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Alabama five-star 2017 verbal RB commit Najee Harris retained pole position in Rivals' final rankings release of the current cycle.

A running back had not graced the top of Rivals' final rankings since 2009, when Bryce Brown finished with the honor. Outlet recruiting director Mike Farrell relays that uncommitted five-star DT Marvin Wilson and FSU five-star RB Cam Akers were the two recruits pressing Harris hardest for that coveted No. 1 slot. "Harris...has a rare combination of size, speed and elusiveness and is the best running back I’ve scouted since Peterson," Farrell wrote. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has all the potential in the world (obviously), but given Alabama's stacked rotation at the position (Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, Joshua Jacobs, B.J. Emmons), he shouldn't be expected to automatically ascend to the top of the depth chart in 2017.
Source: Rivals
Jan 16 - 8:04 PM

Alabama has promoted offensive analyst Mike Locksley to a full-time offensive assistant.

Just what Locksley's role with the Tide will be next season isn't quite clear at this juncture. The university did not provide further detail as to his exact responsibilities. This past season, he worked with fellow offensive analyst Steve Sarkisian, before Sark took over as offensive coordinator for Lane Kiffin prior to the National Championship Game. Before he joined Alabama for the 2016 season, the 47-year-old Locksley previously served as Maryland's offensive coordinator from 2012-2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 5:54 PM

Alabama hired Arizona AD Greg Byrne to serve in the same capacity.

Byrne will replace current athletic director Bill Battle on March 1. Battle will remain with the university, announcing on Sunday that he will be serving as special assistant to the president. Prior to this move to the SEC, Byrne had held the athletic director-ship at Arizona since 2010. He has also previously worked as Mississippi State's athletic director.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 4:06 PM

Alabama TE O.J. Howard accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

In so doing, he becomes arguably the best prospect to participate in this year's event. Howard joins teammates Ryan Anderson, Dalvin Tomlinson and Cole Mazza in Mobile. A potential first-rounder, Howard had 45 receptions for 595 yards and three touchdowns this past season. An AFC area scout comped him to Jimmy Graham earlier this month.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 16 - 1:43 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Alabama offensive analyst Mike Locksley will stay at the school.

Locksley was rumored to be close to accepting an assistant coaching job at Florida. Instead, he'll stay in Tuscaloosa and get an on-field job, per McMurphy. Locksley was the head coach at New Mexico from 2009-11.
Jan 13 - 2:32 PM

Alabama redshirt junior WR ArDarius Stewart declared for the NFL Draft.

Stewart, a two-year starter, told the media that he received a second-round grade from the NFL College Advisory Committee. That may be a little rich, but keep in mind that this is a thin receiving crop that drops off quickly after the top prospects. This past season, functioning as Alabama's designated deep threat, Stewart led the Tide with 864 yards receiving and eight touchdowns on 54 receptions. A versatile athlete with good wheels, Stewart also had eight rushes for 68 yards and eight kick returns for 161 yards. In addition, his blocking has also been lauded. Stewart was suspended for the Chattanooga game for a violation of team rules. Cam Sims or Trevon Diggs could replace Stewart across from Calvin Ridley.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 13 - 2:14 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore CB Marlon Humphrey declared for the NFL Draft.

The son of former Tide star RB Bobby Humphrey, Marlon Humphrey started every game in his two-year Alabama career. He was outstanding from the start, earning a Freshman All-American nod in 2015. The speedy Humphrey (6-foot-1, 198 pounds) was a member of the Alabama track team as a freshman who ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash in high school. An AFC personnel director told NFL Media in November that he ranked Humphrey as the top cornerback prospect in college football. CBS lists Humphrey as the No. 20 overall prospect in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 13 - 1:55 PM

Alabama junior T Cam Robinson declared for the NFL Draft.

Robinson started for the Tide from the day he stepped on campus as a true freshman in 2014. The 6-foot-6, 323-pounder won the Outland Trophy (nation's best interior linemen) and the Jacobs Trophy (SEC's top blocker) this past season. His reputation exceeds his play at this point -- Pro Football Focus was a little down on his work in 2016 -- but the talent is very real. Robinson revealed Friday that he received a first-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. A top-10 possibility, Robinson's talent level, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, is equal to or greater than that of Miami Dolphins first-round T Laremy Tunsil. Like Tunsil, Robinson has some character concerns. He was arrested in May on marijuana and weapon charges. The case was later dismissed.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 13 - 1:39 PM

Alabama redshirt junior RB Derrick Gore will transfer.

Buried deep down the most stacked running back depth chart you'll ever see at the collegiate level, Gore had 18 rushes for 93 yards and a touchdown this season to average 5.2 yards per carry. None of the five rushers who had more yards than him are graduating or expected to leave, and the Tide recently landed No. 1 overall recruit RB Najee Harris.
Source: AL.com
Jan 12 - 1:42 PM

Alabama beat writer Matt Zenitz reports redshirt junior WR ArDarius Stewart will likely enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Stewart posted 54 catches for 864 yards and eight touchdowns while specializing in speed and big play ability. He was a focal point of the Alabama offense over the last few years, forcing defenses to stay honest laterally with motion and jet sweeps, while also having the skills to hit them vertically.
Source: AL.com
Jan 12 - 9:55 AM

Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian indicated that he does not believe the transition from former OC Lane Kiffin negatively impacted Alabama in Monday's National Championship Game.

"I thought the players responded really well, and I thought the staff responded really well," Sarkisian said. "We practiced well. The preparation was good. Our guys played really hard. We just missed some really good opportunities that we thought we had." Alabama's offense looked dead on arrival at times on Monday, going three-and-out seven times. This offensive stagnation -- Sark's fault or not -- allowed Clemson to hang in after the Tide jumped to a 14-0 advantage in the first half. We actually side with Sarkisian for the most part, here, as play-calling seemed a secondary issue to the simple fact that freshman QB Jalen Hurts was playing like a still-very-raw passer against a stout Clemson defense. Hurts completed just 13-of-31 passes for 131 yards in the title defeat.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 10 - 2:28 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban confirmed that redshirt sophomore RB Bo Scarbrough suffered a broken bone in his lower right leg during Monday's National Championship Game loss to Clemson.

Scarbrough broke his leg while getting tackled on a run late in the third quarter of Monday's classic title bout. In a release from Alabama, HC Nick Saban said, "The injury is non-surgical and we anticipate he will make a full recovery." The 6-foot-2, 228-pound Scarbrough has already announced that he will be back with the Tide next season. He could have jumped for the draft if he had so wished. Scarbrough rushed for 812 yards (6.5 YPC) and 11 touchdowns in 13 games during the past campaign. Expect further updates on his recovery as the offseason unfolds, but barring a setback, it looks like he should be able to heal up naturally without issue.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 10 - 1:34 PM

Las Vegas sports books have installed the Alabama Crimson Tide as early favorites to win next season's title.

Did you expect any different? The Westgate SuperBook installed Alabama as a 3-1 shot to win next season's college football championship game. Following the Tide, in order, are Florida State at 7-1, and Oklahoma, Ohio State and USC, all of whom are 8-1. Clemson is 18-1 to win next season's title, while Michigan and LSU are each 12-1. The Tide must replace five senior defensive starters -- including top-five pick DL Jonathan Allen -- along with TE O.J. Howard and the usual host of early-entrants into the NFL Draft. Fortunately, QB Jalen Hurts and RB Bo Scarbrough are back, along with a roster full of former four- and five-star recruits.
Source: ESPN
Jan 10 - 12:20 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore RB Bo Scarbrough broke a bone in the lower part of his right leg against Clemson, according to Chris Low of ESPN.

No further details are available at this time, but after touching the ball 18 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns, Scarbrough was sidelined for the rest of the contest. It is no surprise that Alabama's rushing offense tapered off after that. Scarbrough is draft eligible, but he previously said he would return to Alabama for the 2017 season. He has dealt with a number of injuries throughout his career.
Jan 10 - 11:10 AM

Alabama sophomore WR Calvin Ridley caught five passes for 36 yards in Monday's 35-31 loss to Clemson in the National Championship Game.

Jalen Hurts targeted Ridley on repeat early on, with the overall results simply not adding up as the game went along. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound sophomore is as talented as they come, but his 2016 season as a whole failed to live up to high expectation. After logging an 89-1045-7 receiving line in 15 games as a freshman last season, Ridley wraps up the current campaign having caught 71 passes for 776 yards and seven touchdowns over the course of 15 contests completed.
Jan 10 - 1:26 AM


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