Alabama's O.J. Smith announces transfer

Alabama's O.J. Smith announces transfer

June 8th, 2017 by David Paschall in Sports - College

Alabama football coach Nick Saban has one fewer lineman to factor into the Crimson Tide's defensive depth next season after backup O.J. Smith announced he will transfer. The redshirt junior hasn't said where he's headed.

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Alabama reserve defensive lineman O.J. Smith announced Wednesday that he will play his final two college seasons elsewhere.

The 6-foot-2, 309-pounder from Bossier City, La., was a three-star recruit in the Crimson Tide's 2014 signing class. He redshirted that year and collected just two total tackles in the two seasons since, one against Louisiana-Monroe in 2015 and the other against Western Kentucky last season.

"I want to thank the University of Alabama for being home to me for the last three years," Smith posted on Instagram. "After talking with my family and Coach (Nick) Saban, I have decided to transfer. I want to thank Coach Saban and his whole staff for helping me get better every day, and also I want to thank all of my teammates.

"I will never forget the bond we have and will always stay in touch."

Smith is the second Crimson Tide player since spring practice to announce his departure, joining redshirt freshman linebacker Shawn Jennings.

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