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Alabama TE CJ Dippre: 2023 Crimson Tide Player Spotlight

CJ Dippre runs a route in warmups ahead of A-Day
Photo comes via John Ivory of Touchdown Alabama Magazine

We have made it to July and SEC Football Media Days are coming soon. 

The University of Alabama looks to return to the College Football Playoff in the fall and win a national championship. Nick Saban has several talented players, but which ones will emerge as the most impactful?

The staff at Touchdown Alabama Magazine will spotlight numerous players for the upcoming season.

We now transition our breakdowns to the tight end position. CJ Dippre, a Maryland transfer, is first.

CJ Dippre

Classification: Junior (Transfer)

Hometown: Scranton, Pa.

Previous School: University of Maryland

Position: Tight End

Size: 6-5/257 pounds

2022 stats (Maryland): 30 catches, 314 receiving yards, three touchdowns (12 games)

Strengths: Size, athleticism, route-running, toughness, good blocker, hands, versatility (split out as a receiver or H-back)

Weaknesses: None that are glaring

Summary

CJ Dippre was underutilized in two seasons at the University of Maryland.

The talented tight end decided to pursue the NCAA transfer portal and move to the University of Alabama.

He brings experience in major college football and does everything at the position well that the Crimson Tide likes. Dippre was a standout in spring scrimmages and caught a pass in the A-Day game. The 6-foot-5, 257-pounder is a red zone target that can become a security blanket for the starting quarterback. He can be a weapon on third-downs while possessing the ability to block on the inline or as an H-back. Dippre caught 30 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games last year for Maryland.

Nick Saban was impressed with Dippre in the spring. He has the most game experience of any tight end on Alabama’s roster.

Dippre can be a matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators if Tommy Rees uses him correctly.

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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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