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Alabama has Kool-McKinstry and Malachi Moore named to 2023 Lott IMPACT Trophy watchlist

Kool-Aid McKinstry vs Austn Peay
Photo comes via SEC Media Portal

Alabama’s defensive secondary has a chance to be great in the fall.

Kevin Steele and Travaris Robinson will have guys in the right places to be successful.

After an impressive spring game performance, Crimson Tide fans want to believe the “No Fly Zone” is back.

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It lost Jahquez Robinson and Tre’Quon Fegans, but Alabama has several playmakers in its secondary. Two defensive backs were named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watchlist for the upcoming season. Kool-Aid McKinstry and Malachi Moore got recognized.

McKinstry, a rising junior, made a few All-America teams as a cornerback and a return specialist. He had a team-high 15 pass breakups and an interception. McKinstry averaged 16 yards per punt return, collecting 333 yards on 21 returns.

Alabama DB Malachi Moore (#13) earns Dixie Howell Memorial Award for being MVP of spring game.

Photo of Alabama DB Malachi Moore from 2023 A-Day game comes via John Ivory of Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Moore, a rising senior, is healthy again. He had 31 tackles in 2022, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, five pass breakups, and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. Moore was everywhere in the Crimson Tide’s spring game, posting nine tackles, three tackles for loss, and three sacks — earning the Dixie Howell Memorial Award for Most Valuable Player. He turned in a dominant freshman year in 2020.

If both put on a show in the fall, McKinstry and Moore could be high-round picks in the 2024 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.

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