The Alabama Crimson Tide is dealing with its yearly coaching turnover and has brought in Will Lawing to serve as an analyst for the 2021 season, according to's Matt Zentiz. Lawing spent the last seven seasons working on the Houston Texans staff.

Lawing played college football at North Carolina before getting into coaching. He received a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science in 2008 and spent his first four seasons coaching at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, he was the tight ends coach, passing game coordinator and then offensive coordinator before moving on.

Lawing then served as a graduate assistant at Penn State under Bill O'Brien in 2013. He would follow O'Brien to the Texans serving as a defensive quality control coach then an offensive line assistant before being promoted to tight ends coach.

Lawing's father, Brad Lawing worked for Alabama head coach Nick Saban during his time at Michigan State. The elder Lawing was defensive line coach for the Spartans in 1999.

As an analyst he will not be allowed to coach the players but he will likely aide O'Brien as he transitions his offense back to the college game. He was originally retained on the Houston staff under new head coach David Culley but opted to reunite with O'Brien in Tuscaloosa.

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