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Former Alabama DL Da’Shawn Hand makes practice squad for Titans

Da'Shawn Hand (#92) celebrates a fumble recovery for Lions versus Packers in 2018
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The Tennesee Titans are a team that’s building a roster of former Alabama football players.

Tennessee has Derrick Henry, Julio Jones, and Rashaan Evans.

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Da'Shawn Hand (#9) tackles a Florida running back with Minkah Fitzpatrick (#29) in 2016 SEC Championship Game

Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Florida Gators running back Mark Thompson (24) is tackled by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (9) and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) during the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship college football game at Georgia Dome. Alabama defeated Florida 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

It added a two-time College Football Playoff National Champion to its practice squad on Wednesday. Da’Shawn Hand, who grew up in Woodbridge, Va., was a five-star defensive end in the 2014 recruiting cycle. He produced as a rotational player on the Crimson Tide’s defensive line from 2014 to 2017. Hand totaled 71 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and nine sacks across four years.

He won three SEC Championships (2014-16) and was a two-time second-team All-SEC selection. The Detroit Lions took Hand in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. After four years with the Lions, he signed to the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad on Dec. 21, 2021. Hand got released ten days later. He is now a member of the Titans and is ready to work his way up.

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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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