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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

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 LB Quay Walker.

Walker opted for the Crimson Tide over Auburn, LSU, Florida and South Carolina. Scout.com calls the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder "a new-age linebacker who can be used as a pass rusher out of the two-point stance or run with the running backs and tight ends in coverage." He remains somewhat unrefined in his technique and could stand to add additional functional weight. Scout ranks him as the No. 130 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: AL.com
Jun 8 - 8:27 PM

Alabama senior CB Tony Brown finished 11th in the NCAA 100 meter dash with a time of 10.12 seconds.

At six feet tall and 196-pounds, Brown is certainly one of the bigger athletes in the field. Brown sat out the first four games of the season top open the 2016 year, then went on to play 396 snaps for the Crimson Tide defense.
Source: NCAA
Jun 8 - 11:27 AM

Alabama redshirt junior DT O.J. Smith will transfer.

Smith was a 2014 Under Armour All-American who was a three-star member of Alabama’s 2014 recruiting class. Buried on the depth chart, he played in a combined two games over the past two years.
Jun 7 - 1:36 PM

NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks compares Alabama junior WR Calvin Ridley to former NFL great Reggie Wayne "based on his size and playing style."

"Ridley's smooth route-running skills and spectacular ball skills make him tough to defend on the perimeter, particularly when he has free access at the line," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Ridley has already posted 161 catches for 1,814 yards and 14 touchdowns in 30 career games across two years on campus. He's drawn comps to former Tide great Amari Cooper. "They are very similar because neither guy is a one-trick pony," a former Alabama coach said. "They are smooth route runners with speed and quickness, and they have unique stop-start ability that's better than anyone I've ever been around. ... I think Amari is better at the line of scrimmage and catches the ball cleaner, but both guys were pretty polished coming in."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 5 - 2:45 PM


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