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Out Of The Shadows: Ed Stinson, Alabama

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Ed Stinson (No. 49) has been a fixture on Alabama's defensive line for four years, though he's often overlooked among his higher-profile Tide teammates. Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images.
Ed Stinson (No. 49) has been a fixture on Alabama's defensive line for four years, though he's often overlooked among his higher-profile Tide teammates. Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images.

Although it is hard for anyone who has been a starter for the back-to-back BCS national champions to be overshadowed, Ed Stinson has been overlooked during his time playing for Alabama.

Stinson is a 6-foot-4, 292-pound defensive end who has started the last 15 games for Nick Saban, including the 2013 season opener against Virginia Tech. Against the Hokies, Stinson recorded a team-high eight tackles, including a half a sack and a tackle for a loss.   

Stinson is the ideal five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 system with good size, excellent strength and a great motor. Stinson showed in Saturday's win that he is poised to break out this season.  

He consistently controlled the line of scrimmage, something he was able to do throughout last season. He also handles both single blocks and double teams very well by using great hand placement and strong leg drive. He has also shown that he has a good ability to set the edge, forcing runs outside for linebackers C.J. Mosley and Adrian Hubbard to pursue.   

Although five-technique ends tend to be an overlooked commodity, Stinson could see his stock soar with another good year in the Tide's defense.