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Alabama freshman LB Lyndell Wilson will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in one of his knees.

It is the second major medical procedure Wilson has undergone this offseason, following labrum surgery in the spring. 247Sports ranked Wilson as the No. 15 overall prospect in this past recruiting cycle and Rivals had him as the No. 26 player in the country. Wilson may be headed for a redshirt.
Jun 29 - 4:38 PM

Scout.com's Brandon Huffman sees Alabama five-star 2017 RB Najee Harris as the 2017 prospect most likely to win a future Heisman.

"[Harris is] a better prospect coming out of high school than both Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry and Alabama’s recruiting is still stronger than anyone’s," Huffman wrote, "so he’ll be playing behind some stout offensive lines with stars at the skill positions." The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has "rare physical skills at the position," according to ESPN 300's scouting breakdown. During the spring camp circuit, he has shown a remarkable ability as a receiver out of the backfield, too, with Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noting that he "caught the ball like a wide receiver" during the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge. Scout.com ranks Harris as their No. 1 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 28 - 3:55 PM

Alabama four-star 2017 QB Tua Tagovailoa indicated that he did not feel threatened by the commitment of four-star 2017 QB Mac Jones.

"[Jones is] a great guy and has a great family. They’re awesome people. I support his decision 100 percent," Tagovailoa said. "Other people could be very negative about it. This is just all what Alabama does with the recruiting process." A former Kentucky commit, Jones flipped over to the Crimson Tide in early June. He noted that Tagovailoa's own, earlier commitment did not factor into his decision, as he does not view it as an issue. "With Tua, we have a good relationship. We have different personalities with us being from very different places, but I think we’re going to be great together," Jones said. Both young men might have to wait out the reign of redshirt freshman QB Blake Barnett, though, assuming the former five-star recruit takes the necessary steps to win the starting job at some point in the coming months.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 28 - 2:39 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said that "the biggest question on [Alabama redshirt junior QB] Cooper Bateman, above everything else, is does the Alabama coaching staff have a belief that he can hit passes beyond 20 yards?"

Speaking on Jox Radio's The Roundtable, Savage said, "The short to intermediate stuff he seems to be pretty good at. Anything beyond 25 yards though, the ball seems to come apart on him for whatever reason." The former Browns GM indicated that he hasn't worked with Bateman enough to be able to pinpoint the technical issue. While HC Nick Saban gave the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder a tiny edge in the competition with David Cornwell, Jalen Hurts and Blake Barnett out of the spring, any legitimate issues with throwing the deep ball could prove a hurdle to winning the starting job, particularly given that Alabama will field a loaded receiving corps entering the 2016 season.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 28 - 1:56 PM

Alabama freshman ILB Mack Wilson tweeted that he will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

On Monday, Wilson tweeted, "Torn meniscus. Pray I have a speedy recovery." He later deleted that tweet, writing more generally, "I’ll be back don’t sleep on me #SpeedyRecovery." It is not yet clear when Wilson might be ready to return to football activities. Not the best of starts for the 6-foot-2, 236-pounder's collegiate career. He also underwent shoulder surgery in May to repair a torn labrum that had been sustained as a sophomore in high school. He ranked as the No. 34 overall prospect on the ESPN 300 for the 2016 cycle.
Jun 28 - 12:54 PM

Former Alabama QB Walter Lewis compared sophomore QB Blake Barnett to Joe Namath.

Lewis -- who served as Bama's QB from 1980-1983 -- made his comparison in a radio interview with Tuscaloosa's Tide 99.1 FM. Barnett was a five-star recruit out of high school and has received a ton of buzz this spring. HC Nick Saban is not one to play recklessly into hype, though, and the Alabama quarterback competition remains an open one. Cooper Bateman, David Cornewell and Jalen Hurts are also in the conversation to start, with Bateman a strong candidate given that he holds a decided advantage in terms of experience as a redshirt junior. And indeed, Saban indicated earlier this offseason that if the season started today, Bateman would be the likely starter for their star-studded showdown with USC.
Jun 24 - 2:08 PM

Miami, Georgia, Maryland and USC are the "early favorites" for Alabama graduate CB Maurice Smith.

Alabama beat writer Matt Zenitz reports Miami head coach Mark Richt has been in contact with Smith on a daily basis. Smith was on the field for 20 percent of Alabama's defensive snaps last season, a drop from 38 percent in 2014. He mainly manned the slot in that time. Georgia and Marlyand have relationships with Smith due to former coaches and staffers on the team.
Source: AL.com
Jun 24 - 10:48 AM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote that Alabama five-star 2017 RB Najee Harris "caught the ball like a wide receiver [at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge]."

Farrell observed that Harris had "very few drops" and that on several occasions, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder "bailed out his quarterbacks a few times by snatching the ball away from defenders." Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney shares the same view as his colleague, writing after the mid-June event in Atlanta that Harris has "awesome hands," plus the speed and physicality to run away from linebackers and through corners. Gorney has previously compared Harris to a mix between Todd Gurley and Derrick Henry, which speaks for itself well enough. He currently sits in Alabama's corner, but will be keeping his recruitment open heading into his senior season at Antioch High.
Source: Rivals
Jun 23 - 3:45 PM

Transferring Alabama graduate CB Maurice Smith told SB Nation's Blain Bradley that he is strongly considering Miami.

"According to our conversation," Bradley wrote, "Smith loved the outlook of Coach Richt, and already has a relationship with [DC Manny Diaz], from his days at Texas." Smith received his release from Alabama earlier in the week. The 6-foot, 186-pounder served as a first-team nickle back during the Tide's spring game. During his time under HC Nick Saban, Smith made two starts, but mostly served on special teams. He recorded 15 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 2015.
Jun 23 - 12:28 PM

The SEC hired Ben Oldham to serve as coordinator of football replay.

Oldham will report to coordinator of football officials Steve Shaw. While he has not served as an on-field official since 2000's Sugar Bowl showdown between Florida State and Virginia Tech, he has remained active behind the scenes as a replay official. In a statement, Shaw said, "Ben Oldham brings four decades worth of officiating experience in [both on-field and replay booth work] and I am excited to have him serve in this role as we embark on a new era of instant replay in the SEC."
Jun 22 - 3:04 PM

The punishment Alabama administered to junior T Cam Robinson has been revealed.

Robinson and junior cornerback teammate Laurence Jones must: undergo weekly urine tests, have regular drug counseling, participate in monthly video appointments with a mental health consultant and have met with a Tuscaloosa police officer for gun safety/ownership education twice a week. Community service is also included. Louisiana district attorney Jerry Jones declined to prosecute the pair of players. The documents also say both players were indefinitely suspended by head coach Nick Saban on May 17, but as of now there is no indication if either will miss game action.
Source: AL.com
Jun 22 - 10:11 AM

Alabama AD Bill Battle will undergo a stem cell transplant to treat his cancer.

Battle was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014. In a statement released on Tuesday, he said, "I am very comfortable with the diagnosis and treatment plan. I am looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing my active lifestyle, as well as continuing to lead our Athletics Department." Dr. Sagar Lonial, from Emory University Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Treatment Center, said that Battle's cancer is in "a good partial remission" Per the school press release, this is not considered a life-threatening ailment. Battle will be stepping away from the office for several weeks as he undergoes his treatment.
Source: AL.com
Jun 21 - 3:50 PM

The attorney for Alabama junior T Cam Robinson and junior CB Laurence Jones, Joe D. Guerriero, called the notion that the pair received preferential legal treatment "a bunch of hooey."

Louisiana district attorney Jerry Jones (not that one) has opted not to prosecute Robinson and Jones -- particularly important for Robinson given that he was facing a felony charge for possession of a stolen firearm -- saying "I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning." Calls of preferential treatment proceeded to ring through the rafters, but Guerriero lashed out at those in no uncertain terms. In speaking with NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, he referred to the whole case as "a waste of the court's time" and called the decision not to prosecute "justice."
Jun 21 - 3:06 PM

The Alabama assistant coaching staff received raises on Tuesday.

As previously reported, OC Lane Kiffin is not among those receiving raises, as he continues to draw that sweet severance money from USC. As for the rest, co-DC Tosh Lupoi (raise of $125,000) and RB coach Burton Burns (raise of $130,000) drew the biggest reworked contracts. Details as to new DC Jeremy Pruitt's contract were also released. Pruitt will draw $1 million per year on a three-year deal.
Source: AL.com
Jun 21 - 2:49 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban told FOX Sports "how much he liked how athletic, explosive and bright" Alabama true freshman T Jonah Williams is.

Saban, though, said the young Californian needs to get bigger and stronger. Cam Robinson will not be prosecuted, but it's still possible that he'll be suspended for the opener against USC. If he is, Williams may get the nod at left tackle in a big spot. Until he hears word on that, Williams' focus will be on winning the right tackle job. FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman says Williams is "getting a long look at the right tackle spot."
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 20 - 6:22 PM


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