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Its November 2012. Cody Allen Jersey . Alabama is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country when Johnny Manziel storms into Tuscaloosa. Its early in the first quarter, and Texas A&Ms sprightly freshman quarterback bounces around in a collapsing pocket. Hes toying with a lumbering pass rush, it seems, as he veers left into the open field. Six seconds is too long to cover anyone, and Manziel finds a wide open Ryan Swope in the end zone to go ahead 14-0, stunning the crowd.A year later, the Kick Six is right around the corner. But instead of one second left on the clock, go back to when there was less than a minute remaining and Alabama led Auburn 28-21. Auburn has the ball around midfield, and Nick Marshall keeps on the zone-read. Xzavier Dickson flinches on the run fake, then gives chase. The 265-pound linebacker dives and comes away with nothing but grass. Marshall pulls up right as he sees the secondary abandon Sammie Cotes and throws for the game-tying score.Five weeks pass, and its on to the Sugar Bowl, where Oklahoma freshman Trevor Knight has the cleanest pocket youll ever see on his first of three touchdown passes. In the fourth quarter, he rolls out to his right, beginning a comical race. Brandon Ivory, Alabamas 300-pound nose guard, is huffing and puffing and giving it all hes got. Then theres Knight, who doesnt seem bothered at all. He just shuffles his feet, buying time. Again, six seconds is enough. The secondary breaks, and Knight connects with Sterling Shepherd in the end zone for the final nail in the Tides coffin.Three games over the span of two seasons. Three newfangled spread offenses. Three mobile quarterbacks.Three losses for Alabama that forever altered Nick Sabans outlook on defense.If Saban had plans to add to his two championships at Alabama, he knew then that he had to change. His defense couldnt continue to be a step slow.According to Tyler Siskey, who was Sabans director of player personnel at the time, those discussions were picking up steam around the recruiting office. The old ground-and-pound SEC was giving way to a preponderance of spread offenses, and it was understood that the big, bad Bama defense of old had to reinvent itself. There were phenomenal players on the roster who had become outdated, Siskey said, useful only against the likes of LSU or Arkansas.In the background, they were already working on something different.By signing day 2014 - a month after the loss to Oklahoma - many of the pieces were in place. Ryan Anderson, an athletic outside linebacker from South Alabama, had just finished a redshirt freshman season in which he played primarily on special teams. Tim Williams, a lanky defensive end from Louisiana, was showing some promise as a true freshman as a pure speed-rusher. Meanwhile, a four-star prospect named Jonathan Allen was getting ready to sign his letter of intent. Together, theyd form the nucleus of the lightning-quick pass-rush we know today.Against Tennessee last weekend, the pair of seniors were part of a defense that sacked quarterback Joshua Dobbs on three consecutive third downs at the start of ?the game. Williams got it started by dropping Dobbs for a 17-yard loss, followed by Allens stop which came in at minus-10 yards. Then, on a third-and-19 later in the first quarter, it was Anderson who applied the pressure and hurried Dobbs into an errant screen pass that resulted in a pick-six by safety Ronnie Harrison.Were faster at every position, Saban said.No, it wasnt by mistake.Its been a couple of years in the making, he said.Its fun to call Alabama an assembly line of talent. Its also a useful tool to describe the way Saban wants to recruit.Everyone looks the same because thats exactly how its set up to be. Theres an ideal size and weight for every position --?parameters, as Siskey calls them.Take middle linebacker, for instance. C.J. Mosley is the exception to the rule, of course, but if you look at his predecessor, Nico Johnson, and his successor, Reggie Ragland, they look almost identical. They all basically look like Sabans first great middle linebacker at Alabama, Rolando McClain: roughly 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds.Its pretty black and white, cut and dry, Siskey said. Thats what hes looking for, and its our job to go find them.The same could have been said for defensive linemen. From Marcell Dareus to Quinton Dial to Jesse Williams, they were all space-eaters with varying degrees of quickness. Like the hulking nose guard Terrence Cody, they were all great against the run.Then the game changed.When it became clear that hurry-up offenses werent going anywhere, Saban stopped asking, Is this what we want football to be? and started getting with the program. He adapted his parameters in recruiting, according to Siskey, and the two positions that were most affected were linebacker and defensive line.Speed was put at a premium. In 2014, Alabama signed blue-chip defensive end Jonathan Allen, who began his high school career at receiver. The next year, slightly undersized outside linebackers Rashaan Evans and Christian Miller signed on.During the offseason, freshman linebacker Mack Wilson tweeted a picture of the max velocity of the running backs, tight ends, linebackers and quarterbacks on the team. Half the top 10 were linebackers, including Wilson at No. 6. The fastest of the group: Evans, who clocked in at 20.52 miles per hour.But the best example of Alabamas newfound speed on defense might be Tim Williams. For the longest time, it didnt appear that Williams would ever find his niche. He simply wasnt big enough. He was supposed to be a Jack linebacker, yet at roughly 230 pounds, he was a far cry from the 260-pound prototype of Courtney Upshaw, who dominated at the position during Alabamas championship season in 2011-12.It took two years for Saban to carve out a suitable role for Williams on defense, but when he did, the effect was immediate. Williams job was simple: rush the passer. He didnt start a single game and rarely saw the field unless it was third down. Still, he managed 11.5 sacks as a junior and entered this season as a potential top-five pick in next years NFL draft.Through seven games, he leads the team in quarterback hurries and is tied with Ryan Anderson for second, with 4.5 sacks.Hes one of the fastest guys in the NCAA right now, especially his first step, Evans said. Hes always creating a mismatch any time hes going against any tackle.South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, who cut his teeth under Saban as an assistant at LSU, said he isnt sure whether his old boss would have even bothered recruiting someone like Williams 10 years ago.But hes adapted and changed, he said. Hes evolved.Its too late to say what this Alabama defense would do to Johnny Manziel or Nick Marshall.But theres always Trevor Knight.On Saturday, Alabamas defensive evolution will come full circle when it welcomes to Tuscaloosa No. 8 Texas A&M and its transfer quarterback, Knight. The team Knight helped beat while at Oklahoma is simply not the same team anymore. Sure, Alabamas defense is still plenty big and strong. But now its athletic too.Most of the defensive linemen actually shed weight during the offseason. Ask around, and theyll tell you they feel theyre even faster than they were last season, when they led the country in sacks. The numbers back that up: With 27 sacks through seven games, Alabama is slightly ahead of last seasons averages.Go back to the 2013 season and the game against Knights Sooners, and Alabama had 22 sacks all season. That feels like forever ago. Now, Siskey said, were seeing the full effect of Sabans decision to shift priorities in recruiting.One of the most ingenious things Saban has done, and I think the college football world has seen it come to fruition this year, as these players are playing now, is how hes adapted his parameters, he said. Hes adapted as the game has changed.Now, when Saban wants to cover the field with speed, he has options. He can call for the nickel rabbits package and shift Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson from outside linebacker to defensive end to go with an additional five defensive backs and two linebackers.When that happens, theres nowhere to run.From big and bulky to speedy and sleek, Alabamas no longer a step slow. 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Weve got to build off of this and establish our identity.With injuries to Paul George and C.J. Miles, the Pacers have turned to Glenn Robison III, and he has responded. He scored a career-high 20 points against the Nets.Coach told me to always be ready, and to be confident, Robison said.McMillan added: Hes really stepped up for us. Offensively, Im not worried about him. Im very confident with him on the floor.The Pacers have had a lot more success at home this season, winning seven of their 11 games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Three of those four losses, however, were without Paul George in the lineup.The Clippers (14-3) are off to a great start this season, but dropped their last game in Detroit, 108-97. It was their first road loss of the season.They came to play, coach Doc Rivers of the Clippers said. They were ready to play. I thought we just kind of showed up.The Clippers havent lost two straight this season and hope to avoid that again on Sunday. Eddie Robinson Jersey. One reason for the Clippers success is their ability to get to the foul line. Through 17 games, they are taking and making more free throws than any team in the NBA.Free throws are a huge part of the game, forward Paul Pierce told the Orange County Register. If you have a guy that can get to the line or get to the basket down the stretch, thats a dangerous player.The Pacers have had some issues containing point guards this season, and Chris Paul is one of the best in the business.Paul is averaging 19.3 points in the Clippers wins, and only 10.7 points in their three losses. 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