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Alabama football may target two positions in spring transfer portal, per Kalen DeBoer

Kalen DeBoer gives his introductory remarks as Alabama's new head coach
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Alabama has had success with the NCAA transfer portal, but will Kalen DeBoer dip into it?

He addressed reporters after Friday’s practice on the situation. DeBoer is excited for his first A-Day game for the Crimson Tide that is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. CT at Bryant-Denny Stadium. ESPN will have the call for the matchup. He has inherited a talented roster from Nick Saban, but DeBoer is interested at pursuing the portal for two positions.

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Alabama could add an offensive lineman or a defensive back from the portal.

“In the defensive backfield, we are probably a guy short,” DeBoer said. “Offensive line, we are probably a guy short. We will take a look and evaluate, but you never know there might be some guys from our roster that may surprise us as well. We just have to continue to be fluid, be ready to adjust, and continue to keep our eyes open on what’s out there when that time comes.”

Parker Brailsford, a transfer from Washington, came to Alabama as an offensive lineman. He played 15 games in 2023 at Washington, including 13 starts at center. Brailsford won’t play in Saturday’s exhibition, but he remains with the team.

We will see who could step up for the Tide on A-Day to prevent Alabama from using the portal.

The spring portal opens up next Monday.

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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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