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HaHa Clinton-Dix heaps immense praise on Kendrick Blackshire’s “hunger” in spring practice

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He was a highly discussed recruit in 2021, but now he’s ready to show his worth.

Kendrick Blackshire was a difference maker at Duncanville (Texas) High School as a linebacker.

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He put fear into running backs and quarterbacks with bone-crushing tackles. Blackshire has grown into a great special teams player for Alabama, but the former four-star wants more. He missed five games in 2022 because of a hand injury, but the physical specimen has an opportunity in spring practice to win one of two inside linebacker positions. The 6-foot-2, 233-pounder opens spring ball with a lot of determination. Ha’Sean “HaHa” Clinton-Dix, a former All-American safety for the Crimson Tide heaped immense praise on Blackshire’s “hunger” via Twitter. Clinton is a director of player development for Alabama after finishing his National Football League career. Clinton-Dix is a two-time BCS National Champion (2011, 2012).

Deontae Lawson, a redshirt sophomore, is recovering from surgery and will miss spring practice. He played 11 games, including four starts, as a weakside “Will” linebacker. Lawson, who came in the 2021 class with Blackshire, totaled 51 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and four pass breakups. His absence gives Blackshire a chance to win over everyone’s trust and take a starting position. Blackshire’s development as a potential middle “Mike” linebacker will be documented throughout the spring.

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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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