Alabama redshirt senior linebacker Ben Davis is entering the transfer portal for his final year of NCAA eligibility, he announced via twitter Monday. 

Davis played linebacker in a reserve role for the Crimson Tide for the 2016-’20 seasons. Over the course of his Alabama career, the 6-foot-4, 250 pound defender saw playing time in 24 total games. He recorded seven total tackles including a sack, as well as a pass deflection. Most recently, he recorded a tackle in the CFP National Championship game against Ohio State. 

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Hailing from Gordo High School in Gordo, Alabama, Davis was considered the consensus No. 1 linebacker prospect in the entire country during the 2015-’16 recruiting cycle. Davis was not only highly anticipated for his recruiting prowess, but also for his lineage. His father, Wayne Davis, is the all-time leader in tackles at Alabama with 327. 

For Davis’ first season in Tuscaloosa, he decided to take a redshirt year, and could never break the starting lineup after that. Davis’ willingness to stay with the team regardless of his playing time made him a favorite among the Alabama Crimson Tide fanbase. 

Although he is a redshirt senior, Davis is eligible for another year due to the NCAA’s ruling to give all student-athletes another year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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