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Alabama HC Nick Saban states that redshirt sophomore WR ArDarius Stewart has been the "most consistent" wide receiver "in terms of ability to execute."

"He's making plays every day," Saban told AL.com. "I think his confidence is growing, and I think he's the next guy that we need to sort of be the man when it comes to playing receiver and playing with consistency. Quarterbacks can develop confidence in some guys that they can go to, and he's certainly done a good job of that so far." Last season, the 6-foot-1, 204-pound Stewart hauled in 12 passes for 149 yards for the Crimson Tide. Stewart is currently Alabama's fastest wideout, as he recorded a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash during the spring. Stewart has the potential to be the Crimson Tide's prime target in the passing game in 2015.
Source: AL.com
Sep 1 - 2:42 PM

Alabama has included QBs Jacob Coker, Cooper Bateman, Alec Morris, Blake Barnett and David Cornwell as possible starting quarterbacks on its depth chart.

The five starting quarterback candidates for the Crimson Tide were all separated by the word "or," which means no definitive starter as of yet. Reports in camp have varied wildly as to who might be leading the competition, with Coker and Cornwell both being mentioned as shoe-ins by a speculating media at various points. Given that Blake Sims wasn't named the starter until hours before last season's opener, Nick Saban might keep everybody waiting until just before his team's kick-off with Wisconsin to announce the competition's winner. He's previously indicated that two quarterbacks could play in that game.
Source: AL.com
Aug 31 - 5:56 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban notes that Alabama sophomore WR Cameron Sims may play on Saturday.

"We'll probably make a call later in the week as to whether we can use him in this game or not," Saban told Al.com. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Sims played in 12 games as a true freshman, with seven catches for 62 yards and a touchdown last season. Unfortunately for Sims, he tore his ACL and LCL in late March during spring practice. The Crimson Tide prospect has practiced in individual drills, since August 19.
Source: AL.com
Aug 31 - 2:04 PM

Alabama freshman QB Blake Barnett worked with the offensive line in Saturday's practice, essentially serving as a scout-team quarterback.

Generally, scout-team quarterbacks stand in as the opposing starter to give defenses reads, but as Alabama has yet to decide on its own QB, they needed somebody to serve as a stand-in for their own starter with the offensive linemen. The logic works a little strangely, but former five-star recruit Barnett served the role. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound gunslinger remains in competition for the starting job along with Jacob Coker and David Cornwell.
Source: al.com
Aug 29 - 5:59 PM

The Chiefs and Raiders have already sent letters to Alabama senior ILB Reggie Ragland's high school coach, inquiring about his "character and work ethic."

The information teams have on prospects by the time the draft rolls around is verging on endless. And perhaps even gross. Connor Cook's high school coach was recently contacted by the Cleveland Browns. This type of preseason research is likely common among professional clubs, but is being relayed to the public more this year than before. Ragland should shine in Alabama's front seven this season.
Source: WHNT
Aug 29 - 9:45 AM

Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that playing two quarterbacks in the team's season-opening game against Wisconsin is a possibility.

"I'm not saying we're going to do this or that we even want to do this, but we may play more than one guy in the first game," said Saban, who has probably become increasingly tired of these questions. Jacob Coker, Cooper Bateman and Alec Morris have all been taking heavy reps this week. Saban summed up his philosophy thusly: "I think you can name a guy. But if we named a guy and then that guy wasn't the best performer and then we had to unname him, what good does that do?" For reference's sake, Blake Sims wasn't named the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback until the day of last season's opener.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 9:31 PM

Following Thursday's practice, Alabama HC Nick Saban did not list redshirt freshman David Cornwell among the quarterbacks receiving the majority of reps in camp.

Saban allowed that Jake Coker, Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman were seeing most of the work in practice. He elaborated on Cornwell's progress, saying that the 6-foot-5, 221-pound redshirt freshman "struggled early on in camp and he's certainly getting better all the time and we have a lot of confidence that he'll be a good player in the future." We'll forgive Saban's run-on sentence and take away from this the words "in the future." This comes as something of a surprise, as AL.com reported just 10 days ago that Cornwell seemed to have an edge on the competition.
Source: al.com
Aug 27 - 8:34 PM

Alabama senior G Dominick Jackson (shoulder) practiced without issue on Wednesday.

Jackson suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday's scrimmage, but he reportedly looked fine in practice on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was a standout against JUCO competition, but after transferring to the Crimson Tide, saw most of his play in a reserve role in 2014. Earlier this month, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that the senior "has the talent to be an NFL-caliber lineman." He'll need to show he can consistently hold his own against the athletic freaks that pepper most SEC defenses, but the potential is there.
Source: al.com
Aug 26 - 6:55 PM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffen called junior TE O.J. Howard "a very special player."

Howard's numbers last season (17 catches, 260 yards, no touchdowns) don't impress, but Kiffen explained that "it’s not Little League, where everyone gets the same amount of touches." He specifically cited the need to feed the ball to star wideout Amari Cooper last season. With Cooper gone, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard should see more opportunities to utilize his freakish combo of speed and strength. He runs a 4.59 forty and can bench 405 pounds.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 5:51 PM

Alabama freshman WR Calvin Ridley has already created plenty of buzz during preseason camp.

As ESPN's Travis Haney puts it, Nick Saban has tried to "tap the brakes" on the hype, while OC Lane Kiffin can't control himself. We all know Alabama has to spread around the targets that went to Amari Cooper last season. Many expect ArDarius Stewart and tight end O.J. Howard to be the beneficiaries, but watch for Ridley as an impact freshman.
Source: ESPN
Aug 26 - 10:12 AM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly's "versatility will win over NFL scouts over the course of the year," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Kelly had big shoes to fill when he took over for Rimington Trophy winner Barrett Jones in 2013, but he's handled the pressure quite well," Reuter wrote. "He can anchor against strong tackles on the line but also reach second-level defenders to neutralize them. Kelly's really impressive when getting his body around to seal an inside lane." The 6-foot-5, 296-pound Kelly was an honorable mention All-SEC pick and the team's Offensive Player of the Week twice last year.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 24 - 8:36 PM

National Football Post's Eric Saltzman believes Alabama junior TE O.J. Howard "has been greatly under-utilized at Alabama" and is thus "raw as far as a receiver."

"Howard looks like he has the making of a star tight end," Saltzman wrote. "However, on the rare occasion he gets the ball, it is obvious that he could dominate the NFL. Like many tight ends who are more receiver than blocker, Howard really hasn’t shown a strong ability as a blocker." The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Howard runs a 4.59 second forty, benches 405 pounds and squats 500 pounds, but he's caught only 31 passes in two seasons.
Aug 24 - 7:19 PM

Per National Football Post's Eric Saltzman, if an NFL team wants of its middle linebacker a downhill throwback who "can come down to the line of scrimmage and plug up run holes," they will be attracted to Alabama senior ILB Reggie Ragland.

"The Crimson Tide linebacker isn’t as small and light as others at his position-which can make him a bit of a liability in space," he wrote. "However, he is great in tight quarters, using his strength to engage bigger blockers and then disengage to make tackles for loss. Ragland also scores points for versatility, lining up on the defensive line at times and being a frequent contributor on special teams." The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Ragland produced 95 tackles and 10.5 TFL last year.
Aug 23 - 5:49 PM

Alabama junior RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) practiced fully on Thursday.

According to those watching, Drake looked no worse for the wear in practice. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder injured the hamstring last week and missed three practices, but it appears that the injury is nothing major. He's looking to build on a sophomore campaign that saw him accumulate 829 total yards with eight touchdowns. In the spring, NFL.com's Bryant Fischer wrote that Drake has the potential to be an "electric player." He just needs to stay healthy.
Source: al.com
Aug 20 - 6:26 PM

Alabama sophomore LT Cam Robinson was wearing a white "contact" jersey in Thursday's practice.

Robinson sported a non-contact jersey in Wednesday's practice, as he's dealing with a strained shoulder, but the injury was minor enough that he was able to practice normally on Thursday. Last season, the 6-foot-6, 323-pounder allowed just 1.5 sacks. He's a rising star to watch heading into the start of the 2015 campaign. Earlier this summer, Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranked Robinson as the eighth best lineman in the game despite the fact that he's just entering his sophomore season.
Source: al.com
Aug 20 - 6:12 PM


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