Transfer Portal: How Alabama’s portal additions fit in with the Tide

Like it or not, the transfer portal has consumed college athletics. The portal seems to be in a constant state of disorder and confusion and this chaos has turned into the new normal for all of those involved.

Even for a program with deep roots and consistent excellence like Nick Saban has built at Alabama, the transfer portal does not discriminate and it has had its effects on the Crimson Tide.

Since the end of the 2022 regular season, Alabama has had a total of 16 scholarship players enter the portal. On the flip side, the Crimson Tide has brought in a total of five players from out of the portal.

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With all of the roster turnover, I thought it would be a good time to quickly go over each addition that Alabama has made this offseason from the transfer portal!


CJ Dippre

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Previous School: Maryland

Position: Tight End

Remaining Years of Eligibility: Two years

CJ Dippre is expected to help fill the void at tight end left by Cameron Latu. Dippre is a balanced tight end who is both a solid blocker and pass catcher. While none of his attributes will jump off the screen, Dippre will likely have a productive season with the Tide in 2023.

Trezmen Marshall

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Previous School: Georgia

Position: Inside Linebacker

Remaining Years of Eligibility: Two years

Much like Dippre, Trezmen Marshall should make an early impact for Alabama. The Crimson Tide is replacing both of its starting inside linebackers from the 2022 season and Marshall is right in the middle of the heated competition. Marshall is an experienced and instinctive player who could play a vital role for Alabama’s defense in 2023.

Tyler Buchner

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Previous School: Notre Dame

Position: Quarterback

Remaining Years of Eligibility: Three years

On the surface, the addition of Tyler Buchner to the Alabama quarterback room was a bit of a surprise. With an ongoing quarterback battle between Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson, Buchner now enters the competition and has something neither of the other two guys has, multiple starts at the collegiate level. At the moment, I don’t expect Buchner to win the starting job, but the extra competition certainly doesn’t hurt.


Trey Amos

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Previous School: Louisiana

Position: Cornerback

Remaining Years of Eligibility: Two years

Trey Amos is a veteran corner who could potentially challenge Terrion Arnold for the starting cornerback spot opposite of Kool-Aid McKinstry. Amos has great length and athleticism and will be a valuable member of the Alabama defense whether he starts or not.

Jaylen Key

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Previous School: UAB

Position: Safety

Remaining Years of Eligibility: One year

At 23, Jaylen Key will be one of the oldest players on Alabama’s team. Key is a veteran safety who plays with a ton of instincts both in coverage and run support. With both Jordan Battle and DeMarcco Hellams now in the NFL, Alabama will need those roles filled, and doing so with a player with the level of talent and experience that Key has will only strengthen the potential of the Crimson Tide’s defense in 2023.


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