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Former Alabama DL with a strong message for those in the transfer portal

Phidarian Mathis (No. 48) celebrates a big play for Alabama's defense versus Miami
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One former Alabama player is not for seeing Crimson Tide athletes jump into the NCAA transfer portal.

Twelve scholarship players, including Trey Sanders, Traeshon Holden, Christian Leary, JoJo Earle, Javion Cohen, Khyree Jackson, and Tommy Brockermeyer, have entered the portal. Phidarian Mathis, an Alabama alum, came to the Tide in its 2017 recruiting class as a four-star from Louisiana. He did not become an instant starter, but Mathis grew into a very good player.

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He became an impactful starter and permanent team captain in 2021. Mathis led the defensive line in total tackles (53) and posted 12 tackles for loss, nine sacks, six quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble during his senior campaign. He earned Reese’s Senior Bowl All-American honors and garnered second-team All-SEC honors.

Mathis earned two College Football Playoff National Championship rings (2017 and 2020) and three Southeastern Conference Championship rings (2018, 2020-21). He got selected in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft by the Washington Commanders. Mathis sees the names in the transfer portal, but he knows he comes from a different mentality.

He sent a strong message via Twitter to those in the portal.

Alabama is cleaning its house before the Sugar Bowl.

It faces Kansas State on New Year’s Eve at 11:00 a.m. in New Orleans, La.

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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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