Alabama football kicked off fall camp Thursday, Aug. 4.
Fans of the Crimson Tide are excited for this edition of athletes taking the field, as Nick Saban and the program look to reclaim the crown of national champions. With the start of college football quickly approaching, the staff writers for Touchdown Alabama Magazine will provide in-depth previews of the top 30 players on Alabama’s roster.
After looking at JC Latham, Christian Leary, Seth McLaughlin, and Chris Braswell, we made it to No. 26 to preview Khyree Jackson.
–Position: Defensive Back (cornerback)
-Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Md.
-Weight: 198 pounds
–Strengths: Size, length, athleticism, quickness, tackling, press coverage, eye discipline, knowledge of the system
–Weaknesses: Limited experience
Khyree Jackson arrived in the University of Alabama’s 2021 class as a junior college transfer.
He was one of the top JUCO prospects from Maryland and his height (6’3″) excited fans. Jackson provided depth at cornerback and made plays on special teams, but he did not receive many opportunities in 2021. Alabama opened the year with Josh Jobe and Jalyn Armour-Davis as its starting corners. Marcus Banks (now at Mississippi State) and Kool-Aid McKinstry were the backups. Jackson played in 12 games, but he saw extensive action in the College Football Playoff versus Cincinnati and Georgia.
He finished with three tackles and a pass breakup against the Bearcats. Jackson had two tackles and a breakup in the CFP National Championship Game versus the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-3, 198-pounder earned his first career start against Georgia, but now he looks to become a full-time starter. Jackson recorded three pass breakups in the Crimson Tide’s spring game and trained with a defensive backs specialist in the offseason. He is battling Kool-Aid McKinstry, Eli Ricks, Terrion Arnold, Brian Branch, and Jahquez Robinson for a starting job. Jackson has the tools to become a shutdown defender, but he needs more game reps.
We will see if he comes out on top as a starter in preseason camp.
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