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Former Alabama DL LaBryan Ray signs with Carolina Panthers

LaBryan Ray (No. 18) of Alabama pressuring Missouri's QB Shawn Robinson
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Alabama football has its second former five-star alum on a new team in the National Football League.

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LaBryan Ray, a native of Madison, Ala., has joined the Carolina Panthers.

He went undrafted in 2022 and spent a season on the New England Patriots practice squad.

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Ray tried his hand at the United States Football League with the Philadelphia Stars, but he was released from his contract to sign with an NFL team. Ray joins forces with Bryce Young, Bradley Bozeman, and Deonte Brown as Crimson Tide alums. He came to the Tide in its top-ranked 2017 recruiting class from James Clemons High School. Ray sustained injuries, but he played on two College Football Playoff National Championship teams in 2017 and 2020. He looks to make Carolina his permanent home.

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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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