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Deontae Lawson will become first Alabama player to wear No. 0

There was some big news to come out of roster updates in Tuscaloosa, with many players electing to change numbers as well as finding out numbers for incoming players.

But the biggest piece of news revolves around one of Alabama’s best players on defense.

Star linebacker Deontae Lawson will wear No. 0 this season, becoming the first Alabama player to do so since it was approved in 2021.

Previously, players were not allowed to wear No. 0 on the football field, but even once it became allowed it was not approved by Nick Saban for anyone to do so.

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Now, Lawson, who has worn No. 32 in the past, is making the switch under new head coach Kalen DeBoer.

Lawson’s running mate at inside linebacker Jihaad Campbell is also making a number switch, swapping his No. 30 jersey out for No. 11.

Defensive tackle Jehiem Oatis is also switching from No. 91 to No. 10, along with fellow defensive lineman Jah-Marien Latham going from No. 93 to No. 20.

It’s certainly a new era in Tuscaloosa, and many players on the team are beginning a new era with new numbers as well.

Michael Brauner is a Senior Sports Analyst and Contributing Writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP

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