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ESPN's Alex Scarborough writes that in Alabama's quest to replace Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson, sophomore DE/LB Terrell Hall is an under-the-radar name to watch.

"Now a new crop must emerge, and Hall might be the most intriguing player of the bunch. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound sophomore has all the weapons to wreak havoc off the edge," Scarborough notes. This past season, Hall -- ESPN's No. 47 prospect for the 2016 cycle -- recorded 11 tackles and a sack in 11 games for the Crimson Tide. In addition to expected work at defensive end, he could potentially see time at outside linebacker along with Christian Miller and Anfernee Jennings during the coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 5:29 PM

Alabama senior CB Tony Brown failed to qualify for the U.S. national team in the 100-meter dash.

On Thursday at the United States Track & Field Outdoor Championships, Brown was disqualified due to a false start. Crimson Tide football fans probably aren't too sorry to see this. Making the national team would have required participating in the IAAF World Championships, which would have conflicted with Alabama's report date for fall camp on Aug. 2. The 6-foot, 196-pound Brown is a two-time track All-American. Brown is expected to be the Crimson Tide's starting nickelback this season.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 3:56 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Alabama redshirt senior C Bradley Bozeman as the No. 3 senior draft prospect at his position.

Bozeman (6'5/319) was a mainstay on the line last season, starting all 15 games at center for the National Championship runner-ups. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell sees the former four-star recruit being drafted on Day 2 or early Day 3 at this summer juncture.
Jun 26 - 4:42 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 CB Jalyn Armour-Davis.

"[Armour-Davis] will enter college ahead of the curve in terms of technique, scheme versatility and coverage skill," writes ESPN's Billy Tucker, "but will need to add size and strength to his leaner frame for press and run support before we see him making an impact as a full-time player." The analyst sees the 6-foot, 165-pounder initially beginning his career with Alabama as a nickelback and compares him to Miami Dolphins CB Maurice Smith, noting, "The former Alabama and Georgia CB had a similar frame, underneath instincts and recognition skills as Armour-Davis out of high school." Armour-Davis ranks as ESPN's No. 223 overall prospect. He gives the Tide four ESPN 300 commitments in the 2018 class. Alabama has been out to an oddly slow start on the trail, but we expect them to charge hard as things get serious this fall. It would be a surprise to see them still on the outside of the top-10 on the major recruiting outlets when all is said and done.
Jun 26 - 3:02 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff wrote that "you just won't find a more dangerous backfield (trio) in the SEC" than that of Alabama sophomore QB Jalen Hurts, junior RB Damien Harris and redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough.

Aschoff passes along a juicy stat, noting that "[t]his trio combined for 2,806 rushing yards last year. That was more than 11 SEC teams had the entire 2016 season." And that trio of studs is not alone in the backfield -- Alabama's running back corp is positively teeming with depth. Returning backs B.J. Emmons and Joshua Jacobs should see their fair share of carries, too, with five-star true freshman Najee Harris also a threat to make an impact, as if Bama needed help on that front.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 6:42 PM

Alabama senior WR Robert Foster was hit by a car while riding his dirt bike on Saturday, leading to 27 stitches in his back.

The link below contains pictures and it is pretty incredible Foster only needed stitches. As a redshirt sophomore, Foster flashed early on before going down with an injury. Calvin Ridley since stepped up and became Alabama's go-to target... for a team that can only maintain one consistent receiving threat. For that reason, we do not expect Foster to have a great 2017, unless Jalen Hurts emerges as a much better passer.
Source: AL.com
Jun 20 - 11:58 AM

Team sources told Walter Football's Charlie Campbell that Alabama junior DT Da'Ron Payne is "a special player who could end up being one of the top prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft."

"Sources say that they feel that Payne is a better prospect at this point than Marcel Dareus was at the same level of experience," Campbell writes. Dareus, as you may recall, was drafted third overall by the Bills in 2003. The analyst additionally passes along that "[o]ne team source said that Payne is a monster and a top-5-10-caliber player in his overall ability." The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder was a five-star recruit out of high school and recorded 36 tackles (3.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks in 13 games as a true sophomore last season.
Jun 17 - 12:13 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly believes that Alabama sophomore QB Jalen Hurts' composure is his strongest suit.

"Yes, there were wobbles during the College Football Playoff, both in the Peach Bowl and National Championship games. But throughout the SEC schedule, he was an assassin. No venue too big. No juiced-up SEC front too intimidating," Connolly writes. The analyst also notes that Hurts' game has been "micro analyzed" this offseason. We strongly agree with that stance. For some of his issues as a pure pocket passer, Hurts played phenomenally as a true freshman thrown into the fire -- remember, it was Blake Barnett, rather than Hurts, who initially started against USC in the season-opener. A full offseason to prepare as starter will be huge for his development. He posted 36 total touchdowns last season.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 16 - 7:57 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban said he can't anticipate retiring "any time soon."

"As long as I feel good, I love doing it," Saban said. "I've said this before: I've been a part of a team since I was nine years old. It scares me to death to figure what it's going to be like when I'm not a part of a team. So, as long as I feel good and I'm healthy and I can do it, we certainly have every intention of trying to do it. If I felt like I couldn't do it to the standard that I want to do it, then I think that would be time not to do it. But I certainly don't feel like that's any time soon." Saban, 65, is under contract through 2024 on a deal worth $65 million.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 3:49 PM

Alabama left tackle Jonah Williams praised junior DE Isaiah Buggs.

"He looks good," Williams said. "He's doing a good job. You can tell he's a hard worker and he's learning the defense." The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Buggs, an early enrollee, signed with the Tide in December as ESPN's No. 1 JUCO transfer of the 2017 class. Over the past two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Buggs logged 134 tackles with 18 TFL and seven sacks. He's competing with Raekwon Davis and Quinnen Williams for a starting job.
Jun 13 - 2:41 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff expressed some doubt as to whether Alabama sophomore QB Jalen Hurts will be able to match his rushing output from last season.

Aschoff points to the presence of Alabama's loaded running back stable as reason Hurts might be unable to top the 954 yards he rushed for as a true freshman in 2016. This doesn't worry us so much -- Alabama was loaded at running back last season, too, and Hurts still found his way to almost 1,000 yards on the ground. More of a potential factor in our mind, Aschoff's note that the sophomore gunslinger will likely be working out of the pocket more as a passer. As is often the case with young dual-threat quarterbacks, there were times last season when Hurts chose to tuck-and-run under pressure before the passing play had truly developed. It would not be a surprise to see him showing more patience in the pocket in 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 2:37 PM

Scout.com's Michael Clark believes that Alabama four-star 2018 verbal LB commit Quay Walker "would benefit from a redshirt season in Tuscaloosa."

Clark writes that a redshirt year "would allow him get bigger and stronger" and adds that "[a]fter one year on campus, he will likely be push for significant playing time." This would seem to be the general consensus, as ESPN's Craig Haubert voiced a similar belief after the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder committed to the Tide earlier this week, writing that Walker "may need a season or two to develop and refine technique as a defensive player."
Source: Scout.com
Jun 10 - 1:53 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack is putting Alabama four-star 2018 verbal WR commit Xavier Williams on flip watch.

Should Williams flip, Miami would be his probable destination. Wrote Wommack, "Williams has been committed to Alabama since January but it didn’t take long for people in South Florida to start speculating on when he might flip to the Canes. After he visited Coral Gables during the spring, speculation heated up even more." The 6-foot, 180-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 99 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. He is a stud on catches over the middle and possesses a great set of mitts, though whether that set of mitts actually ends up in Tuscaloosa remains an open question.
Source: Rivals
Jun 9 - 8:52 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah tagged Alabama junior DE Da'Shawn Hand as a "breakout star" for 2017.

"Only at Alabama can a team lose the Bednarik Award winner and replace him with a top-five recruit heading into his senior season. It’s unfair. But now that Johnathan Allen is gone, Hand will take his place on the defensive line," Jeyarajah writes, adding that the 6-foot-4, 278-pounder should have a chance to marry his immense physical talent with an increased opportunity for playing time. This past season, Hand registered 21 tackles (2.5 for loss), a sack and a forced fumble in 10 games played. He was dealing with back injury near the end of spring practice, but should be ready to rock 'n' roll for August camp as he looks to take a big step forward.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 9 - 5:37 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert writes that "in the long run (Alabama four-star 2018 verbal LB commit Quay) Walker displays the tools to develop into an excellent fit."

Haubert doesn't necessarily see Walker contributing immediately given Alabama's depth of talent -- he writes that the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder "may need a season or two to develop and refine technique as a defensive player" -- but likes his versatility, athleticism and frame. The analyst compares him to Georgia LB Roquan Smith, noting that "[b]oth presented a high ceiling as a linebacker with some development needed once entering college." Walker lands on the ESPN 300 as the No. 29 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. This is considerably higher than the ranking slot assigned by Scout, who waits until No. 130 to slide him into their master list for the class.
Jun 9 - 5:22 PM


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