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Alabama Football 2021 Spring Preview: DL Justin Eboigbe

Justin eboigbe going for tackle at Alabama football fall camp
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Spring football returned to the University of Alabama on Friday, March 19.

Fans of the Crimson Tide are excited for this edition of athletes taking the field, as Nick Saban and the program look to repeat as national champions. With 15 practice sessions – including the A-Day Game – the staff writers for Touchdown Alabama Magazine will provide in-depth previews on marquee players. 

We are on the defensive side of the ball. Our fifth profile piece is on Justin Eboigbe.

Justin Eboigbe

-Classification: Junior

Position: Defensive Lineman

-Hometown: Forest Park, Ga.

-Height: 6-5

-Weight: 285 pounds

-Strengths: Power, athleticism, speed, quick hands, run stopper, experience

-Weaknesses: Needs more opportunities

Summary: Alabama signed 11 linemen in its 2019 recruiting class, including six on defense.

Antonio Alfano and Ishmael Sopsher are no longer with the program, but Justin Eboigbe is back as a junior. He has played in 23 career games — six starts — and has had some good moments. A native of Forest Park, Ga., Eboigbe was a talented defensive end out of high school and garnered a four-star rating. He flashed signs of potential as a freshman, recording 10 tackles (three for loss), 1.5 sacks, and one quarterback pressure in 10 games. His number of starts increased last season (four), and he took a step forward in his production. Eboigbe was responsible for 19 tackles, three quarterback pressures, and one interception in 2020.

His quick hands proved to be important versus Georgia, as he recorded his first career pick off a batted pass. Eboigbe collected one of four turnovers against the Bulldogs in Alabama’s 41-24 victory.

He brings power off the line of scrimmage, but Eboigbe’s athleticism and wingspan could mature him into becoming an intriguing sack specialist.

He, DJ Dale, and Byron Young are all in an important junior year. NFL teams will be studying all three players to see which one is the most prepared for the next level. They will be competing together to help Alabama repeat as national champions and have a top-five defense; however, the trio will also be racing against each other for quality draft value.

Nick Saban likes what Eboigbe provides, but can he separate himself as a playmaker?

This spring allows him to do it. He needs to show the coaching staff he deserves more opportunities in the starting rotation.

Related Alabama football spring profiles

QB: Bryce Young

QB: Paul Tyson

QB: Jalen Milroe

RB: Brian Robinson Jr.

RB: Keilan Robinson

RB: Jase McClellan

RB: Trey Sanders

RB: Roydell Williams

WR: John Metchie

WR: Xavier Williams

WR: Slade Bolden

WR: Javon Baker

WR: Christian Leary

WR: Agiye Hall

WR: Ja’Corey Brooks

OL: Evan Neal

OL: Emil Ekiyor Jr.

OL: Chris Owens

OL: JC Latham

DL: Phidarian Mathis

DL: LaBryan Ray

DL: DJ Dale

DL: Byron Young

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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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