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Alabama freshman OL named to PFF’s All-True Freshman Team

Tyler Booker drops into pass protection against ULM
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He arrived in the University of Alabama’s 2022 football recruiting class as one of the top offensive linemen prospects.

Tyler Booker, a Connecticut native, traveled the same path as Evan Neal and JC Latham. He chose to prepare himself for college football and college life by attending IMG Academy in his final prep school season. Booker came ready as a five-star recruit and Nick Saban quickly viewed him as a starter on the offensive line. He has played in every game this year, displaying versatility at guard and tackle. The 6-foot-5, 332-pounder brings an imposing presence and toughness on the interior. He is physical and nasty in the run game, but Booker possesses the hands and footwork to excel in pass protection. Booker has helped set the tone for the nation’s fifth-ranked (40.8 ppg) scoring offense. He has 23 knockdown blocks with one sack allowed, three quarterback pressures allowed, and one quarterback hit allowed. His attention to detail has Tide fans excited about him potentially starting next year.

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According to Pro Football Focus, a website that breaks down the analytics of college and pro football, Booker created value for himself in his first season. He earned a spot on PFF’s All-True Freshman Team as a left guard. Alabama is set to lose Tyler Steen (left tackle) and Emil Ekiyor (right guard) to the NFL Draft next April. Booker has a chance to start at either spot in the spring.

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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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