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Alabama DL Phidarian Mathis earns weekly honor from Reese’s Senior Bowl

Phidarian Mathis (#48) running to make a play for Alabama versus LSU
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics/ SEC Media Portal

Alabama football might have three first-round draft picks for 2022 with Evan Neal, Jameson Williams, and Jordan Battle.

If a fourth one rises, it may be defensive lineman Phidarian (Phil) Mathis.

The fifth-year senior from Louisiana has been disruptive all season upfront. Jim Nagy, the Executive Director for the Reese’s Senior Bowl, has been impressed with Mathis.

He was one of several players on the watch list for the Senior Bowl in the preseason. Mathis had a dominant game versus Louisiana State University at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

He recorded nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three quarterback hurries (hits), and one fumble recovery. His energy pushed the Crimson Tide’s defense to hold LSU to 14 points in a 20-14 win.

The 6-foot-4, 312-pounder won Defensive Player of the Week from the Senior Bowl.

Mathis leads Alabama’s defensive line for total tackles (36) and has 6.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

He projects as a second-rounder on my board for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.

RELATED: Alabama LB Will Anderson named SEC Defensive Player of the Week following LSU win

However, he will rise to first-round status if he wrecks Auburn’s offensive front in the Iron Bowl.

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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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