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Former Tide DT rips Alabama for letting Sal Sunseri leave for Colorado

Nick Gentry kissing 2011 BCS National Championship trophy for Alabama after victory over LSU

The University of Colorado grabs another coach from Nick Saban’s coaching staff.

After poaching Charles Kelly, Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders got Sal Sunseri to join the Buffalos as a defensive tackles coach.

RELATED: Alabama expected to lose another veteran staffer to Colorado

Sunseri, 63, has a wealth of experience in college football and the National Football League. He had two stints with the  Crimson Tide as an assistant head coach and linebackers coach (2009-11) and an outside linebackers coach (2019-21).

Sunseri served as the “Special Assistant to the Head Coach” last season. He helped outside linebackers create massive production, including Courtney Upshaw, Anfernee Jennings, Terrell Lewis, Christopher Allen, Will Anderson, and Dallas Turner.

Upshaw totaled 32.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, and 12 quarterback hurries from 2010 to 2011. Jennings posted 12.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and eight quarterback hurries in 2019. Lewis recorded 11.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, and 16 quarterback hurries in 2019. Allen tallied 18.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and seven quarterback hurries from 2019 to 2021. Anderson earned 62 tackles for loss, 34.5 sacks, and 29 quarterback hurries from 2020 to 2022. Turner got 18 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and 14 quarterback hurries from 2021 to 2022. Sunseri is a proven coach to get the best out of players on the field.

Nick Gentry, a former Tide defensive tackle, is not happy with his Alma mater allowing Sunseri to leave for Colorado.

He ripped Alabama on social media for the move. Gentry won a BCS National Championship in 2011 with Sunseri on staff.

Sunseri assisted the Tide to three national championships in 2009, 2011, and 2020.

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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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