebacker Reggie Ragland was credited with 95 tackles last season, including 10.5 for lost yardage.

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As the unquestioned leader of this year's Alabama defense, senior linebacker Reggie Ragland does not lack in ability or in former players who can give him advice.

"I'm going to approach this season the way all the great ones here have approached it," Ragland said this past week at Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala. "I've talked to C.J. Mosley over the summer. I've talked to Dont'a Hightower, and I've talked to Rolando McClain. I've tried picking their brains to find out what they did when they were here and had the same accolades.

"I've