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Alabama HC Nick Saban compares WR Calvin Ridley to Keenan McCardell "but probably with more speed."

"He reminds me of like Keenan McCardell but probably with more speed," said Saban. "He’ll make a lot of plays in the league." This is a pretty strong comp. McCardell was a very crafty route runner who came into the league with mediocre testing numbers (6'0/175 with a 4.55 forty and a vertical of 36 1/2). McCardell ranks No. 23 all-time in receptions (883), but he was never a dominant No. 1 receiver. Ridley (6'0/189), who likewise underwhelmed during the pre-Draft process, could be headed for the same career path.
Apr 24 - 3:50 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 T Tanner Bowles.

Bowles was is ranked as the 17th best offensive tackle by 247 Sports, and fourth-best among players from the state of Kentucky. He was also considering offers from hometown schools Kentucky and Louisville, and out-of-state options like LSU, Oklahoma and Penn State. Bowles will need to add some bulk (6'5/280) to handle the rigors of the SEC, but reports indicate he's a strong player who can help the Crimson Tide in both the run and pass game as a blocker.
Source: 247 Sports
Apr 23 - 10:18 PM

The MMQB's Peter King notes teams are "sniffing around" the No. 7 overall pick to gauge the interest in Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick.

King projects Fitzpatrick to the Bucs at No. 7. There's a lot working in Fitzpatrick's favor, including coming from an Alabama program and his aggressive mentality to shine near the line of scrimmage. If King is right, Fitzpatrick is a top 10 lock.
Source: SI.com
Apr 23 - 11:26 AM

Alabama junior DB Trevon Diggs "limped off" the field during the spring game.

Diggs walked off under his own power which is encouraging. He had just returned to spring practice from an ankle injury two weeks prior and ankle injuries are one of the easiest to re-aggravate and then subsequently linger. Despite the injury, HC Nick Saban said Diggs "had a really good spring." He will likely be one of Alabama's starters in 2018.
Apr 23 - 12:00 AM

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban criticized junior quarterback Jalen Hurts' throwing ability during their spring game.

ESPN's microphones picked up Saban saying "I mean, the third-team quarterback can move the team right down the field throwing the ball" after Hurts elected to scramble on a play." Saban told reporters after the game he wasn't disappointed in Hurts' performance despite only completing 19-of-37 passes. With so much scrutiny on his inability to throw the ball and the emergence of sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa in the College Football playoff, Hurts' chances of remaining the starter for 2018 are dwindling.
Apr 22 - 10:56 PM

An anonymous NFL personnel executive said, "This is the worst wide-receiver draft I’ve seen in my life."

That executive then begged the question "Name me a first-rounder other than Ridley?" In a poll of 14 scouts, Ridley was far-and-away the No. 1 wide receiver ahead of Maryland's DJ Moore and SMU's Courtland Sutton. Despite the hype on Ridley as this year's No. 1 WR, teams are very concerned about his athleticism. Ridley produced an abysmal athletic composite score in the 7th percentile and is " a No. 2 receiver, and on a top team he’s a No. 3," according to one scout. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has Ridley as his second-ranked wide receiver and 27th overall on his top-150 draft board. He will likely be drafted in the middle of the first round.
Apr 22 - 2:28 PM

Bob McGinn Football's Mark Eckel has Alabama DT Da'Ron Payne ranked as the second-best defensive lineman.

Eckel only has Payne (6'2/311) behind Washington DT Vita Vea. Eckel picked the brains of numerous scouts and one of the scout's enamored with Payne said, "They’re going to feel him every play. He does have some quickness. He’ll always be a push-the-pocket guy but he has upside as a penetrator. He’s a first-round pick in any draft." Some scouts aren't as sold, mentioning "As a rusher he needs a lot of technical work " and Alabama "didn't develop" Payne's "pass rushing upside. Beyond Payne and Vea, scouts aren't generally excited about the 2018 class and are much more interested in 2019. One personnel executive even said the top four players in next year's class are all defensive lineman. Payne will likely be selected sometime within the first round of the 2018 draft even with a loaded 2019 draft class on the horizon.
Apr 22 - 1:35 PM

Alabama junior QB Jalen Hurts completed 19-of-37 passes during the Crimson Tide's spring game on Saturday.

It wasn't Hurts at his best, but it's important to remember that these numbers don't mean much, and that the Alabama offensive line was whipped by the defense and Hurts had very little time to stay in the pocket. Still, it would have been nice for the junior signal-caller to have a better game -- especially with Tua Tagovailoa competing with him for the starting position. Alabama HC Nick Saban told reporters he wasn't disappointed with his performance, and he's one of the few coaches who'd give you an honest assessment if he was. If Hurts doesn't get assurances that he'll be the starter, we still wouldn't be surprised if he transferred to another program for the 2018 season.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 6:34 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Taulia Tagovailoa.

Yes, Tagovailoa is the brother of sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa, the potential starting quarterback for Alabama in 2018. The younger Tagovailoa was reportedly down to Tennessee and the Crimson Tide, but was also considering Florida, Michigan and Nebraska, among others. He's rated sixth-best "pro style" quarterback on 247 Sports composite rankings, and the eighth best player in the state of Alabama. We could see a Tagovailoa-to-Tagovailoa quarterback run in Tuscaloosa.
Apr 21 - 1:40 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 WR Dazalin Worsham.

Be prepared for some "Dazalin is dazzling" puns. Worsham (6'1/180) had plenty of big offers, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Georgia. He ranks as the 14th best receiver in the 2020 class according to 247 Sports. Alabama has recruited the wide receiver position as well -- if not better -- than anyone, and it sounds like Worsham is just another high-ceiling player who will catch passes for the Crimson Tide.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 20 - 8:45 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that he had a "very positive meeting" with Averion Hurts, the father of junior QB Jalen Hurts.

Mr. Hurts offered a slew of headline-worthy comments in a recent interview, saying (among other things) that his son had no plans to simply roll over and transition to wide receiver to allow Tua Tagovailoa an open path to starting action in Tuscaloosa, that his son would play this season whether at Alabama or elsewhere and that if the younger Hurts were to transfer, "he'd be the biggest free agent in college football history." But after speaking with Saban this past weekend, Averion said, "I don't think there's an issue or a problem from my standpoint." That may calm things for the short term, but this may well end up being an untenable situation. One only has to look at Ohio State's stumbles in their Cardale Jones/J.T. Barrett days to understand how uncertainty at quarterback -- even with two skilled signal-callers on roster -- can seriously gunk up the offensive works.
Apr 20 - 2:51 PM

Alabama junior RB Joshua Jacobs (ankle) was limited in practice on Thursday and is "unlikely" to play in their spring game.

Jacobs wore a black non-contact jersey and only participated in a few drills at practice. Recovering from an offseason ankle surgery, Jacobs has been limited all spring and may not be fully recovered for another few months. It will be tough for Jacobs to carve out a role behind starters Damien Harris and Najee Harris barring injury, but getting himself healthy is likely his first priority.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 19 - 8:51 PM

Alabama ILB sophomore Dylan Moses worked with the outside linebackers in practice on Thursday.

This is of interest because Moses is projected to be one of the Crimson Tide's starting inside linebackers. However, Alabama often cross-trains their linebackers which would explain some of his time being spent with the outside linebackers. SEC Country's Marq Burnett speculates they could also potentially utilize him "in certain packages as a rusher off the edge." As a true freshman in 2017, Moses recorded 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and added an interception and a forced fumble. He will likely play a significant role in Alabama's defense as a sophomore in 2018.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 19 - 8:27 PM

Alabama redshirt junior LB Anfernee Jennings (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Jennings (6'3/260) was at least dressed out in a black non-contact jersey, though he's not ready for true football activity as of yet. He had not been seen at practice previously this spring. The redshirt junior linebacker is on the mend from a knee injury sustained in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson over the winter. That injury required surgery. His status for August camp should clarify as we move into the summer months.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 19 - 7:21 PM

Averion Hurts, the father of Alabama junior QB Jalen Hurts, said that his son is "a quarterback, and he wants to play quarterback."

This was in reference to the on-going quarterback battle between Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa down in Tuscaloosa. There's been some speculation that if Tagovailoa wins the starting job this summer, Hurts could potentially shift to receiver. At least right now, it would appear that the junior's camp is not budging off their stance that he will continue to play quarterback. If not at Alabama, then somewhere else. The senior Hurts addressed the possibility of a transfer in addition to his positional comments, saying that if his son does not win out over Tagovailoa, then "he’d be the biggest free agent in college football history." That's a bit of hyperbole, though Hurts would certainly be much sought after if he did decide on a transfer.
Apr 19 - 5:41 PM


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