Denzel Devall

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Denzel Devall
PositionLinebacker
Career history
College
High schoolBastrop (LA)
Personal information
Born:1994 (age 24–25)
Bastrop, Louisiana
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight252 lb (114 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Denzel Devall (born 1994) is a former American football linebacker who played for the University of Alabama from 2012–2015. In July 2016, he started serving as a personnel assistant on the Alabama Crimson Tide football coaching staff.[1] In January and February 2017, he was promoted first to assistant strength and conditioning coach and then promoted again to director of player development.[2]

High school career[edit]

A native of Bastrop, Louisiana, Devall attended Bastrop High School, where he played on the football team and was coached by Thomas Bachman. He finished his junior season with 108 tackles, five sacks, three fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered, and one interception. Bastrop finished the season with an 11–2 record, losing 26–20 in a hard-fought four-overtime game to Anthony Johnson's O. Perry Walker team in the Class 4A semifinals.[3] In his senior year, Devall was credited with 73 tackles, including 53 solo stops, two sacks, three pass breakups, one fumble forced and one fumble recovery. Bastrop fell short of the playoffs, with a 6–4 season record. Nonetheless, Devall was a 2011 Louisiana Sports Writers Association 4A All-State selection.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Devall was listed as the No. 5 inside linebacker in his class.[4] He chose Alabama over offers from Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas Christian.

College career[edit]

Contributing as a true freshman, Devall saw action in all 14 games at the "Jack" linebacker position, and totaled 18 tackles, with two sacks, three tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries en route to being named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America Team.[5] His biggest game came on October 27, against Mississippi State, when he recorded two tackles for loss (one sack) and received Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff.[6] Devall drew comparisons to former Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw.[7]

In his sophomore year, Devall took on a bigger role in Alabama's defense.[8] He played in thirteen games, recording 30 tackles (including 14 solo), and five tackles for a loss of yardage. He also tied Adrian Hubbard for second-most quarterback sacks on the team with three, behind A'Shawn Robinson's 5.5 sacks. In a 52–0 shutout against Arkansas, Devall was credited with three tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a quarterback hurry.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Valued member of 2015 Alabama defense joins Tide staff". AL.com. August 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Denzel Devall Moving Up at Alabama". Bastrop Daily Enterprise. February 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "O.P. Walker defeats Bastrop in four overtimes". Times-Picayune. December 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Denzel Devall Recruiting Profile
  5. ^ "Denzel Devall contributes to Alabama's national title". Bastrop Daily Enterprise. January 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Knee injury was initially scary for Alabama linebacker Denzel Devall, but it's 'no biggie' now". AL.com. January 5, 2013.
  7. ^ Suttles, Aaron (December 12, 2012). "Denzel Devall can't avoid comparison to former great". Tuscaloosa News.
  8. ^ "Alabama's Denzel Devall makes bid for additional playing time". Bastrop Daily Enterprise. October 21, 2013. Archived from the original on May 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "Denzel Devall helps Alabama stonewall Arkansas". Bastrop Daily Enterprise. October 21, 2013.

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