Trimmer Cody works on condition, pass rush

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Terrence Cody wants to be a slightly smaller force on Alabama's defensive line next season.

The space-hogging nose guard has dropped a few pounds, worked on his conditioning and hopes to keep himself in the game on third-down passing situations - and improve his NFL draft stock in the process.

The 6-foot-5 Cody said he has shed about 10 pounds down to 354 since the season.

It doesn't seem like much shrinkage for the massive lineman but he said it is already paying dividends in spring practice.

Cody was often replaced by Josh Chapman on passing downs last season but still fared well enough to earn first-team AP All-America honors.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Cody can be a stronger pass-rusher than his one-half sack last season would indicate.

Cody said improving as a pass rusher was one of his goals upon deciding to return for his senior season despite being projected as a likely first-round NFL draft pick.

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