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Alabama assistant Brent Key reportedly leaving for new job

Alabama could be losing another assistant coach after the season, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Brent Key, the Crimson Tide’s offensive line coach for the past three seasons, would be headed back to his alma mater of Georgia Tech, the newspaper reported Thursday evening.

The Trussville product played for the Yellow Jackets from 1997-2000 before getting into the coaching world.

The AJC reports Key would likely be the offensive line coach for Georgia Tech.

Key is also a top recruiter. He’s currently ranked No. 2 in 247Sports’ rankings of assistant coaches behind only Tide defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi.

Top signees from the 2019 class credited to Key include 5-star offensive lineman Evan Neal, Pierce Quick of Hewitt-Trussville and Amari Kight of Thompson.

After getting a $90,000 raise before the 2018 season, Key’s contract called for him to get paid $490,000 this year. The only Georgia Tech assistant paid more than that last year was defensive coordinator Nate Woody at $575,000.

He would join the new staff of Geoff Collins who was hired to replace the retiring Paul Johnson. The Yellow Jackets will be transitioning out of the triple-option offense used in the Johnson era.

At Georgia Tech, Key was a four-year starter at right guard when the program made four straight bowl games for the first time since the 1950s.

Key would become the second Alabama offensive assistant to depart from the 2018 staff after coordinator Mike Locksley took the head job at Maryland in December.

Michael Casagrande is an Alabama beat writer for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.

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