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Alabama linebacker adjusting to playing at tight end next season

He went through Alabama’s first session of spring practice at tight end and it appears as though it will be the spot for outside linebacker, Cameron Latu for next season. 

Despite being recruited at linebacker in the Crimson Tide’s 2017 class, head coach Nick Saban stated on last week that the team lacks experience and depth at tight end – especially with Hale Hentges and Irv Smith Jr. gone leaving for the National Football League and junior Kedrick James serving a four-game suspension because of an NCAA violation. 

As productive as Miller Forristall was his freshman season in 2016, a serious knee injury the following year and Smith showing out in 2018 has limited his action. Major Tennison and true freshman Jahleel Billingsley will be production; however, both are still learning the system. 

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Listed at 6-foot-5 and 247 pounds, Latu has the size to be a solid tight end. 

Blocking techniques and route running concepts are two aspects that Tide fans want to see executed from the four-star athlete. In Wednesday’s airing of In My Own Words, Stephen Smith of Touchdown Alabama Magazine breaks down Latu and how he will benefit Alabama on offense. 

You can listen to the audio version of the podcast on SoundCloud.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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