Alabama starter, All-SEC contributor reaffirms commitment to Crimson Tide
Alabama is getting one major piece to remain with the program to kick off the Kalen DeBoer era!
On Saturday, DeBoer was officially introduced as the new head coach to succeed Nick Saban. Now, star offensive lineman Tyler Booker — an All-SEC performer in the 2023 season — has confirmed Saturday night he will stick with the Crimson Tide.
“Playing for Coach Saban had always been a dream of mine,” wrote Booker on social media. “I’m forever grateful for him making an impact on my life. I look forward to carrying on the culture, the traditions and the standards that have made Alabama, Alabama! I’m very excited to kick off this new era.”
Playing for Coach Saban had always been dream of mine. I’m forever grateful for him making an impact on my life. I look forward to carrying on the culture, the traditions and the standard that has made Alabama, Alabama! I’m very excited to kick off this new era. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/afJtcbjYlB
— Tyler Booker? (@iamtylerbooker) January 14, 2024
During the 2023 season, Booker was a 12-game starter for the Tide at left guard with just one game missed. He was a first-team All-SEC selection by the AP and a second-team All-SEC recipient by the coaches after allowing just 2.5 sacks and 4.5 pressures this season. Booker finished the season with 41 knockdown blocks and averaged a team-best 3.4 knockdowns per game.
Previously, the idea of players on a roster “committing” to their team moving forward was unheard of, but the threat of the transfer portal is very real in the new era of college football. In fact, DeBoer touched on that threat and his message to players after accepting the job.
DeBoer’s message to anyone considering the portal is to simply “give me a chance” before making a decision. Booker may or may not have been considering the portal, but he is confirming he will take DeBoer up on that offer heading into 2024!