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Alabama defensive back ‘ahead of schedule’ and could return this season from injury

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Alabama football went with Jaylen Key, a transfer from UAB, as its starting free safety this season.

He earned the starting job in the final week of fall camp because of an injury. Devonta Smith, a former four-star in the 2021 recruiting class, was excelling in preseason camp in the secondary. He grew to become a viable starting option at free safety; however, a foot injury set him back. Smith has not played this year, but Nick Saban did say the Ohio native has made progress.

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He had advanced to 80 percent in dry land running, but sources have confirmed to Touchdown Alabama Magazine that the junior is ‘ahead of schedule.’

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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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