The losses continue to come from Alabama, this time on its list.
After Crimson Tide’s 33-18 loss to Georgia in the college football playoff championship game on Monday, several players entered the transfer portal, according to Charlie Potter of 247Sports. Transfer portal players include quarterback Paul Tyson – great-grandson of Hall of Fame coach Bear Bryant – offensive lineman Tommy Brown, tight end Jahleel Billingsley, linebacker King Mwikuta and former five-star linebacker Drew Sanders.
Potter noted that other Crimson Tide players could also test the Transfer Portal.
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Of the five transfers, only two were significant contributors. Billingsley combined for 35 receptions, 543 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns in 2020 and 21. But Billingsley started the season in Nick Saban’s niche, not starting against Miami in Game 1 of the season.
“We are just trying to make Jahleel a very responsible and disciplined person as well as a responsible and disciplined player,” Saban said ahead of the game. “How it goes depends in a way on him and his choice.”
Cameron Latu, a junior, led all tight ends with 26 receptions for 410 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021.
Sanders’ entry into the portal is a bit more surprising, as he was likely to play a bigger role in 2022. The runner-up – ranked 22nd among players in the 2020 class – has played 15 combined games over the two past seasons, combining for 33 tackles, 1.5 for loss and a sack.
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Sanders, the top-rated athlete in the 2020 class who chose to play linebacker for the Tide, missed considerable playing time in 2021 with a hand and wrist injury. His absence allowed freshman Dallas Turner to make his presence felt; he made the most of his opportunity, scoring 8.5 sacks in the last seven games of the year, including two against Georgia.
Tyson appeared in 11 games behind 2021 Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young. The former four-star prospect completed 10 of 16 passes for 150 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions in limited playing time. Freshman Jalen Milroe, third on the Crimson Tide depth chart, has appeared in five games, completing 3 of 7 passes for 41 yards and one score. He also added 15 carries for 57 yards.