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Touchdown Alabama Top 30: No. 4 LB Dallas Turner

Alabama OLB Dallas Turner (#15) going through drills in 2022 Spring Football Practice
Photo by Rodger Champion of Alabama Athletics

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.

We have cracked inside the top five of our countdown. Dallas Turner, an outside linebacker, comes in at No. 4.

Dallas Turner

-Classification: Sophomore

Position: Outside Linebacker

-Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

-Height: 6-4

-Weight: 240 pounds

Strengths: Length, athleticism, first-step quickness, explosive, edge-bending moves, converts speed to power, game experience

-Weaknesses: First time as a full-time starter

SUMMARY:

Dallas Turner’s emergence is the reason why Drew Sanders transferred to Arkansas.

Sanders was Alabama’s backup to Christopher Allen in 2021, and he played well after Allen’s injury. Sanders, a former five-star, sustained a hand injury against Mississippi. Turner got the starting nod versus Texas A&M and did not look back. He played 15 games — including three starts — totaling 30 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and five quarterback pressures.

In the Crimson Tide’s final four games of 2021, Turner collected 5.5 sacks. He got better as the season grew and Will Anderson took the freshman under his wing. Coach Nick Saban praised his work ethic as Turner made the All-Freshman Team for the Southeastern Conference. He also received Freshman All-American honors via the Football Writers Association of America.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has length, athleticism, first-step quickness, explosiveness, edge-bending moves, and converts speed to power in pressuring quarterbacks. He will now be a full-time starter for the Tide at strong-side “SAM” linebacker in his second season. Turner and Anderson will overpower offensive linemen and sack quarterbacks all season. Anderson could draw double and triple-teams all season, which sets Turner up to have a monster year. We will see how he performs as a sophomore in the fall.

Related countdown stories

No. 30, OL JC Latham

No. 29, WR Christian Leary

No. 28, OL Seth McLaughlin

No. 27, OLB Chris Braswell

-No. 26, DB Khyree Jackson

-No. 25, DL Tim Smith

-No. 24, DL Justin Eboigbe

-No. 23, DL DJ Dale

-No. 22, RB Roydell Williams

-No. 21, WR Ja’Corey Brooks

-No. 20, RB Jase McClellan

No. 19, DB Kool-Aid McKinstry

No. 18, WR Jermaine Burton

-No. 17, RB Trey Sanders

No. 16, OL Javion Cohen

No. 15, DB Eli Ricks

No. 14, DL Byron Young

No. 13, DB Malachi Moore

No. 12, OL Tyler Steen

No. 11, WR Tyler Harrell

No. 10, PK Will Reichard

No. 9, TE Cameron Latu

No. 8, DB Brian Branch

No. 7, OL Emil Ekiyor

No. 6, RB Jahmyr Gibbs

No. 5, LB Henry To’oto’o

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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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