Former Alabama player, assistant rejoins Crimson Tide staff after season with Oregon
A familiar face is back on staff at Alabama. Jake Long has returned to UA after spending a season with Dan Lanning at Oregon.
Long has updated his Twitter profile to reflect his status as an Alabama staffer. As a graduate assistant at Oregon, Long worked with the defense in his season with the Ducks.
#OldProfilePic #WeBack pic.twitter.com/HVEbbimu6v
— Jake Long (@Coach_JakeLong) January 28, 2023
Nick Kelly of the Tuscaloosa News reports that Long is returning to the Crimson Tide in a defensive analyst role. Long is plenty familiar with UA as a former player and coach. He was a walk-on defender at Alabama from 2013-16. During that time, current Oregon head coach Dan Lanning was a grad assistant at Alabama for the 2015 season. After that season, Lanning landed an on-field coaching opportunity in Memphis.
After playing at Alabama, Long got into coaching as a student assistant in 2017 and graduate assistant from 2018-20. He was an Alabama analyst for the 2021 season before going to Oregon to be a graduate assistant.