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Alabama junior DB Minkah Fitzpatrick won the Chuck Bednarik award on Thursday.

Fitzpatrick also took home the Jim Thorpe award earlier on Thursday evening for best defensive back, and now he takes home the award for best overall defensive player. He beats out NC State's Bradley Chubb and Georgia's Roquon Smith. The star defensive back finished his regular season with 44 tackles, five passes defended and one interception for the Crimson Tide. He's projected as a potential top ten pick if he does chose to enter the NFL Draft, and will get a chance to show off against one of the top offensive unites in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson.
Dec 7 - 8:58 PM

Alabama junior DB Minkah Fizpatrick won the Jim Thorpe Award on Thursday.

The award goes to the top defensive back in the country. He wins the award over Iowa's Josh Jackson and Texas's Deshon Elliott. Fitzpatrick is considered one of the best defensive prospects in this year's draft class, registering 44 tackles and five passes defended for the Tide. He's also nominated for the Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the top defensive player in the country.
Dec 7 - 7:21 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star JUCO CB Saivion Smith.

Smith (6'3/191) was initially part of LSU's 2016 recruiting class. He ranked as a top-50 prospect coming out of high school, but following his freshman campaign, was seeing mostly second-team work during the spring. He transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in June. On the 247Sports' composite, Smith ranks as the No. 4 overall JUCO prospect in the 2018 cycle and the No. 1 JUCO cornerback. The outlet notes that he is "elite in short space" and offers "excellent recovery ability."
Source: 247Sports
Dec 6 - 2:29 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper named Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand as the prospect who hurt his draft stock the most this season.

The former five-star recruit was expected to break out in 2017, his first as a full-time starter, but Hand has only 2.5 TFL. "At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, he's a tweener -- not big enough to be a tackle but not explosive enough to play end at the next level," Kiper wrote.
Source: ESPN
Dec 5 - 3:35 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that Alabama junior WR Calvin Ridley will declare for the NFL Draft.

No real surprise, here, especially considering that this is a receiving class which lacks the top-end punch of last year's star-studded pool containing the likes of Mike Williams, Corey Davis and John Ross. Pauline views Ridley as the No. 1 receiver in this class, and writes that the 6-foot-1, 188-pound junior is "the only player at the position we grade as a clear-cut first-rounder." Ridley has caught 55 passes for 896 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games this season. While those are modest numbers, they should not be considered a demerit. He plays in an offense which is simply not conducive to aerial fireworks. And Ridley has essentially been the team's lone receiver of note this year, meaning that he's put up those numbers despite facing extremely heavy defensive scrutiny game-in and game-out.
Nov 29 - 7:34 PM

Alabama senior DB Hootie Jones suffered a partial MCL tear, according to beat writer Matt Zenitz.

Redshirt sophomore Deionte Thompson would likely step in if Jones misses time. Obviously, Alabama is not commenting on the issue, so we might not know Jones' status until Alabama's bowl game or playoff contest.
Source: AL.com
Nov 29 - 10:53 AM

NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah calls Alabama junior S Ronnie Harrison one of the most underrated players in the country.

"When he hits people, they stop," Jeremiah said. Harrison has been one of the more productive safeties in the country, but doesn't have the recognition of some of the other defenders at Alabama. Scouts and analysts are certainly taking notice, however, and he could be one of the first safeties off the board thanks to his physicality (6'3/216) and underrated coverage skills.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 27 - 4:41 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Jalen Hurts completed 13-of-23 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 79 yards in Saturday's 26-14 loss to Auburn.

Hurts hooked up with Jerry Jeudy on a perfectly thrown 36-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, but outside of that toss, this was largely a forgettable game for the sophomore. He had several issues handling snaps in the fourth quarter -- not all his fault -- and Alabama was largely unable to find offensive traction after halftime in what was a beauty of a performance by the Auburn defense. With this loss, Alabama misses out on what was a long-assumed date with Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. The Tide are now in the foreign territory of having to wait for their Playoff fate to be decided by the committee.
Nov 25 - 7:02 PM

In the latest release of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Alabama remains in the top spot.

The Crimson Tide remain in the top spot after their demolishing of Mercer on Saturday, and received 58-of-61 first-place votes. The other three votes went to Miami (FL.), who remain second overall. The biggest riser is LSU, who move up two spots from 21 to 19.
Nov 19 - 2:09 PM

Alabama freshman Tua Tagovailoa completed 7 of 11 passes for 85 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 56-0 win over Mercer on Saturday.

Tua hasn't come close to replacing Jalen Hurts this season, but the backup quarterback will always be the most popular person in town when a team loses. Tua threw two great endzone fades that were converted by diving and leaping receivers.
Nov 18 - 3:08 PM

Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarborugh rushed for 54 yards on five carries in the school's victory over Mercer on Saturday.

This includes a 44-yard run. Scarbrough is a big man who can rumble, and his long run displayed those skills after contact. His draft process, including the athletic testing profile, will be one to watch.
Nov 18 - 2:53 PM

Alabama junior WR Calvin Ridley caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in the school's Saturday win over Mercer.

This was all accomplished in the first half, as the Crimson Tide sat their starters in the final two quarters. Maybe it is the Alabama uniform, but Ridley looks quite similar to Amari Cooper after the catch. He has a chance of being the first receiver off the board this spring.
Nov 18 - 2:49 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Jalen Hurts completed all seven of his attempts for 180 yards and three touchdowns in the school's win over Mercer on Saturday.

Hurts was pulled from the game early, as Alabama (expectedly) is dominating Mercer. Some teams play cupcakes in September and October, Alabama is playing one in mid-November just before the Iron Bowl against Auburn. This is just the third game that hurts has thrown over two touchdowns this season.
Nov 18 - 2:37 PM

Alabama freshman DL/DE LaBryan Ray broke a bone in his foot during practice on Thursday.

He already had surgery on Friday. Bryan played in a handful of games this season after being one of the top recruits in the country. He played a pivotal backup role when Alabama was shorthanded at the position.
Source: 247 Sports
Nov 18 - 10:53 AM

Of Alabama junior WR Calvin Ridley, ESPN's Mel Kiper predicted that "he'll be a mid-first-round pick in April."

"At 6-foot-1, 188 pounds, he's a tremendous weapon," Kiper wrote. "Ridley is explosive in and out of cuts, has good hands and is excellent after the catch. And he's not afraid to go across the middle and make a play." Ridley has been held to a 49-755-2 line this year, mostly because of Alabama's run-first offense. He's showed increased explosion, averaging 15.4 YPC, well above his averages from the last two years (11.7 and 10.7 YPC). Ridley posted a 72-769-7 line last season and a 89-1045-7 line as a true freshman in 2015.
Source: ESPN
Nov 16 - 5:35 PM


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