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Isaiah Buggs | Defensive End

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 286

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Alabama senior DE Isaiah Buggs accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Buggs was one of the top pass-rushers in the SEC in 2018, picking up 9.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss during the Crimson Tide's undefeated season. He did battle a knee injury late in the year, but his production from a 6-foot-5, 286-pound frame is sure to make him one of the most talked about prospects during the Senior Bowl. Dec 10 - 6:26 PM

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Alabama HC Nick Saban said after Saturday's win over Auburn that he thinks senior DE Isaiah Buggs (knee) "will be OK."

Buggs suffered a left knee injury, which Saban labeled as a hyperextension, during the first quarter of Saturday's Iron Bowl. While the senior defensive end did return briefly, he eventually left just before halftime and remained out for the rest of the game. Buggs has 9.5 sacks on the season, and his health is something to keep an eye on as the Crimson Tide prepare for an SEC Championship Game matchup with Georgia.
Nov 24 - 8:03 PM

Alabama senior DE Isaiah Buggs (knee) was taken to the locker room during the second quarter of Saturday's game against Auburn.

Buggs injured his left knee during the first quarter, and after being evaluated in the team injury tent he was able to return to the game. But that second stint on the field was short-lived, as the senior defensive end was clearly playing at less than full strength. More should be learned about Buggs' status for the remainder of Saturday's game at halftime.
Nov 24 - 5:01 PM

Alabama senior DE Isaiah Buggs (knee) has been cleared to return to Saturday's game against Auburn.

Buggs went down with an apparent left knee injury during the first quarter, and after some time in the injury tent he was riding the exercise bike with a sleeve on his knee. The senior defensive end, a possible first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, has since returned to action for the top-ranked Crimson Tide.
Nov 24 - 4:11 PM

Alabama senior DL Isaiah Buggs (leg) was helped off the field during Saturday's game against Auburn with an apparent left knee injury.

Team trainers were looking at Buggs' left knee on the field before taking him to the team injury tent on the sideline. The senior defensive lineman has been a valuable contributor for the Crimson Tide this season, and from an NFL standpoint some scouts believe that he could be a first round pick in the spring. Sophomore LaBryan Ray is listed as Buggs' backup on the depth chart, should he be unable to return.
Nov 24 - 4:00 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell lists Alabama senior DL Isaiah Buggs as a player who is seeing his draft stock rise.

Buggs was outstanding against Texas A&M on Saturday, consistently getting to the quarterback and wrecking havoc in the backfield."While Buggs is a strong defender at the point of attack, he has sneaky athleticism with a burst to close on the quarterback," writes Campbell. "If Buggs has a few more games like this in 2018, he could end up being a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft." This defensive class is loaded with defensive lineman, but Buggs ability to rush from inside and out will be something scouts monitor heavily over the next two-plus months.
Sep 27 - 12:51 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gave Alabama senior DE Isaiah Buggs a second-round grade.

Pauline is reportedly lower on Buggs than other scouts who have him as "the top tide prospect." Pauline distinguishes him from DE Raekwon Davis and says "Buggs possesses great first step quickness and plays with tremendous pad level and technique. Lacking the size of Davis, Buggs must improve his strength at the point as he’s easily handled by opponents on occasion." Buggs was the No.1 prospect in the 2017 JUCO cycle and posted a respectable 51 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season at Alabama. If he can improve on those numbers this season he has a chance to see his draft stock enter the first round.
Aug 5 - 1:24 PM

Alabama senior DE Isaiah Buggs recorded the 3rd best run-stop percentage among all returning interior defenders.

Buggs (6'5/290) was a 2017 JUCO transfer who recorded 51 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his first year at Alabama. With the high turnover of Alabama's defense due to the immense NFL talent pool, Buggs could be in for an expanded role in 2018. Buggs will warrant consideration in the top half of the draft with a solid upcoming season.
Jun 15 - 3:02 PM

Alabama junior DE Isaiah Buggs will return to school for the 2018 season.

Buggs (6'5/290) made his announcement on Twitter on Thursday. The No. 1 JUCO prospect in the 2017 cycle, the junior registered a respectable 51 tackles (4.0 for loss) and 1.5 sacks. He posted five tackles during Monday's title win over Georgia. An even beefier role in 2018 could well be in the cards given the losses Alabama will take to both the draft and graduation.
Jan 11 - 1:11 PM

Alabama junior DE Isaiah Buggs (undisclosed) has been practicing this week.

Buggs (6'5/290) was banged up in Saturday's win over Arkansas, but looks like he will be able to play against Tennessee this weekend. The junior defensive lineman has recorded 25 tackles and half-a-sack on the year. He ranked as ESPN's No. 1 JUCO transfer in the 2017 class.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 07:50:00 PM

Alabama left tackle Jonah Williams praised junior DE Isaiah Buggs.

"He looks good," Williams said. "He's doing a good job. You can tell he's a hard worker and he's learning the defense." The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Buggs, an early enrollee, signed with the Tide in December as ESPN's No. 1 JUCO transfer of the 2017 class. Over the past two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Buggs logged 134 tackles with 18 TFL and seven sacks. He's competing with Raekwon Davis and Quinnen Williams for a starting job.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 02:41:00 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree believes that Alabama sophomore DE Isaiah Buggs could compete for playing time early on with the Tide.

"At 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, Buggs is already physically ready to make the transition," Crabtree writes, "so if he can pick up the mental aspect of playing at Alabama, he will have every opportunity to be an immediate impact player." The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder committed to Alabama in December and is already on campus as an early enrollee. Buggs ranked as ESPN's No. 1 JUCO prospect in the 2017 class.
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 10:30:00 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 JUCO DE Isaiah Buggs.

Buggs was deciding between LSU and Alabama. Chalk another one up for Nick Saban. In a statement regarding his decision, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive lineman cited the fact that LSU's coaching staff has yet to be cemented under HC Ed Orgeron as a partial reason for his decision to side with the Tide. By the 247Sports' composite, Buggs ranks as the No. 4 overall JUCO prospect for the 2017 cycle. He is expected to enroll at Alabama in January.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 02:34:00 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 JUCO DE Isaiah Buggs will take an unofficial visit to Ole Miss on Saturday.

Buggs will soak in the festivities when the Rebels tango with the Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder has already taken an unofficial visit to Auburn this season, checking out the Tigers in their 19-13 loss to Clemson on September 3. By the 247Sports composite, Buggs ranks as the No. 2 JUCO prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 04:01:00 PM