Losses are still coming from Alabama, this time on its roster.
After losing Crimson Tide 33:18 to Georgia in Monday’s College Football Playoff, several players entered the transfer portal, according to Charlie Potter of 247 Sports. Players on the transfer portal include quarterback Paul Tyson – Great Hall coach’s great-grandson Bear Bryant – offensive line Tommy Brown, tight Jahleel Billingsley, linebacker King Mwikuta and former five-star linebacker Drew Sanders.
Potter noted that other Crimson Tide players could test the broadcast portal as well.
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Of the five transfers, only two were major contributors. Billingsley combined for 35 receptions, 543 reception yards and six reception landings in 2020 and 21. But Billingsley began the season at Nick Saban’s kennel when he didn’t start against Miami in the opening season.
“We are just trying to make Jahleel a very responsible, disciplined person and at the same time a responsible and disciplined player,” Saban said before the match. “How that happens is to some extent up to him and his choice.”
Cameron Latu, a junior, led all tight ends with 26 receptions at 410 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021.
Sanders’ entry to the portal is a little more surprising, as it is likely to play a bigger role in 2022. The sophomore – ranked overall player 22 in the 2020 class – has played 15 combined matches in the last two seasons, a combination for 33 tackles, 1.5 for a loss and bag.
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Sanders, the top-ranked athlete in the 2020 class who decided to play the linebacker for Tide, missed a significant amount of playing time in 2021 due to a hand and wrist injury. His absence allowed freshman Dallas Turner to feel his presence; he made the most of his opportunity and played 8.5 sacks in the last seven games of the year, including two against Georgia.
Tyson played 11 games behind Bryce Young, the winner of the Heisman Trophy of 2021. The former four-star prospect completed 10 of 16 passes for 150 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions in limited time. First player Jalen Milroe, third in the Crimson Tide depth chart, played five games, finishing 3 of 7 passes at 41 yards and scoring. He also added 15 rushes for 57 yards.