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Josh Jobe explains why an injury kept him from dominating in 2021

Josh Jobe at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Alabama in season opener versus Miami
Picture comes via Crimson Tide photos

Josh Jobe did not have the production he wanted as a senior at the University of Alabama in 2021, and people wondered about the reason behind it.

He complemented Patrick Surtain II at cornerback in 2020, totaling 55 tackles, 2.5 stops for loss, two sacks, 11 pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. Jobe assisted the Crimson Tide’s defense to a College Football Playoff National Championship.

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He anticipated a dominant senior campaign, but it did not happen. The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder collected 38 tackles, four breakups, and two interceptions in 12 games. He was out of position at times in coverage, burned several times by physical receivers, and did not seem like himself in some matchups. Jobe missed the postseason for the Tide because of a foot injury.

He told reporters today at the NFL Scouting Combine he was hurt the whole season.

“It affected me a lot,” Jobe said. “I had to change my technique, but I had to deal with it. I’m a physical corner. I’m a good man-to-man corner. I couldn’t do what I had to do. I had to play soft.”

Hopefully, Jobe will test well in the Combine. He is projected by most pundits as a Day 2 pick.

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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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