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Alabama OL selected as a top offensive tackle for 2023 season

Alabama offensive tackle JC Latham (#65) blocks Texas A&M's DL Fadil Diggs (#10) during 2022 matchup
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Alabama football could potentially have a Joe Moore Award-winning offensive line next fall.

JC Latham, a former five-star in the 2021 class, returns for his third season. He started last year at right tackle and was dominant.

The 6-foot-6, 326-pounder allowed two sacks in 2022, helping Bryce Young to his second straight 3,000-yard passing campaign. Latham also assisted running backs Jahmyr Gibbs and Jase McClellan to strong numbers out the backfield. He led the Crimson Tide with three knockdown blocks in the Allstate Sugar Bowl versus Kansas State, pacing the offense to a 45-20 victory. He returns to help the Tide win a national championship and push the offensive line to be the best unit in college football.

According to Pro Football Focus, Latham enters next season as one of the top offensive tackles in the nation.

His experience at right tackle should transition him to the opposite end for spring practice. Alabama needs an anchor to protect Jalen Milroe or Ty Simpson, and Latham is the one to get it done.

Next season is the money year for Latham for the NFL Draft.

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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.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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