Former Alabama OL Kyle Tatum promoted to full-time assistant coach at UAB

Former Alabama OL Kyle Tatum promoted to full-time assistant coach at UAB

UAB head coach Bill Clark shuffled his coaching staff around before the start of spring practice.

Kyle Tatum, a former player for Clark at Prattville who went on to play defensive and offensive line at Alabama, is now UAB’s defensive line coach. Xavier Robinson, who coached the secondary last fall, has moved back to be an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

“It was a great move to put (Tatum) over there, but it allows me to move (defensive coordinator) David (Reeves) to help with the secondary and roam around, which is what the coordinator needs to do,” Clark said.

“It’s hard to be a coordinator from the D-Line. Kyle has worked with D-Line and I love Xavier in the weight room. He’s so good with the kids and it’s his forte. It’s a good move for him.”

Tatum, who played at Alabama from 2002-06, coached defensive tackles at Texas State under Dennis Franchione. He worked as a strength and conditioning assistant for Clark last fall at UAB.

“He’s going to be great,” Clark said. “He just brings a presence and from having played D-Line and O-Line at the college level and coaching the D-Line at Texas State, he has experience. He really helps us in the Texas junior colleges and he’s a recruiter that’s been recruiting for a while.”

UAB had its eighth spring practice on Friday. Players and coaches will be off next week for Spring Break and return for a meeting on March 19 before resuming practice on March 21.

UAB’s spring game will be on April 1 and be televised.

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Published at Sat, 11 Mar 2017 02:54:50 +0000