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Michigan five-star 2019 verbal S commit Daxton Hill flipped his commitment to Alabama.

This is a huge one, as Hill plans on putting pen to paper with his team-to-be during the early December window upcoming. We would be very surprised if he moves off his new Alabama pledge given the timing, here. Michigan initially received his commitment in mid-September. On the 247Sports composite board, the 6-foot, 186-pounder ranks as the No. 8 overall prospect -- and the No. 1 safety -- in the 2019 class. He possesses elite athleticism and position versatility to boot. 247Sports analyst Barton Simmons writes that Hill "project[s] as an impact player at either safety, corner or nickel at a national power." He has Day 1 draft chops for the down the road should he develop to his expected ceiling.
Dec 8 - 7:13 PM

Pro Football Focus named Alabama redshirt sophomore DT Quinnen Williams their SEC Player of the Year.

Williams (6'4/295) took home the Outland Trophy -- best interior lineman -- on Thursday. PFF now coming in to honor him on Friday. The redshirt sophomore defensive tackle finished the regular season with a 95.9 grade by the outlet's metrics, good for the top mark among all SEC defenders. In terms of traditional statistics, Williams logged 66 tackles (18.0 for loss) and eight sacks across 13 games played.
Dec 7 - 2:36 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa was named the winner of the Maxwell Award.

Tagovailoa landed two Player of the Year Awards during Thursday night's festivities, having earlier picked up the Walter Camp Award. While he did not win the Davey O'Brien -- best QB, which was given to Oklahoma's Kyler Murray -- this was a slam dunk of a night for the sophomore gunslinger. The winner of the Walter Camp has also won the Maxwell in each of the last five seasons, and that person has gone on to win the Heisman each of the last five seasons. That is what we call a 1:1 corollary, friends. Of course, it's not a huge sample, and we'll note in Murray's favor that the Oklahoma signal-caller was earlier today named the AP Player of the Year. By a landslide. Probably needless to say, we're looking forward to Saturday's Heisman announcement. Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins is the third finalist in this equation, but it would be a major surprise if Haskins finishes above third place.
Dec 6 - 9:22 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore DT Quinnen Williams was named the winner of the Outland Trophy.

The Outland Trophy is handed out annually to the best interior defensive lineman in the country. Williams (6'4/295) rocked 66 tackles (18.0 for loss) and eight sacks over the course of 13 games played. It could be a busy, busy month-plus for Williams, who will be facing off with Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the right to play for another national title upcoming, and additionally has a decision to make when it comes to the NFL Draft.
Dec 6 - 8:57 PM

Alabama sophomore WR Jerry Jeudy was named the winner of the Biletnikoff Award.

Jeudy (6'1/192) is the second Alabama player to soak in sweet, sweet recognition on Thursday, as Tua Tagovailoa came away with Walter Camp Player of the Year honors earlier in the evening. The Biletnikoff is handed out annually to the top receiver in the country. Jeudy brought it home courtesy of a breakout 59-1103-12 campaign in 2018. He is the second Crimson Tide wideout to win the award, joining Amari Cooper in that rarified air.
Source: AL.com
Dec 6 - 8:20 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa was named the winner of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

The Walter Camp is bestowed annually upon the best overall player in college football. Tagovailoa earns the honor on the strength of a 2018 season in which he threw for 3,353 yards (67.7-percent completions) with a 37/4 TD/INT ratio. He missed out on the AP Player of the Year Award to Oklahoma's Kyler Murray earlier in the day. Those two will be battling it out for the Heisman Trophy come Saturday. Of note, the last five players to win the Walter Camp have gone on to win the Heisman.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 6 - 6:53 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) is on schedule in his recovery from surgery.

Tagovailoa underwent a surgical procedure on his right ankle after getting banged up in the team's SEC Championship Game win over Georgia this past weekend. Saban said that "[t]he procedure they did usually takes two weeks for a guy to have explosive movement" before later adding that the coaching staff has been "pleased with the progress he's made to this point." Tagovailoa has a bit of runway to get completely right (or close to it), as Alabama's Orange Bowl date with Oklahoma will take place on Dec. 29.
Dec 6 - 6:00 PM

Updating a previous item, The Athletic's Bruce Feldman refuted Football Scoop's report that Alabama co-OC/WR coach Josh Gattis would be accepting the offensive coordinator job at Maryland.

Feldman passes along that sources "very close" to Gattis told him that this Maryland report is "not even close to accurate." Football Scoop's Doug Samuels had reported earlier on Thursday that this was expected to be a done deal unless Gattis was offered the head-coaching position at Appalachian State. We'll keep tabs on this situation until definitive word surfaces one way or another.
Dec 6 - 1:45 PM

Football Scoop's Doug Samuels reports that Maryland will hire Alabama co-OC/WR coach Josh Gattis to serve as offensive coordinator.

Samuels passes along that the offer has already been made to Gattis and that he is expected to accept. He and new Terps HC Mike Locksley are already very familiar with each other after working the sideline in Tuscaloosa together during the 2018 season. Prior to his year at Bama, Gattis spent the previous four seasons working as Penn State's wide receivers coach. Scout.com named him the Big Ten Recruiter of the Year back in 2015. Per Samuels, the only potential snag with Gattis' hiring would come if Appalachian State offered him their head-coaching position. Otherwise he looks to be Maryland-bound.
Dec 6 - 1:38 PM

Alabama freshman WR Jaylen Waddle was named the SEC Freshman of the Year.

Waddle (5'10/177) has worked as a terrifying deep threat for the Crimson Tide machine this season, averaging 19.6 yards per reception in 13 games this season -- that mark is good for the fifth-best YPR mark in the SEC. On the whole, the true frosh sensation has built up a 41-803-7 receiving line. He still has an outside shot at 1,000 yards for the campaign depending on if Alabama can make the title game once more. They'll have to get through Oklahoma first.
Dec 5 - 3:23 PM

In congratulating LSU LB Devin White on his win of the Butkus Award, Alabama junior LB Mack Wilson wrote that he's "coming for it next year."

Of course, in order for Wilson to come for the award next year, the star linebacker would have to return for the 2019 season in Tuscaloosa rather than declare for the NFL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 239-pounder would likely land on Day 1 of the draft should he declare. We'll keep an eye on this one. Sometimes players just like their spots -- we saw Clemson's multitude of defenders opt back in last winter, ditto players almost across the board at Washington.
Dec 4 - 7:12 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

Tagovailoa takes home the offensive award, Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen takes home the defensive tabs. The Crimson Tide also had five other first-team players, which is no surprise considering how dominant they were in the 2018 campaign. We have a funny feeling this won't be Tagovailoa's last award.
Dec 3 - 1:06 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 LB Christian Harris, who had previously been committed to Texas A&M.

A big flip for Alabama. Harris hails from Baton Rouge, and he ranks as the ninth best player from the state of Louisiana on 247 Sports composite rankings. They also rank him ninth at the position, so this is obviously a quality get for Alabama. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker also had offers from LSU, Auburn and Arkansas; just to name a select few. Alabama's class continues to rank at the top of virtually all recruiting websites.
Dec 3 - 12:04 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (right ankle) is only expected to be out two weeks.

He is expected to have a minor procedure that should hold him out for only two weeks. This is great news for the Crimson Tide as their star quarterback looks to have avoided a serious injury and they are slated to play almost four weeks from now in the Orange Bowl on December 29th. This specific timeline gives Tagovailoa enough time to rest up and get in a handful of practices prior to the College Football Playoff matchup. With Tagovailoa at full health, it's difficult to imagine the Crimson Tide being anything less than heavy favorites to bring home the hardware.
Dec 2 - 1:20 PM

Alabama will play against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on December 29th.

Alabama drew the No. 1 seed while Oklahoma drew the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff. The Nos. 2 and 3 seeds are Clemson and Notre Dame, meaning Georgia and Ohio State were left out. The committee ranked Georgia No. 5 and Ohio State No. 6. This was mostly expected with Georgia suffering its second loss of the season to Alabama on Saturday and Ohio State suffering an embarrassing loss to 6-6 Purdue.
Dec 2 - 12:44 PM


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