Alabama Crimson Tide: stoutland reax

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It’s now official. Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will take the same job with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was considered one of the best in college football at his position, but what does his departure mean for the Crimson Tide on the recruiting trail?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland has accepted the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles under new head coach Chip Kelly, the school announced on Friday.

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Richard C. Lewis/Icon SMIBefore coming to Alabama, Jeff Stoutland spent four seasons at the Univeristy of Miami.
“Coach Stoutland did an excellent job with our offensive line along with each and every responsibility he had while he was here at the University of Alabama," coach Nick Saban said in a school news release. "We appreciate all that he did in terms of his time and his dedication in contributing to the success we’ve had over the last two years. He’s an outstanding coach and he will do a great job with the Eagles. We wish him and his family the best.”

Former All-Pro offensive lineman and Alabama great Chris Samuels joined the UA staff as an offensive line assistant in 2012 and could be a potential replacement for Stoutland. Another possibility is Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend, who was an All-SEC lineman at Alabama in the mid-1990s.

The replacement for Stoutland will be faced with a big challenge at Alabama, rebuilding an offensive line that powered the Tide to its second national championship in a row. Three starting positions are up for grabs with few experienced players waiting in the wings.

Stoutland, a nearly 30-year veteran of coaching, helped form the Crimson Tide offensive line many considered to be the best in college football, if not in the history of the game, in 2012. Former Alabama linemen Chance Warmack, D.J. Fluker and Barrett Jones all are expected to be taken in the NFL draft. Warmack is currently the No. 2 offensive lineman, according to ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr.

Stoutland was an assistant under head coach Nick Saban for the past two seasons in Alabama, taking over for Joe Pendry when Pendry retired after the 2010 season. Stoutland earned a base salary of $395,000 in 2012.

Before joining Saban's staff, Stoutland held the same position and was the interim head coach at Miami. Stoutland was part of the staff that would come under NCAA investigation, though no punishment was placed on Stoutland or Alabama. However, when many Alabama staffers received raises following the 2011 national championship, Stoutland noticeably remained at the same salary.

Stoutland was heavily involved in Alabama's No. 1-ranked 2013 recruiting class, which became official Wednesday. UA signed three offensive linemen in the class:

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