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Alabama TE CJ Dippre named a candidate for John Mackey Award watch list

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The University of Alabama football team brought in two offensive players as transfers for this season.

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CJ Dippre, one of the transfers, is on a preseason award watch list for the John Mackey honor. The award goes to the most outstanding tight end in college football and is established by the Nassau County Sports Commission. Alabama has not had an athlete at tight end to win the Mackey Award since it was first presented in 2000. Dippre, a transfer from the University of Maryland, could be the first for the Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-5, 257-pounder performed very well during spring practice.

A Pennsylvania native, Dippre recorded 33 catches for 339 yards and three touchdowns across 25 games at Maryland.

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He was also a star at Lakeland High School, playing quarterback and tight end. Nick Saban looks at Dippre as a “do-it-all” player at the position as he can catch, block, and run routes. Tommy Rees, the Tide’s new offensive coordinator, excelled at designing game plans for tight ends at Notre Dame. He now has a talented piece in Tuscaloosa (Ala.) to create matchup problems for defenses. It will be interesting to see which quarterback for Alabama will benefit the most from having Dippre as a weapon.

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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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