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Sources: Star Alabama safety Caleb Downs enters portal

Alabama safety Caleb Downs, a second-team All-American in his freshman season, is headed to the NCAA transfer portal, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

Downs earned a starting safety spot as a true freshman in 2023 and became the first known freshman to lead the team in tackles, as his school bio says that statistics reaching back to 1970 indicate that. He earned first-team All-SEC honors from the SEC coaches and was the SEC's Newcomer of the Year.

Downs received numerous freshman All-American honors and also received second-team All-American honors for all players from The Associated Press.