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Alabama assistant making move to ACC

Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key is expected to join Georgia Tech’s staff under new head coach Geoff Collins, BamaOnLine has learned. A report from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution suggested this as a possibility last week.

Key, a 4-year starter at right guard for the Yellowjackets in his college days, has spent the last three seasons coaching the Crimson Tide’s offensive line after arriving in Tuscaloosa in the spring of 2016 following a stint at UCF.

Key has coached the UA offensive line to three straight seasons of being named finalists for the Joe Moore Award, which is annually given to the best offensive line unit. Junior left tackle Jonah Williams was named a unanimous All-American for his performance through the first 13 games.

Alabama’s rushing attack finished the 2017 season ranked 13th nationally, averaging 250.6 yards per game while the Tide offense ranked 15th in the nation in scoring offense (37.1 ppg). The 2016 offensive line unit led by Outland Trophy winner Cam Robinson, who was also a unanimous First Team All-America selection. The Alabama offensive line helped the Tide rank second in the SEC and 12th nationally in rushing offense, averaging 245.0 yards per game.

The UA assistant has been one of the stronger recruiters on the staff, especially looking towards the 2020 class with Bama commits like 4-star receiver Dazalin Worsham, 4-star cornerback Malachi Moore, 4-star quarterback Carson Beck and 4-star running back Roydell Williams under his belt.

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