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Alabama DL Jaheim Oatis returns to practice for Ole Miss week

Alabama DL Jaheim Oatis (#91) at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Crimson Tide spring game.
Photo comes via John Ivory of Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama returned a defensive lineman to practice on Monday to prepare for Mississippi.

Jaheim Oatis, a sophomore, missed the Crimson Tide’s matchup against South Florida because of a foot injury.

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Damon Payne received starting reps in his place, helping the Tide to a 17-3 victory over the Bulls.

Oatis, a former four-star, has seven tackles and a pass breakup in two games. The Mississippi native earned Freshman All-SEC honors in 2022 after totaling 29 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, four quarterback hurries, and two breakups. Oatis, who stands at 6’4″ and 320 pounds, has been working at nose tackle and defensive end. He is expected to have a marquee season, but Oatis has not recorded a breakout performance so far. He has an opportunity to have a dominant game against the Rebels.

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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 15 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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