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Alabama LB Ben Davis enters his name into NCAA transfer portal

Ben Davis celebrates a sack versus Mississippi State in 2019
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Alabama football is losing a linebacker to the NCAA transfer portal.

He arrived in the 2016 signing class as a five-star and followed in his father’s footsteps, but Ben Davis is ready to become a household name elsewhere. After redshirting his freshman season, Davis endured a difficult process to earn playing time.

He did not record any stats in 2017 and 2018, despite playing in three games. He was recruited to be an inside linebacker from Gordo (Ala.) High School, but he transitioned to outside linebacker in 2019. With Sal Sunseri as his position coach, Davis finally started to get playing time. He saw action in 11 games as a redshirt junior, totaling four tackles and one sack. His first career sack and tackle for loss came versus Mississippi State. Davis played in 10 games last season and turned in three tackles.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder was on three SEC championship teams (2016, 2018, and 2020) and two College Football Playoff National Championship teams (2017, 2020). His father, Wayne Davis, was the Tide’s all-time leader for career tackles (327).

Ben Davis did not have the career he wanted at Alabama, but he earned his degree and captured some championships.

He now has an opportunity to be an impact player at another program.

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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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