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Alabama sophomore WR Calvin Ridley "could use more muscle on his frame to help with securing more contested catches, but that will likely come," believes NFL.com's Lance Zierlein.

"With blazing speed that will have safeties in an early backpedal, Ridley has the ability to take the top off of a defense or shake cornerbacks underneath to create separation," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound sophomore reportedly boasts a 40-yard dash of 4.35 seconds. ESPN college football analyst Tom Luginbill said earlier this offseason that Ridley is "a faster Amari Cooper."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 27 - 6:06 PM

Former Alabama DL coach Bo Davis will serve as a training camp intern with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Davis resigned from Alabama at the end of April. The NCAA was investigating him for potential impermissible contact with recruits after he allegedly visited several out-of-state prospects during a non-contact period. Davis served as Alabama's DL coach during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. With the Jaguars this August, he will work with the special teams unit.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 3:50 PM

Alabama freshman LB Christian Bell will transfer.

Bell took to Twitter to announce his transfer plans, writing that "after a lot of thought and prayers," he has decided to leave the defending champs. AL.com's Matt Zenitz notes that the 6-foot-4, 246-pounder was already buried on the depth chart and that playing time might have been hard to come by in 2016. Including Bell, four players have transferred out this offseason.
Source: AL.com
Jul 26 - 2:19 PM

Multiple SEC coaches expressed the opinion that the SEC would have a perpetual spot in the CFB Playoff.

ESPN's Heather Dinich asked Tennessee HC Butch Jones if he could see a scenario in which the SEC champion would be left out in the Playoff cold. His response? "I don't. The SEC will always be in the conversation." Meanwhile, South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said that the consistent strength of the conference and the resultant gauntlet schedules are a "huge advantage," while Auburn HC Gus Malzahn added that we should expect the SEC to make the Playoff "every year."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 3:06 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from 2017 JUCO CB Jhavonte Dean.

Tip of the cap to SEC Country's Chris Kirschner for this news. At least somewhat surprisingly, Dean is Alabama's first corner commitment in the 2017 class. They are also nipping at the heels of stud Ohio State corner commit Shaun Wade, but if they are to flip Wade, that likely won't come for a while. For his part, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Dean ranks as 247Sports' No. 1 overall JUCO corner prospect in the 2017 class. He is a speedster and has run the 40-yard dash in the low-to-mid 4.30's during athletic testing this offseason.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 23 - 6:19 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert noted that Alabama verbal 2017 DT commit Akial Byers has a similar developmental ceiling to senior DL Jonathan Allen.

"With the athleticism he possesses and the versatility he could bring to Alabama’s front, we could see Byers developing into a player similar to current talented Crimson Tide defender Jonathan Allen," Haubert wrote. Lofty lofty lofty. Haubert believes the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder -- No. 66 overall on the ESPN 300 -- to be a legitimate sleeper recruit. "Byers is a prospect who hasn’t garnered as much attention as some other top-100 prospects," Haubert noted, "but his film shows a very promising player."
Jul 23 - 5:50 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DT Akial Byers.

ESPN's Craig Haubert deems Byers to be "a rare sleeper in this day and age of recruiting." The analyst notes that the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder "displays the tools to create problems as an interior pass rusher not just because of his get-off, but [because he also] demonstrates good hips and flexibility to be able to attack." Byers ranks as the No. 66 overall prospect on the ESPN 300. He stands as their 10th commitment from that master list, joining the likes of RB Najee Harris, T Alex Leatherwood and QB Tua Tagovailoa.
Jul 23 - 3:10 PM

Alabama AD Bill Battle has completed a round of treatment for multiple myeloma.

Battle stepped away from his post in mid-June in order to pursue a stem cell transplant. He underwent that procedure on June 27 and was released from the hospital on July 8. According to the university, Battle hopes to return to work on a limited basis in the near future. He was initially diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014.
Source: AL.com
Jul 22 - 1:17 PM

Alabama senior S Eddie Jackson said that redshirt junior QB Cooper Bateman is "most definitely" the vocal leader among the quartet of Tide gunslingers competing to start in 2016.

Jackson spoke to Bateman's leadership qualities, while HC Nick Saban noted that the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder "has the best understanding of the offense" and "the most experience." He elaborated, saying, "And I think that shows, at times. He's improved his ability and consistency as a passer, which has been the most important thing we tried to work with him to help him develop." Saban wouldn't show his entire hand, but all signs since spring have pointed to Bateman having at least a slight edge over David Cornwell, Jalen Hurts and Blake Barnett as we near August camp. Phil Savage questioned Bateman's ability to throw an accurate deep ball last month, perhaps what Saban was hinting at when he talked of the quarterback working to improve his consistency.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 3:17 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban expressed concern over the recent arrests of Crimson Tide players.

"I don't like the fact in all honesty that we have off-field issues," Saban said. "That sends a signal to me that something's not right here." This offseason has seen the arrests of T Cameron Robinson, CB Hootie Jones and G Alphonse Taylor. Of that lot, Taylor is the most recent to run afoul with the law. He was indefinitely suspended following Sunday's arrest on suspicion of DUI. Robinson and Jones are past their legal troubles, now, as the Louisiana DA declined to prosecute them following their May arrest on charges of marijuana possession and (in Robinson's case) felony possession of a stolen weapon. Saban chose not to issue game suspensions for either player, a decision which caused the SEC Network's Paul Finebaum to launch into an on-air rebuke of the legendary coach during his visit to the network set.
Jul 19 - 3:32 PM

Alabama redshirt senior G Alphonse Taylor has been indefinitely suspended.

Taylor was arrested and charged with a DUI on Sunday. In a statement, HC Nick Saban said, "We are very disappointed any time a player makes a choice that leads to this kind of behavior. We are still in the process of gathering all of the details on the situation, but from a football standpoint, Alphonse Taylor has been indefinitely suspended from the team." The 6-foot-5, 340-pounder was a 15-game starter at right guard in 2015. He was named to the preseason All-SEC second team last week.
Jul 18 - 4:06 PM

Alabama redshirt senior G Alphonse Taylor was arrested and charged with a DUI on Sunday.

Tuscaloosa Police Department spokesman Teena Richardson said that Taylor left the scene of an accident prior to his arrest. No other details have emerged at this juncture. Last season, the 6-foot-5, 340-pounder started all 15 games at right guard for the defending champs. This spring was less kind to him, as he practiced mostly with the second-team offense. HC Nick Saban was not pleased with Taylor's conditioning, hence that slight demotion. Further details should emerge from this case in the coming hours and days. Saban took a wait-and-see approach to the arrests of Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones earlier this offseason (they will not be suspended) and he could take a similar approach to Taylor. Though given that the lineman was already in Saban's doghouse due to his weight issues, he might not receive quite the same leniency. Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 7:13 PM

USC HC Clay Helton called Alabama HC Nick Saban "maybe the best in our generation."

Not only did Helton call Saban "one of the greatest head coaches in the history of the game" (no argument from us), he also referred to Bama OC Lane Kiffin as "one of the most brilliant men [Helton] has ever been associated with" (a quick Googling can argue that one well enough). The reason this is even a discussion at Pac-12 Media Days is because USC and Alabama will square off in a mouthwatering season-opener down in Jerry's World on September 3. Said Helton, "I wish sometimes I could just have a box of popcorn and watch it."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 16 - 3:18 PM

Alabama senior S Eddie Jackson posted +8.9 Pro Football Focus coverage grade last year, best among returning safeties.

That's no surprise for a corner who was moved to safety prior to the season. The move stuck, and Pro Football Focus now sees Jackson as the No. 64 returning player in college football. "He has a chance to take another big step forward and his versatility and experience will be coveted in NFL circles," Steve Palazzolo wrote.
Jul 15 - 6:31 PM

The Monroe Police Department denied Alabama HC Nick Saban's insinuation that they arrested junior T Cameron Robinson and junior CB Laurence Jones due to an allegiance to LSU.

Saban and the SEC Network's Paul Finebaum went on a bender of a back-and-forth over Robinson on Wednesday, with Saban -- according to Finebaum -- claiming that the officers involved made the arrest because of their affinity to LSU. Monroe Police public information officer Chris Bates responded to this claim. "I can tell you for a fact that the first officer on the scene is not an LSU fan," Bates said. "He hates LSU. He doesn’t like the color yellow or purple and gold. In fact, he’s a Florida fan. If you mention LSU around him, he throws up in his mouth." In a more substantive backing of the officers involved, Bates insisted that "[o]ur officer was doing his job" and that "[w]e enforce the law based on the law." Neither Robinson nor Jones is expected to miss any game-action for their May arrest, as the district attorney has decided not to pursue the case. Saban, himself, has no plans to issue suspensions.
Jul 14 - 1:55 PM


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