Justin Eboigbe Remarkable Comeback: One year ago, Justin Eboigbe faced the pain of a season-ending neck injury, watching his team lose to Tennessee and LSU from a distance. Now, a year later, he’s not only back in the Crimson Tide’s starting lineup but also making significant contributions. Last Saturday’s 34-20 victory over Tennessee saw the redshirt senior defensive lineman, Eboigbe, with notable moments, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
Reflecting on his journey during Alabama’s bye week, Eboigbe shared, “This time last year, just recently had surgery, still up in the air of whether I’d be able to play again, seeing my brothers out there and not being able to get the job done in Knoxville.” He expressed the joy of being back on the field, working towards a goal he’s pursued since childhood and witnessing the remarkable change in his circumstances over the past year.
In his fifth year, Eboigbe is enjoying the best season of his Alabama career. Ranking third on the team in tackles for loss (5.5) and sacks (3.), he’s a key part of a disruptive defensive front. His fourth-quarter sack against Texas A&M stood out as a game-changing play, contributing to Alabama’s 26-20 victory.
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With 38 tackles in eight games, Eboigbe has surpassed his previous season-best of 19 tackles in both 2020 and 2021. Notably, his sack count this season alone exceeds the combined total of his previous four seasons. Junior outside linebacker Dallas Turner emphasized the value of Eboigbe’s veteran presence, guiding the young defensive line and fostering a sense of camaraderie.
The defensive front is further strengthened by the emergence of Tim Smith and Tim Keenan. Smith is set to surpass his career-high in tackles, while Keenan has exceeded expectations. As Alabama gears up for a crucial matchup against LSU, these players will play a pivotal role in facing the nation’s highest-scoring offense.