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Former Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs lifts Lions to NFC Wild Card victory over Rams

Lions rookie Rb Jahmyr Gibbs (#26) scores a touchdown against Minnesota Vikings.
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Alabama fans see how Jahmyr Gibbs is performing in the National Football League as a rookie, and all they can do is blame two assistant coaches for the Crimson Tide: Bill O’Brien and Eric Wolford.

Gibbs put on a show in 2023 for the Detroit Lions, becoming the third rookie in franchise history to record 1,000 scrimmage yards.

He assisted the Lions to an NFC North Division title for the first time since 1993 and led it to a NFC Wild Card playoff victory on Sunday versus the Los Angeles Rams. Gibbs had a rushing touchdown on eight carries, pushing him to 11 rushing scores on the season. He also caught four passes for 43 receiving yards in Detroit’s 24-23 victory at home in Ford Field.

Gibbs, a native Georgian, has proven to be the right choice for the Lions at No. 12 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. 

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He brings diversity to the offense with his running and catching abilities. Gibbs is an instant threat to score no matter where he is on the field.

He helped the Crimson Tide make it to the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2022, earning a 45-20 victory over Kansas State.

Gibbs totaled 926 rushing yards, 444 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns in one year at Alabama.

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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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