Alabama football transfer portal tracker: Roster changes ahead of 2023 season

Alabama football has struck gold in the transfer portal at times. Other times, it hasn't worked as well.

Such is the nature of college football's version of NFL free agency.

Nick Saban would know. He once worked as a defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns and the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

"It's almost like, 'Can you only build your team in the draft, or is there such a thing as free agency now in college football?'" Saban said during the 2022 season. "For years, NFL teams used both of those things to help build their team. I think some teams are doing that. Some teams probably need to do it a little more than others. But I think it creates a lot of parity relative to how fast you can rebuild a team, how fast you can sort of get your team to where you need to be to be very, very competitive."

The state of NIL has opened up more possibilities, giving the transfer portal a feel of free agency.

Entering the transfer portal doesn't guarantee a player will transfer, but other programs are allowed to contact them. The portal officially opens on Dec. 5. Here is a list of players Alabama has gained and lost in the transfer portal ahead of the 2023 season. This will be updated.

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Alabama players entering transfer portal

Cornerback Tre'Quon Fegans: The redshirt freshman from Thompson High School didn't play in 2022. He was a four-star defensive back and the No. 14 cornerback in the 2022 class, per the 247Sports Composite. Transferred to USC.

Cornerback Jahquez Robinson: The redshirt junior defensive back entered the portal ahead of 2023 A-Day. He saw playing time in six games in 2022, primarily in a special teams role. Transferred to Colorado.

Tight end Elijah Brown: The redshirt freshman did not play during this first season with the program. Then he entered the transfer portal ahead of the 2023 A-Day game. Transferred to Florida Atlantic.

Linebacker Demouy Kennedy: The Theodore native saw playing time in five games before he sustained a season-ending injury against Arkansas in 2022. He was primarily a special teams player in his third season with Alabama. During his second season, Kennedy also received seven handoffs when Alabama's running back depth was lacking because of injuries in 2021. Transferred to Colorado.

Receiver Tyler Harrell: He went back into the transfer portal on Jan. 14 after he traveled via transfer portal to Alabama ahead of the 2022 season from Louisville. An injury limited his availability and development for much of the season and he only caught two passes for 18 yards this past season on 33 offensive snaps, per Pro Football Focus. Transferred to Miami.

Receiver Aaron Anderson: The No. 4 receiver in the 2022 class, per the 247Sports composite, entered his name in the portal after seeing only three snaps during his freshman season. He dealt with a knee injury for much of the 2022 season, per Saban. Transferred to LSU.

Receiver JoJo Earle: A sophomore in 2022, Earle caught 12 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns after returning from an injury that kept him out of action over the first half of the season. Earle also returned punts for Alabama in 2021, earning Freshman All-SEC honors in that role. Transferred to TCU.

Offensive tackle Amari Kight: The Alabaster native spent four years at Alabama and served as the backup left tackle in 2022. Transferred to Central Florida.

Offensive lineman Tommy Brockermeyer: The former five-star recruit played in just two games over two years at Alabama, redshirting in 2021. Transferred to TCU.

Guard Javion Cohen: He has started 25 games for Alabama over the past two seasons. at left guard. The junior was the primary starter in 2021 and was a starter who also sat out some as part of a three-man rotation at guard with Tyler Booker and Emil Ekiyor Jr. Transferred to Miami.

Receiver Traeshon Holden: The junior receiver saw a bigger role with the Crimson Tide this season as he caught 25 passes for 331 yards and six touchdowns, but he didn't receive much playing time down the stretch. He announced he intends to enter the portal on Nov. 30. Transferred to Oregon.

Center Tanner Bowles: The redshirt junior from Kentucky has mainly been a reserve player for the Crimson Tide. He saw action in every game this season but primarily on special teams. Bowles was the third center behind Seth McLaughlin and Darrian Dalcourt. He confirmed his decision to enter the portal to The Tuscaloosa News. Transferred to Kentucky.

Receiver Christian Leary: The sophomore receiver who has primarily seen time on special teams announced on Nov. 30 he intends to enter the transfer portal. He has three receptions for 10 yards and one touchdown over two seasons. He also ran for 22 yards on three rushes in 2021. Transferred to Georgia Tech.

Offensive lineman Damieon George Jr.: The reserve offensive lineman only saw 20 snaps in 2022 for the Crimson Tide, per Pro Football Focus. He started in three games in 2021. Transferred to Florida.

Defensive lineman Braylen Ingraham: The reserve defensive lineman medically retired at UA. He was a four-star prospect who hasn't played for Alabama since 2020. Transferred to Syracuse.

Punter/kicker Jack Martin: The Dothan native transferred to Alabama ahead of the 2021 season and has served as a backup kicker and punter. Transferred to Houston.

Running back Trey Sanders: He was the No. 1 running back in the 2019 class. Sanders returned to the field in 2021 after he was the passenger in a car accident in 2020. He had 72 carries for 314 yards and two touchdowns in 2021 but did not receive much playing time offensively in 2022. Transferred to TCU.

Cornerback Khyree Jackson: The former junior college transfer, who started in the College Football Playoff Championship, started in the Texas game, but has primarily been in a reserve role. He had to remove his name from the portal on Dec. 1 because he wasn't a grad transfer but he re-entered on Dec. 5. Transferred to Oregon.

Alabama players arriving from the transfer portal

Tight end CJ Dippre: The former Maryland tight end picked the Crimson Tide over Ohio State. He's fresh off a sophomore season with the Terrapins in which he started 12 games, caught 30 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus, he only had one drop on 38 targets.

Linebacker Trezmen Marshall: He spent time mainly as a reserve inside linebacker for the Georgia Bulldogs over the past four seasons. He finished this past year with 19 tackles, a sack in the Tennessee game and an interception.

Quarterback Tyler Buchner: The former Notre Dame quarterback joins the Alabama quarterback competition after spending two seasons under offensive coordinator Tommy Rees. Buchner was named Notre Dame's starter at the beginning of 2022 before missing 10 games with a shoulder injury. Then he started the Gator Bowl and beat South Carolina with three passing touchdowns, three interceptions and two rushing touchdowns.

Cornerback Trey Amos: He brings 12 starts and 1,278 total snaps over three seasons for Louisiana, according to Pro Football Focus. That's quality experience for a position that has lost depth to the transfer portal. This past season, Amos broke up eight passes.

Safety Jaylen Key: He stays in state, transferring from UAB to the Crimson Tide after four seasons with the Blazers. A a season ago, he had 60 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, three interceptions and one pass breakup.

This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama football transfer portal: Tracking changes for 2023 season