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Phidarian Mathis reminds us we are 48 days until Alabama football

Phidarian Mathis (#48) pressuring Stetson Bennett of Georgia in 2021 SEC Championship Game
Photo by Evan Pilat via SEC Media Portal

The 50-day countdown to the return of Alabama football continues with a defensive player.

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After looking at Tim Smith (No. 50) and Isaiah Buggs (No. 49), former Crimson Tide defensive end Phidarian Mathis reminds us we are 48 days until Alabama takes the field for the regular season. Mathis, a four-star in the 2017 signing class, came to the Tide as a Louisiana native. He was on two College Football Playoff National Championship teams (2017, 2020), but his impact was felt more in the 2020 championship group. Mathis played on three Southeastern Conference titles teams in 2018, 2020, and 2021.

He emerged as a playmaker in 2020, recording 31 tackles, five tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble. In his final season, he became Alabama’s most consistent defensive lineman.

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Mathis had 53 tackles, 12 stops for loss, nine sacks, six quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble in 2021. He got selected in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Washington Commanders. Mathis suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee in his rookie debut and missed the rest of the season. He is now healthy and looks forward to harassing quarterbacks.

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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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