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Former Alabama Star Joining Nick Saban's Staff

A closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After seeing several of his assistants depart for the NFL and other college jobs, Nick Saban has gotten to work replenishing his staff.

According to BamaOnLine, Saban is adding former special teams ace Vinnie Sunseri as a graduate assistant this coming Fall.

Sunseri split time as a defensive back and a special teams player from 2011 to 2013. He was a part of Alabama's back-to-back national title teams in 2011 and 2012.

During his three years with the Crimson Tide, Sunseri recorded 105 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, two pick-sixes, five passes defended and a fumble recovery.

After leaving school following his junior year, Sunseri was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent two years in New Orleans but only played sparingly.

He joined the Patriots in 2016 but was cut and signed to the 49ers practice squad the next week. He was promoted to the 49ers' active roster late in the 2016 season but was released early in 2017.

Sunseri joins an Alabama staff that has lost a significant number of staffers this off-season.

Assistant head coach Dan Enos has gone to Miami (FL), offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is now head coach of Maryland, wide receivers coach Josh Gattis is now at Michigan, defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is now with the Browns, and offensive line coach Brent Key has gone to Purdue.