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Ex-Alabama LB joins coaching staff

Former Alabama linebacker Denzel Devall (No. 30) makes tackle in 2015 against Wisconsin: Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

He wasn’t taken through seven rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft, but Denzel Devall always knows a place that he can call home. The former Crimson Tide outside linebacker has joined Nick Saban’s coaching staff as a personnel assistant, according to Matt Zenitz of

Devall, a former four-star recruit, enrolled at Alabama in 2012 from Bastrop, La.

The 6-foot-2, 252-pound linebacker recorded 25 tackles, five tackles for loss, a sack, two pass breakups and six quarterback hurries in 15 games last season. Throughout 49 games (career), he accounted for 83 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, six sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups. Devall would earn Freshman All-American honors from Sporting News in 2012, while contributing to the Tide’s defense as a starter and rotation player.

He played on three Southeastern Conference championship teams (2012, 2014-15) and two national championship squads in 2012 and 2015. Saban will be happy to have him on board.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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