Matt Leatherwood Jr Biography & Facts
Alex Leatherwood is an American football offensive tackle for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Early life and high school career
Leatherwood grew up in Pensacola, Florida and attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he played football for head coach and former Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward. He was named first team All-Area by the Pensacola News Journal as a junior and senior. As a senior, he was named a first team All-American by Parade and named to the second team by USA Today and played in the All-America Bowl. Leatherwood was rated a consensus five-star and top 10 recruit for his class and committed to play college football at the University of Alabama during his junior year.
Leatherwood enrolled at Alabama a semester early and played in seven games as a true freshman. He saw significant playing time in the 2018 CFP National Championship Game, entering the game at left tackle after start Jonah Williams was injured in the third quarter. He was moved to right tackle during spring practice and moved again to right guard during fall training camp, winning the starting job going into his sophomore season. He started all 15 of the Crimson Tide's games, giving up 21 pressures, and was named second team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) by the league's coaches.Leatherwood was moved back to the left tackle position following the season. He was named first team preseason All-SEC and a second team preseason All-American by Sporting News entering his junior season. He was placed on the Outland Trophy watchlist midway through the season. Leatherwood started every game for Alabama and was named first team All-SEC by the league's coaches and second team by the media and was named first team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association. After considering entering the 2020 NFL Draft, Leatherwood announced that he would return to Alabama for his senior season.As a senior, Leatherwood starting all 13 of Alabama's games as the Crimson Tide won the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship. He was named first team All-SEC and was the co-winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy along with Alabama center Landon Dickerson. Leatherwood was a unanimous first team All-America selection and was awarded the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman.
In June 2020, Alex Leatherwood wrote the screenplay for a video in support of the Black Lives Matter movement; he appeared in that video along with a number of his fellow players and their coach, Nick Saban.
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