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Alabama cornerback getting work in ahead of Sugar Bowl matchup

Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry (#1) intercepts a pass during 2022 matchup against Austin Peay at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Gary Cosby Jr. - USA Today Sports

We have made it to Sugar Bowl week for the University of Alabama football team.

Alabama takes on Kansas State on New Year’s Eve at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, La. The Crimson Tide wants to end the season with 11 wins and jump-start its spring with confidence. Kool-Aid McKinstry, a sophomore cornerback, looks to have a dominant showing at a classic bowl site. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder earned first-team All-American honors from Pro Football Focus, second-team honors from Sporting News, American Football Coaches Association, and Football Writers Association of America. McKinstry picked up first-team All-SEC honors at defensive back from the Associated Press and the league’s coaches.

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He recorded 34 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, 12 pass breakups (team-high), and an interception. McKinstry is working with Leonard Stephens of Step-By-Step Performance training in Birmingham to put himself in the best position to excel.

He worked on a lot of strength training with Stephens.

It will be interesting to see how McKinstry performs.

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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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