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Alabama is expected to hire Mississippi State RB coach Charles Huff for the same position

Huff may end up as Alabama's co-offensive coordinator as well, but nothing is official. At Mississippi State, Huff led an offense that had five players who averaged over 5.0 yards per carry. Before accomplishing that, Huff was an important part of Saquon Barkley's development and success at Penn State, so it's a quality hire for Nick Saban. But that shouldn't surprise anyone.
Jan 20 - 4:38 PM

247Sports' Tim Watts reports that Alabama will hire Tennessee STC/S coach Charles Kelly to an unspecified role on staff.

Kelly was reportedly offered -- and turned down -- the role of defensive coordinator at Maryland earlier this month. Alabama, however, has been able to sway him over in full, it would appear. Just what role he plays on HC Nick Saban's staff remains to be seen, but it figures to come on the defensive side of the ball. Kelly notably served a stint as FSU's DC from 2014-17
Source: 247Sports
Jan 19 - 1:33 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline tweets that Alabama T Jonah Williams is getting second-round grades by scouts.

Pauline has been pumping the brakes on top-10 talk for Williams (6'5/301) after speaking with numerous NFL scouts, and he's taken it a step further after speaking with scouts at Shrine practices. The reason why his stock is falling is due to debates whether he can play tackle or if he'll need to kick inside. Playing tackle has always been more valuable, and the NFL is reportedly 50/50 on if he can remain playing outside.
Jan 18 - 6:42 PM

In his first mock draft for the spring, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah pegged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select Alabama RB Joshua Jacobs with the No. 5 pick.

While most mock drafts to this point have played it relatively safe, Jeremiah lets loose with his Mock 1.0. Jacobs at No. 5 is just the start of the fun. He also tabs Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson to the Lions with the No. 8 pick. And while we're on Iowa, Hockenson's partner-in-crime Noah Fant likewise goes off the board in DJ's Round 1, though not until much later, as he slots him in with the Packers at the very end of the first round. The cherry on top of the sundae comes at pick No. 29, where Jeremiah marries Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the New England Patriots. Jacobs is the name which really sticks out, here. The Alabama back has gained plenty of momentum as a draft prospect over the last month or so, but this is the first time we've seen him tossed out there as a potential top-10 pick (if only in mock form).
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 1:44 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Alabama will hire Florida LB coach Sal Sunseri to a defensive role on the coaching staff.

Sunseri's exact role figures to be announced once this hiring becomes official. He spent the past season at Florida after working for the previous two campaigns on staff with the Oakland Raiders. This will be his second stint with Alabama, as he earlier served as linebackers coach with the Tide from 2009-11. Of note, Sunseri's son, Vinnie, was brought on as a graduate assistant in Tuscaloosa earlier this month.
Source: AL.com
Jan 18 - 1:11 PM

ESPN Radio's Ian Fitzsimmons reports that Alabama will hire former Rutgers HC Kyle Flood to serve as offensive line coach.

Flood flamed out at Rutgers in spectacular style in 2015. That season saw seven players arrested and Flood, himself, hit with a three-game suspension for his interfering role in an academic case. He was clocked with a show-cause penalty for that academic scandal, a show-cause penalty which expired last September -- hence why Alabama is now able to swoop in. We have seen Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban act as a sort of Ellis Island for exiled coaches on multiple occasions during the recent past, with the likes of Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and Butch Jones all receiving shots at redemption under his watchful eye.
Jan 18 - 12:45 PM

Alabama four-star 2019 verbal DE commit Khris Bogle expressed confusion on Twitter following Tide DC Tosh Lupoi's Tuesday exit for the Cleveland Browns.

On social media, Bogle wrote, "Please don't DM me asking what's next," followed by a shrugging emoji and "idk." Alabama still holds his pledge for the time being, but the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder was very much up in the air at the time he initially committed to the Crimson Tide while at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month. Should Lupoi's departure tip the scales toward a decommitment, Tennessee, Miami and Florida would all be in play to land Bogle on the rebound. The 247Sports composite board sees the Fort Lauderdale defensive end as the No. 73 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Jan 17 - 2:43 PM

Matt Zenitz of AL.com reports that former Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri is expected to join the Crimson Tide staff as a graduate assistant.

Sunseri was a productive player for the Crimson Tide -- when healthy -- and was a fifth-round pick by the Saints in 2014. He played two years in the NFL, and now will look to start a coaching career at his alma mater.
Source: AL.com
Jan 16 - 9:20 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that coach Butch Jones will remain with the Crimson Tide for the 2019 season.

It was reported in December that Jones was going to join the Maryland staff as a TE coach, but those reports were obviously premature. That or he changed his mind. We'll let you decide which is more likely. Jones served as an offensive analyst for Alabama in 2018, and it's possible that will be his role again in 2019. It's also possible he moves to an on-field role, as Alabama has several openings on the staff.
Jan 16 - 8:24 PM

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports that Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi is leaving the Crimson Tide to coach the defensive line for the Cleveland Browns.

A report earlier Wednesday stated that Lupoi was interviewing with Cleveland. The interview must have gone well, as he's now leaving the Crimson Tide to join the NFL club. It's yet another loss for the Alabama coaching staff, and it's a big one; Lupoi is widely considered among the best recruiters in the country. Don't be surprised if Saban fills this role with a big name, although you can never count out an internal promotion.
Jan 16 - 7:22 PM

Matt Zenitz of AL.com reports that Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi has interviewed with the Cleveland Browns.

This could be a big loss for the Crimson Tide. Lupoi has long been considered one of the elite recruiters in college football, and while Nick Saban gets the (deserved) credit for the Alabama defense, Lupoi has a rep of being a strong defensive line coach as well. He's currently making $1.1 million a year in a new contract, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he would get with the Browns, and of course, who Saban would replace him with.
Source: AL.com
Jan 16 - 6:44 PM

Football Scoop reports that Maryland has offered Tennessee ST coordinator Charles Kelly the open defensive coordinator position.

Kelly served as defensive coordinator for Florida State from 2014-2017, but after he was not retained by Willie Taggart/didn't follow Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M, he spent the 2018 season with the Vols. He also served as an assistant at Georgia Tech for seven years.
Jan 16 - 6:23 PM

Alabama junior DE LaBryan Ray was arrested for public intoxication this past Friday.

Ray (6'5/294) was arrested after he refused to leave a Tuscaloosa establishment. When authorities arrived, they determined that he was intoxicated. This past season, the defensive end appeared in all 15 of Alabama's games while registering 39 tackles (6.0 for loss) and 2.5 sacks along the way. It remains to be seen what kind of punishment will be coming down the pike as a result of Ray's arrest. He will be competing for a starting role during the upcoming campaign assuming that he doesn't get pushed too far back into HC Nick Saban's doghouse.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 16 - 5:25 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that he has spoken with "at least a dozen" sources in the evaluating community who do not view Alabama T Jonah Williams as a top-10 pick.

Pauline, himself, has voiced consistent skepticism over Williams' worth as a potential top-10 selection and wanted to canvass about to see if he was on an island. At least from those he spoke with, that would not appear to be the case. Explained the analyst, "The earliest grade I’ve received on him is the mid-first round, while some project him as a second-round selection." Pauline also passes along that the consensus view among those he has spoken with is that Williams' best fit at the NFL level will come at guard, rather than tackle, writing that the 6-foot-5, 301-pounder is "superb fundamentally but lacks the athleticism, agility and footwork to stay at left tackle on Sundays." These notes -- especially when it comes to Williams' future position -- will be worth keeping in mind as the predraft process deepens.
Jan 15 - 5:38 PM

Matt Zenitz of AL.com reports that former Rutgers HC Kyle Flood is a candidate for the OL coaching job at Alabama.

Interesting. Flood was fired from Rutgers after a less-than-spectacular run with the school that also caused him to have a show-cause penalty through 2018. It's now 2019, and Flood is currently an assistant offensive line coach with the Falcons. It could be another reclamation project for Nick Saban, one who has had some success as a position coach at both levels.
Source: Al.com
Jan 15 - 11:34 AM


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