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Al.com reports that Alabama head coach Nick Saban would not rule out sophomore CB Eddie Jackson, from playing in Alabama's season opener versus West Virginia.

"I wouldn’t rule out the fact he can play in this game," Saban said, per Al.com. "But I would rather go in to the game thinking we would use him if we needed to rather than pushing him in the game." Just five months ago, Jackson tore his ACL during spring practice and it's amazing that he could possibly contribute if his number is called upon. On Monday, Alabama released it's first depth chart with Jackson listed as a co-backup to junior Cyrus Jones. As a true freshman last season, Jackson started four games and collected 19 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries.
Source: Al.com
Aug 28 - 11:14 AM

Alabama suspended senior ILB Trey DePriest for the opener versus West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff on Saturday.

Head coach Nick Saban announced the suspension Wednesday, saying DePriest committed a minor NCAA infraction. We don't yet know what that infraction was, but Alabama is being overly cautious because any victory attained with an ineligible player on the field would be vacated. DePriest, a two-year starter coming off a career-high 65 tackle (7.5 for loss), had the look of a breakout player this fall. Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster will start at linebacker for the Crimson Tide.
Aug 27 - 9:37 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday that the team still hasn't decided between redshirt junior Jacob Coker or fifth-year senior Blake Sims as starting quarterback.

The pair have been listed as co-starters, and Saban has hinted he'll play both. "You've got a starting pitcher, doesn't necessarily mean he is going to go nine innings," Saban said. Sims couldn't beat out AJ McCarron in three consecutive years, and many have called Coker a superior prospect to McCarron, so what's going on here? "Word around UA's fall camp is that Coker's arm is everything [Jimbo] Fisher has touted it to be, but that he has been slow to recognize open receivers at times, and absorbing the Alabama system hasn't been easy for him," NFL.com's Chase Goodbread reported. "As a fifth-year senior, it's to be expected that Sims would be far advanced over Coker in understanding what Nick Saban asks of his quarterbacks -- and a new offensive coordinator in Lane Kiffin doesn't change that situation. Yet, sources within the program have told College Football 24/7 that Coker has shown in practice that he can make some throws that Sims simply can't."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 25 - 8:22 PM

If he reduces fumbles and increases his strength this fall, Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon could "make a push to be the first back taken in next year's draft," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay ranks Yeldon as the No. 3 running back prospect, behind Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Georgia's Todd Gurley. It would be a shock if Yeldon could leapfrog both of them, but he does have tantalizing ability. "Yeldon is tall with a somewhat lean frame, and isn't an overpowering runner, but he has good balance and can keep his feet moving after contact," McShay wrote. "He also has excellent lateral agility (especially for a taller back), which, combined with his instincts and patience, makes him highly effective at finding the hole and accelerating through it on runs. He has good but not elite top-end speed, and can seamlessly string together multiple cuts. He's a very competitive runner, and solid in the passing game, but his ball security is a big concern (four fumbles, including three lost, on 227 touches in 2013)."
Aug 25 - 6:35 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was ranked by ESPN's Todd McShay as the No. 1 receiver prospect.

"Cooper has average size for the receiver position and good but not elite top-end speed, but his separation and ball skills more than make up for it," the analyst wrote. "There are very few college wide receivers who show the separation skills that Cooper does on tape with such limited experience. He has a sudden release, runs crisp routes, finds soft spots in zone coverage and does a good job of using jab steps and head fakes to set up defenders. He makes tough catches look easy, demonstrating outstanding concentration in traffic -- although he does suffer from too many focus drops." The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper caught only 43 catches, 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 while battling injuries. NFL.com recently called him college football's ninth-best player. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks compares Cooper to Roddy White, while CBS Sports' Rob Rang compares him to Marqise Lee.
Aug 24 - 9:55 PM

The NFL Media analyst team ranks Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper as the No. 9 player in college football.

"He was a little disappointing last season, but he has the tools to dominate the SEC in 2014," Daniel Jeremiah said. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper caught only 43 catches, 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 while battling injuries, but he had a spectacular freshman season prior to the disappointing sophomore campaign. "Natural pass catcher with outstanding hands, ball skills and running ability. He's a big play waiting to happen," Bucky Brooks said. Brooks wrote earlier this summer that Cooper will be a "true No. 1 receiver" in the NFL. Concluded respected veteran evaluator Gil Brandt: "Big. Fast. Great hands. A playmaker."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 23 - 8:27 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes that Alabama redshirt senior DT Brandon Ivory "can surprise opponents with his initial surge upfield."

Ivory (6-foot-3 and 312 pounds) was named an Honorable Mention All-SEC selection last season after finishing with 24 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. He spent most of his time at nose guard during his first campaign as a starter. "Ivory possesses the typical squatty, powerful frame of an interior defensive lineman and can surprise opponents with his initial surge upfield," Rang wrote. "He possesses only average lateral agility, balance and speed to the flanks, making him a bit of a one-trick pony as a block-eater."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 10 - 7:39 PM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins is ranked by NFL.com as the No. 18 overall player in college football.

"A lot of people think Collins is better than a few of the Crimson Tide's past first-round safeties. It's easy to see why with his blend of speed, quickness and power on the backend," said Bryan Fischer. The athletic 6-foot, 215-pounder is Mel Kiper's No. 1 underclassman safety and projected by all as a Round 1 prospect. "He has the size to bang in the box and the athleticism to make plays from the backend," Daniel Jeremiah said. Collins was a five-star member of the 2012 recruiting class. "The best player on the nation's most consistently strong defense, Collins will step into more of a leadership role this fall. He's also the top safety in the country," Chase Goodbread said.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 6:26 PM

Alabama senior FB Jalston Fowler will be used as a traditional fullback this fall, reports CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Fowler signed with Alabama as a running back and has also seen time at H-back," Rang wrote. "New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is expected to use Fowler as a more traditional fullback in 2014 and it is a role that suits the bruiser well. Fowler showed no loss of quickness and power a season ago after missing much of 2012 with a torn ACL. Five of Fowler's seven receptions a year ago went for touchdowns." The 6-foot, 245-pound Fowler has had just 36 rushing attempts during his entire college career -- along with 47 receptions -- but he's a punishing lead blocker who has the NFL's attention.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 10 - 6:12 PM

Alabama junior RB Kenyan Drake "doesn't look the part of a traditional running back," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Like [teammate T.J.] Yeldon, Drake doesn't look the part of a traditional running back, sporting a relatively lean and high-cut frame," Rang wrote. "He's a naturally elusive runner with good stop-start quickness, agility and a spin move to complement impressive acceleration. Drake served as Yeldon's primary backup last season, rushing for 694 yards and eight touchdowns but he's been plagued by off-field issues (including an arrest July 5) that require further investigation from the NFL." Drake (6-foot, 201 pounds) runs a 4.52 forty. Though he'll never be a true No. 1 at Alabama, Drake will offer the NFL less wear on the tires than other comparable backs.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 10 - 5:01 PM

Alabama redshirt junior C Ryan Kelly has the combination of "quickness, power and balance" necessary to play in the NFL, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Kelly took over for Barrett Jones, the 2012 winner of the Rimington Trophy as the nation's best center, and performed well, showing the combination of quickness, power and balance necessary to one day join his former teammate in the NFL," Rang wrote. "Kelly missed four games last season due to recurring knee pain and has two more years of eligibility remaining." Kelly is a Rimington candidate and will help open holes for T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake this fall.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 10 - 4:47 PM

A panel of NFL.com experts ranked Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon as the 20th-best player in college football.

"He runs a little upright but he can make defenders miss and he has the power to pull through tackles," Daniel Jeremiah said. Yeldon rushed for 1,235 rushing yards with 14 scores in 207 carries last year and leads a stacked Crimson Tide RB group that includes Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Altee Tenpenny, Tyren Jones and Bo Scarbrough. "Yeldon is a collision runner who creates space for himself, and is at his best in big games," Charles Davis said. Added veteran analyst Gil Brandt: "He's a good straight-line back, but he benefits greatly from the line they have at Alabama. I'm not sure he's putting up those numbers if he's at Ole Miss."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 3:39 PM

Alabama senior ILB Trey DePriest projects as a Day Three selection, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

With star CJ Mosley now in Baltimore, DePriest, a two-year starter coming off a career-high 65 tackle (7.5 for loss), looks poised to break out this fall. "DePriest is a classic 3-4 inside linebacker at his best attacking the line of scrimmage, shedding blockers in the hole and knocking down backs with forceful collisions," Rang wrote. "He possesses just average agility and speed for coverage responsibilities and therefore projects as a Day Three selection."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 10 - 2:11 PM

Alabama redshirt senior OT Austin Shepherd "hasn't generated a great deal of national attention but he performed quite well taking over for D.J. Fluker at right tackle last season," notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"[Shepherd] possesses a combination of size, power and surprisingly light feet," Rang wrote. "Shepherd carries too much weight around his middle and occasionally struggles with leverage to drive opponents off the ball in the running game but he shuffles well laterally and can anchor against bull rushers in pass protection." Shepherd, 6-foot-5 and 316 pounds, runs a 5.38 second forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 10 - 1:24 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang compares Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper to Marqise Lee, and stresses not all similarities are complimentary.

"Like Lee, Cooper has excellent quickness and balance to get a clean release against press coverage and to make defenders miss in space," Brugler wrote. "Each accelerates in a flash, generating the burst to gain separation from top cornerbacks. Both can make the spectacular reception look easy and are competitive blockers. Also like Lee, however, Cooper will freelance on his routes a bit and simply drops too many footballs." The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper caught only 43 catches, 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 while battling injuries. "Cooper is noticeably thicker in his chest and thighs than Lee, which may make him more likely to remain durable," Rang wrote. "He'll need to be to earn the first-round pick that [Julio] Jones and [Roddy] White received."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 9 - 11:13 PM


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