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Former Alabama walk-on to join Nick Saban’s staff as a defensive analyst

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Tide take the field for 2022 matchup against LSU
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Alabama is adding another defensive analyst to Nick Saban’s coaching staff.

Jake Long, a former walk-on defensive lineman, is returning to his Alma mater.

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He helped the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship and a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2015 as a scout-team player. After assisting the Tide to another SEC Championship in 2016, Long helped Jeremy Pruitt in 2017 as a graduate assistant. He spent last season as a grad assistant under Dan Lanning at the University of Oregon.

Long shared via Twitter that he’s back with the Tide. 

He returns as an upper-level defensive analyst. Alabama has yet to hire its defensive coordinator.

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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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