November 19, 2009 at 7:02 PM CST - Updated June 19 at 1:27 PM
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Mark Barron is starting to feel like a defensive back, not just an athlete playing the position.
No. 2 Alabama's free safety is leading the Southeastern Conference and ranks tied for third nationally with six interceptions. The sophomore has taken over the spot in Alabama's secondary held by All-American Rashad Johnson.
Barron played mostly on special teams as a freshman and didn't move to the defense until his senior year of high school.
Barron says he feels like he has made a lot of improvement. That was evident when he made two diving interceptions last weekend at Mississippi State.
The Crimson Tide hosts Chattanooga on Saturday.
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