No. 7 Dre Kirkpatrick


Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick intercepts the pass by Florida quarterback John Brantley during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 2, 2010.

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Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 10:27 p.m.

Gatorsports counts down the top 25 players in the SEC, leading right up to SEC Media Days.

No. 7 DRE KIRKPATRICK

Alabama junior cornerback

Why he's No. 7: Kirkpatrick has great speed, agility and natural instincts in coverage. But at 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds, it's his size that sets him apart from most cornerbacks. He can play a very physical game and match up with any receiver.

Key number: 53. Last season, his first year as a starter, Kirkpatrick was fourth on the team with 53 tackles.

Fun fact: One of the most highly rated recruits in the country, Kirkpatrick chose Alabama over Florida and Texas and got to play against both teams in the final two games of his freshman season — the SEC Championship Game and the BCS National Championship Game.

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