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Alabama OT JC Latham: 2023 Crimson Tide Player Spotlight

Alabama OT JC Latham (#65) talking to reporters after the Crimson Tide's 2023 spring game.
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 move to offensive linemen for Alabama. JC Latham is first for the Crimson Tide.

JC Latham

Classification: Junior

Hometown: Oak Creek, Wisc.

Position: Offensive Tackle

Size: 6-6/335 pounds

2022 stats: 29 knockdown blocks, blocked for the nation’s No. 4 scoring offense (41.1 ppg)

Strengths: Elite size, athleticism, dominant running blocker, sufficient pass blocker

Weaknesses: Needs to be cleaner with penalties (had 10 in 2022)

Summary

JC Latham is pushing for an opportunity to be a top 10 selection in the 2024 NFL Draft.

He helped Bryce Young become the first Alabama quarterback to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 2021 and led the team with 29 knockdown blocks last year. Latham, a former five-star in the 2021 class, blocked for the nation’s No. 4 scoring offense in college football (41.1 ppg) as a starting right tackle. The Crimson Tide could transition him to left tackle in fall camp; however, we will see how Nick Saban plays his cards. Latham cleared the way for a 1,300-yard rusher (1,343) in Brian Robinson in 2021 while nearly helping Jahmyr Gibbs (926) crack 1,000 yards rushing in 2022. He is a physically imposing lineman with elite athleticism and blocking skills. The 6-foot-6, 335-pounder is squatting 1,000 pounds and benching over 500 pounds (505) this summer.

Latham will be crucial to protect whoever becomes Alabama’s starting quarterback.

He has to clean up penalties, though. Latham committed ten penalties in 2022.

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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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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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