Alabama added a significant piece to the offense when they landed Tyler Harrell via the transfer portal. The former Louisville wide receiver brings game-changing speed to a unit that lost three of its top four pass-catchers from 2021.

Safety Jordan Battle confirmed at SEC Media Days on Tuesday, that Harrell is indeed, fast.

“Everybody hears he is very fast, and it’s true,” Battle said of Harrell. “He is very fast. He is a great route runner, and he can take the top off defenses. We love that because we need guys on offense to give our secondary competition in practice.”

From Henry Ruggs III to Jaylen Waddle to Jameson Williams, Alabama has had its fair share of speedy wideouts in recent memory. Harrell was clocked running a 4.24 in the 40-yard dash at the Louisville Pro Day in 2021. The record at the NFL combine is a 4.22 by John Ross in 2017.

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Last season, Harrell caught 18 passes for 523 yards (29.1 yards per catch) and six touchdowns. He can create separation with ease and has the ability to a short to intermediate pass the distance.

“Harrell is a big-play receiver for his team. We thought we could use somebody that could add that, Nick Saban said in June.

Harrell joins a wide receiver core that also added Jermaine Burton via the transfer portal and returns Ja’Corey Brooks, Traeshon Holden, JoJo Earle and Christian Leary.

The Crimson Tide open the season on Saturday, Sep. 3 against Utah State inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.

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