With the unexpected transfer of redshirt freshman Kendall Sheffield coupled with the departure of Maurice Smith, the Alabama secondary - all of a sudden - needs its young players to step up and provide depth for its pass defense.

No one knows how to do that more than sophomore Minkah Fitzpatrick. As a true freshman in 2015, the New Jersey native made 45 tackles, recorded two interceptions (both for touchdowns), and added a blocked punt and touchdown.

Fitzpatrick is expected to be one of the leaders of the secondary as it adapts to a few departures and introduces a number of talented young players.

Following Thursday's fall practice, the cornerback met with reporters to talk about fall camp and how the defense is progressing. You can watch that entire conversation in the video above.