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Alabama has to build depth at cornerback with two in transfer portal

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry (#1) talking about a play during Sugar Bowl prep for K-State.
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Alabama football is geared up for Saturday’s spring game, but it will be without two cornerbacks.

Jahquez Robinson and Tre’Quon Fegans entered the NCAA transfer portal.

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Robinson, a redshirt junior, came into the Crimson Tide’s 2020 class as a four-star from Jacksonville, Fla. Fegans, a redshirt freshman, arrived in Alabama’s 2022 class as a four-star from Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala. Robinson helped the program to a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2020. The 6-foot-2, 199-pounder had seven games of experience, including six in 2022 as a backup cornerback and on special teams. Alabama returns Kool-Aid McKinstry and Terrion Arnold has players with experience at the position, but head coach Nick Saban is concerned about the Crimson Tide’s depth at cornerback. 

“We have a long ways to go,” Saban said.

“Kool-Aid and Terrion have had good springs, but we are young after that. We need to make a lot of progress. We got guys that can do it, but they have not developed the consistency or confidence at the position that we need for them to play the way we want them to play. I think they are capable, but it is going to be a work in progress for this game, the summer, and fall camp.”

Antonio Kite, Earl Little II, Jahlil Hurley, and Desmond “Dezz” Ricks are the young players Saban referred to.

Hopefully, Kite, Little, and Hurley can show out at Bryant-Denny Stadium for A-Day. Alabama will need consistent boundary cornerbacks to be successful in the Southeastern Conference in the fall. It cannot afford injuries at cornerback right now.

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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 15 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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