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Alabama center scrutinized over bad snaps in Rose Bowl loss enters transfer portal

Alabama center Seth McLaughlin faced criticism for his snapping ability during the Crimson Tide's overtime loss to Michigan in Monday's Rose Bowl.

By Wednesday, he was reportedly planning to leave Alabama.

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University of Alabama center Seth McLaughlin plays against Tennessee on October 21, 2023 in Tuscaloosa. (AP Photo/Vasya Hunt, File)

According to multiple reports, McLaughin will likely enter the transfer portal and play at a new school during the 2024 season. He received playing time late in the 2021 season, eventually starting eight games in 2022 and every game in 2023 until the loss to Michigan.

The paper noted that McLaughlin's glaring issues reared their ugly heads this season, becoming a major issue in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Jalen Milroe's final snap of the game near the goal line was so low that the quarterback couldn't get into the end zone.

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Seth McLaughlin to play in SEC title game

Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Seth McLaughlin prepares to hike a football during the SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on December 2, 2023. Was. (David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“You have to be ready for everything, whether it's pass protection, the running game, the passing game,” Milroe told reporters after the game, via the New York Post. “The quarterback and center have to have a great relationship, and that's what we've been trying to build all season.

“Me and Seth talk a lot about that. It's something we talk about a lot.”

McLaughlin was also on the Rimington Trophy watch list before the season started. The trophy is awarded to the nation's best center at the end of the season.

He is one of at least 10 Alabama players to enter the portal so far.

Seth McLaughlin vs USF

University of Alabama offensive lineman Seth McLaughlin blocks during a game against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on September 16, 2023. (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The middle of Alabama's depth includes graduate Darian Dalcourt and redshirt sophomore James Brockermeyer, according to Ourlads.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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