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Former Tide LB Denzel Devall has been promoted to director of player development for Bama...

on 2/22/2017

Crimson Tide Football:

Former Alabama linebacker Denzel Devall has reportedly been promoted to director of player development for the Crimson Tide, according to the Bastrop Daily Enterprise. Devall fills the void left by Freddie Roach, who is Ole Miss' new defensive line coach.

Devall was initially hired at his alma mater in July as a personnel assistant, assisting in recruiting, film evaluation and player development. Per the Bastrop Daily Enterprise, he was moved to assistant strength and conditioning coach in January before being elevated to his current position last week.

Although his recruiting abilities are limited to Alabama's campus, the Bastrop, La., native admits recruiting is one of his favorite parts of the job. Devall had a hand in the Crimson Tide adding four top-rated players from Louisiana to its top-ranked class.

"Once they come on campus, we have them,"
Devall told the Bastrop Daily Enterprise. "It doesn't take much. This place sells itself. They just need a younger cat who has played here to reassure them. I talk to them about how to carry themselves, things like that."

Devall's eventual plans are to land an on-field coaching position. Though several opportunities have presented themselves, he has chosen to remain at Alabama. With a new title, Devall's focus now shifts to spring practice and preparing for the 2017 season.

"That's the culture here -- winning,"
Devall said. "We're not satisfied with any type of record if we're not holding up the trophy at the end of the doggone year. That's the standard. That's what is expected.

"I tell the guys all the time, 'Yall have to keep the legacy going. The guys before me started it, and we kept it going.' There's something about wearing that 'A' across your chest. You're playing for a bigger purpose."
During the 2015-16 season as a senior, Devall registered 25 tackles, five tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one sack from his outside linebacker position along the defensive front. He started 50 games throughout his college career, making 25 starts.


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