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Is Alabama CB Terrion Arnold in for an All-American season next fall?

Alabama DB Terrion Arnold (#3) going through drills in 2022 Fall Camp Practice
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Alabama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry became a consistent playmaker last season, but does the Crimson Tide have another boundary defender that could have an All-American season next fall?

Terrion Arnold wants to be the next playmaking defensive back for the Tide.

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As a former five-star from Tallahassee, Fla., he converted to cornerback from safety. Arnold played 11 games in 2022, including seven starts. The 6-foot, 188-pounder earned Nick Saban’s trust in preseason camp to start at cornerback and had good moments.

He recorded his first career interception against Texas A&M and totaled eight tackles in a victory over the Aggies. Arnold lost the starting job to Eli Ricks, but he finished last year with 45 tackles, eight pass breakups, an interception, and a fumble recovery.

He made the SEC’s All-Freshman Team by the league’s coaches and Freshman All-American Team by the Football Writers Association. Arnold enjoyed a productive redshirt freshman campaign, but he is looking for more. He’s been training with Oliver Davis II, a defensive backs specialist with Sweet Feet Sports Performance, ahead of spring practice.

Davis is helping Arnold fine-tune his footwork, technique, and eye discipline.

He has to fend off Earl Little II to be the starting cornerback, but we will see if Arnold does it.

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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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