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In the latest release of the Amway Coaches Poll, Alabama, Penn State, Georgia and TCU held steady at Nos. 1-4.

Last week's poll saw all sorts of seismic shifts thanks to a slew of upsets, but this weekend's slate of games proved to be relatively calm. Not only were there no changes in the first four slots in the fresh poll, No. 5 (Wisconsin) and No. 6 (Ohio State) also held their ground. We do welcome one new member to the top-10, with Notre Dame joining the party right at that No. 10 marker courtesy of their beatdown of USC on Saturday. Oh, and speaking of the Trojans, HC Clay Helton's crew plummeted a whopping 11 spots, all the way down to No. 21. Should they lose to Arizona State next weekend -- which is not at all out of the question -- they'll be in danger of falling out of the poll altogether.
Source: USA Today
Oct 22 - 1:31 PM

Alabama junior WR Calvin Ridley caught eight passes for 82 yards in Saturday's 45-7 deconstruction of Tennessee.

The eight catches were a season high for Ridley and the 82 yards were his highest total since Week 3. While it's nice to finally see the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder receiving a few more looks, he still has not caught a touchdown pass since September 16.
Oct 21 - 8:32 PM

Alabama junior RB Damien Harris (leg) rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Saturday's 45-7 win over Tennessee.

Harris was dealing with a minor leg injury during the practice week, but looked no worse for the wear in Saturday's dominating victory. His touchdown came on a seven-yard run just before halftime. He could have conceivably had another score or two, but Bo Scarbrough was called upon for a pair of short touchdowns in the first half, preventing a more robust statistical line for Harris in the process. The 5-foot-11, 214-pound junior has served as Alabama's most productive back this season, an impressive feat given the loaded state of the Tide backfield.
Oct 21 - 8:29 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Joshua Jacobs sustained an undisclosed injury in the third quarter of Saturday's win over Tennessee.

No word as of yet as to the extent of Jacobs' injury, but it did force him to the locker room. Alabama is generally pretty good about offering updates on the health front and more information figures to be available before the weekend is out.
Oct 21 - 8:25 PM

Alabama junior DE Isaiah Buggs (undisclosed) has been practicing this week.

Buggs (6'5/290) was banged up in Saturday's win over Arkansas, but looks like he will be able to play against Tennessee this weekend. The junior defensive lineman has recorded 25 tackles and half-a-sack on the year. He ranked as ESPN's No. 1 JUCO transfer in the 2017 class.
Source: AL.com
Oct 19 - 7:50 PM

Alabama dismissed senior WR Donnie Lee following his arrest on a third-degree domestic violence charge early Thursday morning.

"This behavior will not be tolerated from anyone and is not representative of our football program," said HC Nick Saban in a statement. Even before his dismissal, the 6-foot, 180-pound former walk-on had not been taking part in team activities due to a knee injury sustained in August camp.
Oct 19 - 2:08 PM

Alabama junior RB Damien Harris (leg) has been practicing this week.

Harris sustained a left leg injury which forced him out of Saturday's win over Arkansas in the fourth quarter, but he was already back at practice on Monday (albeit sporting a wrap on the knee). Consider him probable for this weekend's showdown with Tennessee. Harris has rushed for 625 yards and nine touchdowns for the season. He's been the Tide's most consistent offensive player along with QB Jalen Hurts.
Source: AL.com
Oct 19 - 12:13 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Alabama's Levi Wallace as the top CB in the country so far.

Wallace, who typically plays on the left side, has only allowed nine catches on 30 targets for 95 yards with three interceptions, per PFF. Wallace is a former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to the 2016 season. This is his first heavy action of his career, and Wallace is obviously responding.
Oct 19 - 10:36 AM

Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand (knee) has not been practicing this week.

While Hand has not yet been officially ruled out for Saturday's game against Tennessee, there are no indications at this juncture that he will be able to play in that contest. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound senior has been sidelined since suffering a sprained MCL against Ole Miss at the end of September. There remains no concrete timetable for his return to action.
Oct 18 - 6:16 PM

According to NFL Media's Chad Reuter, Alabama junior RB Damien Harris is an "all-around talent" who can "[break] big runs, [catch] the ball out of the backfield, [return] kicks [and] pass protect."

The analyst ranked Harris as the nation's most underappreciated draft prospect, an idea we've read elsewhere and can get on board with. Overshadowed by fellow RB Bo Scarbrough and his myriad star teammates, the 5-foot-11, 211-pound Harris has run for 625 yards and nine touchdowns on an incredible 9.2 YPC this year. As an added bonus for NFL teams, he doesn't have much wear on his tires after being used as a platoon back at 'Bama.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 17 - 12:34 PM

SI's Bruce Feldman believes Alabama junior DB Minkah Fitzpatrick belongs in the Heisman race.

"Fitzpatrick is the leader of that defense, and Alabama coaches say he’s the total package," Feldman writes, noting Fitzpatrick's versatility against the run (4.5 tackles for loss) and success in coverage (an interception and four pass breakups). Fitzpatrick has earned comparisons to many top playmaking defensive backs, like Jalen Ramsey, due to his versatility.
Source: SI.com
Oct 16 - 10:42 AM

Following Saturday's win over Arkansas, junior RB Damien Harris said of his leg injury suffered in that game, "I'm fine."

Harris posted 125 yards rushing and two touchdowns before exiting early in the fourth quarter with a leg issue. It sounds like this is no big concern, but the 5-foot-11, 211-pounder's progress over the course of the coming practice week is worth monitoring. Alabama hosts Tennessee next weekend.
Source: SEC Country
Oct 15 - 11:50 AM

Alabama junior RB Damien Harris rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries in Saturday's blowout win over Arkansas.

Harris (5'11/211) started out the game in high style, busting downfield for a 75-yard touchdown run on the first offensive play of the contest. He would go on to score from four yards out just eight minutes later. All of this fine work took on a dark shade in the second half, though, as Harris was forced out due to a leg injury. The extent of that injury is not yet known. While Alabama has a slew of talent at running back, Harris has been the mainstay on that front and any extended loss would force the Tide to lean harder on Bo Scarbrough, Joshua Jacobs and Najee Harris. The junior's status for next weekend's game against Tennessee should clarify over the course of the practice week.
Oct 14 - 10:48 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Jalen Hurts completed 12-of-19 passes for 155 yards, a touchdown and an interception while rushing for 41 yards and an additional score in Saturday's 41-9 blowout of Arkansas.

The interception was the first Hurts has thrown in seven games this season. He rushed for an 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter and hooked up with Henry Ruggs III on a 20-yard scoring toss in the third quarter to account for his scoring output on the evening. While the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has just one game of more than 200 yards passing on the year, Alabama really hasn't found itself in a contest which would require aerial pyrotechnics as of yet. The Tide will play host to Tennessee next weekend as they look to improve to 8-0.
Oct 14 - 10:42 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that "[w]e need to get Josh Jacobs involved more."

Jacobs (5'10/204) isn't the only player who Saban would like to see more thoroughly integrated into the offense, saying, "(Freshman RB) Najee Harris is a pretty good player and we need to get him more involved." This season, the Tide offense has almost entirely consisted of the production of QB Jalen Hurts, WR Calvin Ridley and RBs Damien Harris and (to lesser degree) Bo Scarbrough. Saban believes that increased work for Jacobs, Harris and freshman wideouts Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and Devonta Smith during the season will only aid the team in their presumed postseason run.
Oct 13 - 9:17 PM


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