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Redshirt sophomore ArDarius Stewart is expected to be Alabama's No. 1 WR this season.

"In 2015, he's expected to make that last man miss, to catch the ball on his fingertips and become Alabama's No. 1 playmaking receiver," beat writer Alex Scarbrough writes. If the spring game was any indication, Stewart is on his way to taking that step after recording eight receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Stewart has 12 receptions and 149 yards to his name.
Source: ESPN
Jun 30 - 12:05 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarbrough pegged junior LB Reuben Foster as Alabama's breakout candidate.

Foster has shined on special teams through two seasons, making highlight reel tackles with an old school mentality. Now Foster is expected to transition to weakside linebacker next to Reggie Ragland. Scarbrough does point out that Foster needs to stay healthy, as "lowering his head too often... has ended in quite a few visits with the training staff."
Source: ESPN
Jun 30 - 11:09 AM

Alabama sophomore OT Cameron Robinson "has the strong lower body to generate movement in the running game," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Combine that run blocking skill with only yielding 1.5 sacks last season and you have the makings of a premier NFL prospect. That doesn't mean Robinson is perfect, of course. "One area where Robinson can show improvement is his balance when asked to move and engage in space," Zierlein wrote. "Too often he failed to land clean blows on the second level." Zierlein grades Robinson as the ninth-best offensive lineman in the nation.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 2:31 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein "came away disappointed" in a tape study of Alabama junior tight end O.J. Howard.

"He clearly has the athleticism and seam speed to threaten defenses all over the field, but too often I saw lazy, complacent routes," Zierlein wrote. "Still, his talent after the catch and ability to hit the big play from an in-line tight end spot give him a chance to put together a big season with a new quarterback likely to lean on bigger targets like Howard. As a next-level player, Howard must improve his physicality and competitive spirit as a blocker." The analyst ranks Howard as the No. 6 tight end in the nation. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard runs a 4.59 second forty, benches 405 pounds and squats 500 pounds.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 10:55 PM

In a college football player draft between FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman, Alabama junior DL A'Shawn Robinson was selected first overall.

Mandel made the selection and prefaced his pick by saying "Other than quarterback, I believe no player on the field can influence a game more than a dominant defensive lineman -- particularly inside." Robinson is the anchor of Alabama's defensive line, and we agree with Mandel's statement in terms of interior disruption changing an offense more than anything else.
Source: Fox Sports
Jun 22 - 10:05 AM

Alabama senior ILB Reggie Ragland "still has room for improvement in pass coverage -- not surprising, given his size -- but Alabama will be physically dominant in the front seven this year, and Ragland is a huge reason why," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst ranks Ragland as the No. 7 LB in the nation. The 6-foot-2, 252-pounder had 95 stops and 10.5 TFL and was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award last year. Ragland helped the Tide finish as the No. 4 run defense in the nation. NFL Media compares Ragland to Jerod Mayo.
Jun 21 - 7:08 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wonders if Alabama senior LB Reggie Ragland is "athletic enough to be a three-down linebacker in any system."

The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Ragland had 95 stops and 10.5 TFL and was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award last year. "While Nick Saban took him out on third downs at times during his first year as a starter (in 2014), Ragland is not slow-footed by any means," Reuter wrote. "In his second year running Saban's pro-style defense in 2015, the former five-star recruit can let his natural ability shine." NFL Media likens Ragland to Jerod Mayo.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 19 - 5:56 PM

Alabama senior DT Jarran Reed "is utterly disruptive in the middle," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Reed, an All-SEC honorable mention selection in his first year with the Tide, recorded 55 tackles, 6.5 stops for a loss, one sack and five pass breakups in 2014. "He commands double teams and eats them like a 6-4, 313-pounder should -- and doesn't have the sloppy body and inconsistent motor that prevented former JC/Alabama stud NT Terrence 'Mount' Cody from earning a first-round draft spot," Reuter wrote. "If Reed continues to push forward on early downs and keeps his nose clean this year (he was arrested for DUI in the summer of 2014), he'll be the first nose tackle off the board next spring." Reed was compared by NFL Media to Michael Brockers.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 18 - 8:37 PM

Alabama 2015 RB signee DeSherrius Flowers has been deemed academically ineligible despite already attending classes at the school.

Flowers was an early enrollee and already went through a full semester at Alabama before the ineligibility was discovered. Who knows what this means for his status for the 2015 season, but he will likely complete whatever course was missing and re-enroll. Flowers was a four-star recruit.
Jun 18 - 10:56 AM

Oregon State graduate WR Richard Mullaney has announced that he will be transferring to Alabama.

On Monday, the 6-foot-3, 194-pound wideout, had a visit with the program which must have gone extremely well. The former Beaver recorded 83 passes for 1,160 yards and five touchdowns during his time with Oregon State. Last season an elbow injury slowed up Mullaney, as he was forced to miss the last half of the season, posting 18 receptions for 216 yards. In 2013, Mullaney recorded 52 receptions for 788 yards and was a reliable threat in the passing game.
Jun 16 - 3:49 PM

Dismissed Alabama redshirt sophomore RB Tyren Jones will play at Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College next season.

Per Michael Casagrande, Jones is following the path of former Bama ball carrier Alvin Kamara, who spent time at the same Junior College before transferring to Tennessee. Jones was dismissed from Alabama after his arrest for marijuana possession while already on suspension.
Source: AL.com
Jun 16 - 9:55 AM

ESPN.com's Edward Aschoff notes that redshirt junior Jacob Coker "still hasn't taken the starting spot, despite being more comfortable with Kiffin's offense."

"Months later -- and with Sims long gone -- Coker still hasn't taken the starting spot, despite being more comfortable with Kiffin's offense. For a team that will no doubt get votes to win the SEC this fall, Alabama has a potential roadblock at quarterback," Aschoff wrote. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Coker has the ideal size and arm talent for the next level, however, he'll have to figure out how to put it all together and showcase that on the big stage. Coker is currently competing with David Cornwell, Alec Morris and freshman Blake Barnett to be the Crimson Tides signal caller.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 2:49 PM

Oregon State graduate WR Richard Mullaney will visit Alabama on Monday.

Mullaney, a graduate transfer, intends to leave Oregon State. The Tide is joined by Nebraska as the presumed frontrunners, though the 'Huskers, coached by former OSU HC Mike Riley, haven't announced public interest in Mullaney yet. Mullaney is eligible to play immediately in 2015 wherever he signs. Mullaney caught 83 passes for 1,160 yards and five touchdowns during his time with the Beavers.
Jun 14 - 6:57 PM

Oregon State graduate WR Richard Mullaney will transfer.

He is eligible to play immediately and will be a sought-after free agent. With former HC Mike Riley now at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers are the reported early favorites. Another potential landing spot is Alabama. Mullaney, who missed half of last year with an elbow injury, caught 83 passes for 1,160 yards and five touchdowns at OSU. "I want to thank Richard for his contributions during this coaching transition," new HC Gary Andersen said in a statement. "It is his choice to transfer and we will support him as he moves into the next phase of his life."
Jun 14 - 1:41 PM

Alabama sophomore CB Tony Brown boasts the third-fastest 110-meter hurdle time of all college football players.

In addition, he owns Texas' high school state record (4A) in the 110-meter hurdles and nearly made it to Eugene for the NCAA championship meet. Brown also has run a blazing 7.83 seconds in the 60-meter hurdle. The five-star recruit is one of the fastest players in the nation and is expected to start this year.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 3:24 PM


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