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Has a former 4-star OL pulled ahead of Parker Brailsford in Alabama’s battle for starting center?

Alabama OL James Brockermeyer (#58) running during 2021 practice for the Crimson Tide.
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Speculation has started to surface around one position for the University of Alabama football team.

Spring practice opened for the Crimson Tide with the center spot as one of the most significant position battles.

Parker Brailsford and James Brockermeyer were the two in competition.

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Brailsford, a transfer from Washington, came in possessing experience in the Kalen DeBoer offense. He protected Michael Penix Jr. to throw for 4,903 yards and 36 touchdowns last season while allowing one sack of Penix in 15 games. Brailsford started 13 games at center, leading the Huskies offensive unit to a Pac-12 Championship and a College Football Playoff berth.

Brockermeyer, a former four-star prospect in Alabama’s 2021 class, hails from Fort Worth, Texas. His father, Blake Brockermeyer, was an All-American offensive tackle at the University of Texas and played nine seasons in the National Football League. James has been on two Southeastern Conference Championship teams and has developed enough to fight for center role.

Alabama’s coaching staff has raved about Brockermeyer’s intelligence and him rapidly picking up the system.

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Stephen M. Smith is the 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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