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Alabama HC Nick Saban said of the tight end position, "I think systematically, we’ll probably use it a little better."

O.J. Howard wishes this would have happened three years ago, but better late than never? While Howard has moved on to the NFL, the Tide have brought in Patriots TE coach Brian Daboll to serve as offensive coordinator and he'll have several options at the position. The names to know, here, are junior Hale Hentges, sophomore Miller Forristall and sophomore Irv Smith Jr. Hentges is more of an in-line blocking tight end, while Forristall and Smith are likely to see the most pure offensive work as receivers.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 17 - 5:59 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Joshua Jacobs (hamstring) did not practice on Monday.

Just when Jacobs suffered the hamstring injury is somewhat unclear, but Tide HC Nick Saban revealed the hammy issue on Saturday. Consider this a day-to-day type of injury unless Alabama announces otherwise. Jacobs will be vying for carries with Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris and Najee Harris during the coming season.
Source: AL.com
Aug 14 - 5:28 PM

Alabama freshman RB Najee Harris (hamstring) practiced on Monday.

Harris was laid low by a minor hamstring pull on Saturday, but as expected, he has returned to practice action in short order. Michael Cassagrande of AL.com passes along that the five-star true frosh was "running fine" on Monday.
Source: AL.com
Aug 14 - 5:16 PM

Alabama freshman RB Najee Harris (hamstring) is expected to return to practice on Monday.

Harris has been dealing with a slight pulled hamstring and has been rested over the past few days as a precautionary measure. Prior to the injury, the five-star freshman had been taking some first-team reps. His role in the Tide's loaded backfield should clarify over the coming weeks.
Aug 13 - 3:35 PM

Alabama freshman RB Najee Harris (undisclosed) did not practice on Thursday.

Unless word surfaces to the contrary, this was probably just a precautionary day off for Harris. The five-star frosh has been taking reps with the first-team offense early in camp and has stood out in the early going as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 10 - 8:26 PM

The initial rankings release for the CFB Playoff will come on Halloween.

A scary good time is guaranteed for all. The first rankings will be released on October 31, with weekly Tuesday installments to follow up until the Selection Show on Sunday, December 3, when the four-team Playoff field will be set.
Aug 10 - 7:16 PM

Alabama senior WR Robert Foster (back) has been practicing in pads.

Foster was struck by a car while riding his dirt bike in June. He needed 27 stitches on his back. It looks as though he is past that accident, now. The former five-star recruit has caught 21 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns during his three seasons with the Tide.
Aug 10 - 6:44 PM

Alabama beat writer Michael Casagrande believes the school's RB depth is a vital piece of the team heading into the 2017 season.

The team certainly rosters depth, with Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs and newcomers Najee Harris and Brian Robinson working behind likely starter Bo Scarbrough. Scarbrough produced at a high level down the stretch last season, earning some Derrick Henry comparisons. However, his background is full of injuries. Najee Harris and Jacobs over a change of pace, make you miss kind of style.
Source: AL.com
Aug 9 - 9:56 AM

Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that the team is exclusively developing sophomore Trevon Diggs at corner in camp.

Diggs (6'1/182) saw time as a safety, receiver and a kick-returner last season. The Tide were using him solely as a corner in spring ball and all indications from preseason camp are that this is the role he will be playing during the coming season. Said Saban, "We're really focused on trying to develop him as a corner on our team, so we're not going down that (offensive) road right now." Coming out of high school as part of the 2016 class, Diggs ranked as a four-star athlete. Part of the reason that Alabama likes him on the defensive side of the ball at this juncture is that the team has a number of young options at wide receiver already.
Aug 8 - 6:22 PM

ESPN's Marcus Spears referred to Alabama junior DT Da'Ron Payne as a "[b]ig, physical beast."

"Super athletic, super strong. One of those big old bruisers that we’re used to seeing over there (in the SEC)," Spears said before adding that the 6-foot-2, 320-pounder is "[s]uprisingly more athletic than I thought he would be." Payne is, indeed, a physical terror, one who is capable of benching 545 pounds, squatting 635 and running a 40-yard dash in a shade over five seconds. He posted 36 tackles (3.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks across 13 games played last season. Payne has the potential to be a top-10 draft pick -- if not a top-five draft pick -- next spring.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 8 - 5:36 PM

In their newest odds for the next College Football Playoff champion, Bovada listed Alabama as a 12/5 favorite.

Alabama had been installed as a 4/1 favorite in January and received a nice little upgrade in Bovada's newest list of odds. The Tide are followed up by USC (6/1), Ohio State (13/2), Florida State (15/2) and Michigan (16/1). One final odds note -- following Bob Stoops' retirement from Oklahoma, the Sooners dropped from 9/1 to 16/1.
Aug 8 - 4:52 PM

Alabama freshman RB Najee Harris has been receiving reps with the first-team offense.

It's not a surprise that Harris is receiving first-team reps, but the fact that he is already taking them just a week into camp stands out. Per several reports, the five-star frosh has been used to particular effect as a pass-catching weapon out of the back field early on. Tidesports.com's Aaron Suttles passes along that Harris is "an absolute nightmare in the passing game for linebackers to deal with." Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris are the team's likely 1A and 1B on the ground, with Najee attempting to work into the mix behind them along with sophomore Joshua Jacobs.
Aug 8 - 3:48 PM

The SEC Network's Paul Finebaum said that Alabama HC Nick Saban handled senior DE Da'Shawn Hand's DUI charge properly.

Finebaum said at the time of Hand's DUI arrest at the end of July that he believed that the defensive end needed to be suspended for at least the opener against Florida State. Saban opted not to do that and cited the fact that Hand was asleep in a parking lot and not driving when he was arrested. Finebaum admitted that he might have jumped the gun, saying, "I think when we hear ‘driving under the influence’ we all react, and in my case I overreacted. And to Coach Saban’s credit, he made sure he had all the facts, which we didn’t."
Aug 7 - 12:43 PM

Alabama OC Brian Daboll believes sophomore QB Jalen Hurts has improved in three areas.

"He’s really improved his feet, his eyes and where he’s going with the football," said Daboll. Basically throwing the football, which is needed after the second half of the season Hurts produced. Defenses realized they must force Hurts to beat them with his arm, and he missed more often than he hit. An improved passer would make Hurts a very talented quarterback since he already has the mobility down.
Aug 7 - 9:16 AM

Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough (leg) said his leg is 100-percent healthy.

Scarbrough (6'2/228) was limited in spring practices while rehabbing the broken leg he suffered against Clemson in the National Championship Game in January. He's now healthy, but will face durability questions from the NFL after having suffered a pair of torn ACLs and two broken legs. "I mean, you can't avoid injury," Scarbrough said. "Whatever happens, happens." Scarbrough ran for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games last season. Nearly half his rushing yards came in the final three games of the season. This fall, he leads a running back rotation that includes 1,000-yard rusher Damien Harris, the elusive Josh Jacobs, five-star recruit Najee Harris and four-star recruit Brian Robinson.
Source: AL.com
Aug 6 - 12:39 PM


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