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Alabama sophomore WR Henry Ruggs had his left hand wrapped during Monday's practice.

Ruggs exited during the third quarter of Saturday's thrashing of Ole Miss, with no specification what the injury was. It's probably safe to assume that the injury involved his hand. According to Charlie Potter of 247 Sports, Ruggs went through drills, which is a decent sign, albeit not a lock that he'll play on Saturday against Texas A&M. Stay tuned.
Source: Bama Online
Sep 17 - 6:10 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore has been graded as the top defensive player in the country through the first three weeks by Pro Football Focus.

Williams (6'4/295) flashes enormous ability in his limited time with the Crimson Tide as a redshirt freshman in 2017, but he's been better than anticipated as a sophomore. As PFF notes, he has the best grade in the country among lineman against the run (96.0) and his 86.2 percent pass-rush grade is fifth among interior defensive lineman. Alabama is loaded with quality defenders, but Williams has been as good as any of them. Going by the analytics, he's been better.
Sep 17 - 5:48 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang writes that Alabama redshirt junior S Deionte Thompson was the best "riser" after his play in Week 3 against Ole Miss.

The praise for Thompson has been loud in quality and quantity, with Shannon Sharpe calling him the best safety he's seen in college football since Sean Taylor. ". Thompson intercepted one pass, reading the eyes of Rebels’ quarterback Jordan Ta’amu to steal this interception and should have been credited with a forced fumble for delivering a wicked shot to abruptly end one of his eight rushes on the day," writes Rang. Thompson's rise has been a quick one, and it shouldn't shock anyone if the redshirt junior is one of the first defensive backs off the board. He certainly would be if the draft were held on Monday.
Sep 17 - 4:29 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard believes Alabama junior TE Irv Smith is a player to watch.

Smith has 9/122/2 through three games and will likely outperform his entire 2017 season within the next few weeks. Head coach Nick Saban has done a good job getting Smith more involved this season. Ledyard believes Smith "is an excellent athlete with great size, speed and quickness for the position." He is an interesting draft prospect with the potential for a skyrocketing draft stock depending on how he performs the rest of the season.
Sep 16 - 10:19 AM

Shannon Sharpe tweeted that Alabama redshirt junior DB Deionte Thompson's "range and ball skills" remind him of Ed Reed.

The praise didn't stop there as Sharpe continued in another tweet saying Thompson "is the best college safety I’ve seen in since Sean Taylor." These are quite the comparisons from the Hall-of-famer and not ones that should be thrown around lightly. Thompson has played extremely well to start the season and has an interception and three passes defended through three games. It's tough to be as bold as Sharpe with any comparisons, but Thompson has a good chance at being a 1st round selection in the 2019 draft as long as his off-field issues don't haunt him.
Sep 16 - 9:01 AM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 11-of-15 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 47 yards in Saturday's 62-7 win over Ole Miss.

One of these days, Tagovailoa will be forced to play extensively in the second half. It wasn't on Saturday, as the Tide pushed out to a 49-7 (!) halftime lead and did not require the sophomore's services after the two teams emerged from the locker room. If there's anything which could serve as a potential hurdle for Heisman glory, here, it might be that Tagovailoa's numbers are going to be necessarily muted by degrees simply due to the Tide's dominance. In three games this season, he's now thrown for 646 yards with an 8/0 TD/INT ratio.
Sep 15 - 11:23 PM

Alabama sophomore WR Jerry Jeudy caught three passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 62-7 win over Ole Miss.

Jeudy (6'1/192) has been a revelation through three games, with he and QB Tua Tagovailoa having already hooked up for a hearty six touchdowns. He has caught two in each of Alabama's three games to date. On Saturday, Jeudy burned the Rebs for a 79-yard score with 9:51 remaining in the first quarter before later notching a 22-yard touchdown reception near the end of the second quarter. On the whole this season, the sophomore standout has caught 11 passes for 287 yards and the aforementioned six touchdowns. Texas A&M will come calling to Tuscaloosa next weekend, in the first SEC showdown between all-universe coaches Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher.
Sep 15 - 11:16 PM

Alabama sophomore WR Henry Ruggs was taken to the locker room during the third quarter of Saturday's game against Ole Miss due to an unspecified injury.

At the time of his departure, Ruggs had accounted for 25 receiving yards and a touchdown on three receptions. Alabama was rolling at that point, holding a 59-7 lead, so the Crimson Tide could afford to be a bit cautious with any players who happen to be banged-up if HC Nick Saban chose to take this approach. Ruggs' status will be updated as more information becomes available.
Sep 15 - 9:52 PM

Alabama freshman CB Patrick Surtain Jr. has allowed just three catches for 34 yards this season.

Surtain (6'2/183) has been targeted more than any defensive back in the SEC -- 10 times -- as teams have looked to find the soft spot on the Alabama dragon. The five-star freshman has more than held his own despite the heavy early attrition, though. He'll face his toughest test of the young campaign when A.J. Brown, DK Metcalf and company welcome the Crimson Tide to Oxford for what should be a fun Saturday night showdown.
Sep 14 - 1:06 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban confirmed that redshirt freshman K Joseph Bulovas will be the kicker moving forward.

Bulovas replaced Austin Jones against Arkansas State on Saturday after Jones missed an extra point and a 27-yard field goal. Bulovas went on to hit a 39-yarder as well as all five of his extra points. Bulovas was ranked as the No. 6 kicker nationally in 247Sports' Composite rankings last year.
Source: AL.com
Sep 13 - 12:42 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban confirmed that senior K Austin Jones' benching is a permanent decision.

Jones missed a chip-shot field goal and an extra point in Saturday's blowout win over Arkansas State. Saban being Saban, that would not stand. Jones is a grad transfer from Temple who beat out Joseph Bulovas in camp. Bulovas has now returned the favor.
Sep 13 - 12:37 PM

FBSchedules.com reports that Alabama and New Mexico State have agreed to a contest to be played on Nov. 13, 2020.

The game will be played in Tuscaloosa and will net New Mexico State a reported $1.9 million. Alabama and New Mexico State are also scheduled to play next season. The newly freed Independent will net $1.7 million for that initial upcoming contest.
Source: 247Sports
Sep 12 - 7:16 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Najee Harris averaged a first down on his 13 carries and was credited with a broken tackle on every other run according to Pro Football Focus.

Harris (6'2/23) ran all over Arkansas State totaling 135 yards and a touchdown in the 57-7 win. The Tide are loaded at running back as usual, but the sophomore back looks like one of the most talented backs in the country. With Damien Harris as the starter, Alabama faces a better opponent in Ole Miss next week. Expect Najee Harris to see around 10 touches again.
Sep 9 - 2:27 PM

Alabama breaks record for weeks as AP's No. 1 ranked team with 106.

Nick Saban's team sealed the record -- which was previously held by Ohio State -- with a 57-7 win yesterday against Arkansas State. With Tua playing like a Heisman quarterback, Alabama is rightfully ranked ahead of No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Georgia. Ohio State, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Auburn, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Penn State round out the top 10. Alabama plays Ole Miss on the road next week.
Source: AL.com
Sep 9 - 2:07 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa has completed 10-of-10 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns on third downs this season.

Ladies and gentleman, Tua is the real deal. With the whole Hurts vs Tua debate seemingly in the past, Tagovailoa was unleashed on Saturday, throwing for 228 yards and four touchdowns in Alabama's 57-7 thrashing of Arkansas State. Ole Miss is on the docket for next week, an absolute smash spot for Bama's offense after the Ole Miss defense allowed 41 points to Southern Illinois on Saturday.
Sep 9 - 11:52 AM


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