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Alabama HC Nick Saban feels that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims is OK (shoulder) and will be ready to go this week versus Ole Miss.

"Saban: Blake Sims (shoulder) was able to throw the ball some. Was on pitch count. We feel like he's OK and will be ready to go this week," Burnett tweeted. The Crimson Tide prospect was dealing with a shoulder injury last week that was believed to be a bruised AC joint. Sims is putting together an impressive season so far, completing 72 percent of his passes, while throwing for close to 1100 yards with eight touchdowns.
Sep 29 - 2:46 PM

An AFC talent evaluator said Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is on the same level of prospect as former top-10 draft picks Sammie Watkins, Mike Evans, Justin Blackmon and A.J. Green.

"I think he's that level player," an AFC talent evaluator said. "He has some qualities of those guys you mentioned, but he's not the horse Julio [Jones] is; he just doesn't have that thoroughbred quality to him. But I like him. Smooth, long glider who can go up and pluck it." At 6-feet-1 and 210 pounds, Cooper compares physically to Watkins. "That's the closest comparison, at least among the recent guys," the evaluator said. "['Bama doesn't] use him quite as creatively as Clemson did with Sammy, but they can do some of the same things."
Sep 25 - 9:07 PM

NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is better than Sammy Watkins.

"I had Amari Cooper ahead of Sammy Watkins and Marquise Lee (last year). The way (Cooper) played last year, being a little bit nicked up, that probably raised eyebrows, having him over Sammy Watkins," Jeremiah said. "But what I've seen from him now, I do, I think he's a better football player just all-around, just polished in everything, as a route runner, I think he's a little bit ahead of Sammy." Buffalo's Watkins, of course, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Cooper is No. 1 in the NCAA in both receptions (43) and receiving yards (655). "He looks like a No. 1 receiver should look," Bucky Brooks said. "He can run all the intermediate routes, he can get vertical, he can catch and run, he's physical, he's a willing blocker. He's playing in a pro-style offense so it shouldn't really be a big transition for him to go to the National Football League."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 25 - 6:27 PM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins has "made a believer" of TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Entering the year I decided to take a wait and see approach towards Collins, stamping him with a late round grade," Pauline wrote. "Thus far in 2014 he’s made a believer of me. The junior was a part time starter last season but has shown great development this year after moving in with the first team on a fulltime basis. His athleticism and ability to make plays in coverage is impressive. During the blowout victory over Florida, Collins made an acrobatic interception in deep centerfield and a pair of terrific pass defenses on the sidelines. Sized well, he’s more than just the strong safety some have suggested he’ll be." The 6-foot, 215-pound Collins intercepted two passes in Saturday's win against Florida.
Sep 24 - 7:44 PM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins "remains a bit raw, but his agility, speed and explosiveness as a hitter already has the NFL buzzing," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Collins remains a bit raw, but his agility, speed and explosiveness as a hitter already has the NFL buzzing. The buzz is only growing louder after a spectacular performance against Florida," Rang wrote. After the Tide lost Vinnie Sunseri to a season-ending injury last season, the 6-foot-0, 215-pound Collins emerged as a starter and hasn't looked back since. If Collins continues to play well, he could hear his name called in the first round of the 2015 draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 24 - 3:42 PM

One AFC executive told NFL media Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper and Georgia RB Todd Gurley are the top two players in college football.

"There's really not much of a debate," the personnel executive said. We aren't sure if the exec is claiming these are the top two prospects or not, but both are obviously quality talents. We would place Gurley ahead of Cooper in terms of projected NFL impact.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 24 - 1:01 PM

A statistical change to Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims' rushing total from last Saturday's game versus Florida left him with the school record for most total yards in a game.

We'll kick it to AL.com for the explanation: "On his second-quarter fumble, Sims was inaccurately docked 33 rushing yards — the distance between the line of scrimmage (Florida’s 32-yard line) and where Florida ultimately finished with it (Alabama’s 35). Sims, though, should only have been docked 6 — the distance between the line of scrimmage and where it was recovered (Florida’s 38)." That change left Sims with 484 yards total, beating Scott Hunter's total of 457 yards in 1969. Sims had been tied with Hunter prior to the adjustment. Sims completed 23-of-33 passes for 445 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in the victory.
Source: AL.com
Sep 23 - 9:15 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims proved he can effectively throw the ball down the field in Saturday's win against Florida, wrote NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"The skeptics wondered if Sims was capable of pushing the ball down the field after watching the senior rely on a 'dink-and-dunk' approach during the first three weeks of the season," Brooks wrote. "The doubts should subside after watching Sims put up a 400-yard effort against Florida." Sims completed 23-of-33 passes for 445 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's win. "He attacked the Gators' secondary with a barrage of throws to Amari Cooper, including a 79-yard touchdown on a bomb down the middle of the field," Brooks wrote. "With Sims also taking deep shots to Kenyan Drake and others against the Gators, opponents must defend the entire field when taking on the Crimson Tide."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 22 - 7:37 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said redshirt senior QB Blake Sims (shoulder) will be limited in practice this week.

Saban said earlier in the day Monday that Sims' shoulder injury -- a bruised AC joint -- was similar to AJ McCarron's last year. "(McCarron) took a few days where he practiced but didn't throw much then started putting him on a pitch count and started bringing him back," Saban said. "But having a bye week is probably a good thing from that perspective." McCarron didn't miss a game, and Sims isn't expected to either. Perhaps he'll be a full participant in practices after the bye week.
Sep 22 - 6:09 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that redshirt senior QB Blake Sims' shoulder injury (bruised AC joint)was similar to the one that slowed AJ McCarron a year ago.

"(McCarron) took a few days where he practiced but didn't throw much then started putting him on a pitch count and started bringing him back," Saban told AL.com on Monday. "But having a bye week is probably a good thing from that perspective." AJ McCarrons' shoulder injury slowed him down, but he never actually ended up missing a game. Moving forward, we can probably expect the 6-foot-0, 208-pound Sims to be limited at times during the middle of the week. Sims left Saturday's game against Florida late during the third quarter after landing awkwardly on his right (throwing) shoulder. Sims did return at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Source: Al.com
Sep 22 - 2:51 PM

ESPN analyst Cris Carter believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is "the most advanced wide receiver that I have seen at a young age since Randy Moss," according to Bamaonline.com.

"I don't know what he's going to do in the pros, but since Ozzie Newsome, Alabama has the best wide receiver that they have had in the history of their school and his name is Amari Cooper," Carter said on the "Mike and Mike" radio show Monday, according to bamaonline.com. "He is a true junior from Miami and he is fabulous. His ability to run routes- I met Amari when he was in high school at a football clinic and he's probably the most advanced wide receiver that I have seen at a young age since Randy Moss. He as unbelievable speed, unbelievable demeanor, route running, the sky is the limit." The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cooper already has 43 catches for 655 yards and five touchdowns through four games (45 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013).
Sep 22 - 2:30 PM

Alabama freshman LT Cameron Robinson received a +6.1 grade from Pro Football Focus against Florida.

1.6 of that grade was attributed to pass protection, with 3.6 as a run blocker. We usually like to wait to crown prospects, but Robinson has all the makings of a future high NFL draft pick. He can move his man in the running game or work out in space when asked to.
Sep 22 - 11:06 AM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins received Pro Football Focus' highest grade, a +6.9, in the school's game against Alabama.

Steve Palazzolo of PFF points out Collins made plays when lining up close or far from the line of scrimmage. "He picked up two stops in the running game, but it was his play at free safety that really stood out." In fact, Collins picked up a +5.5 grade in coverage. Remember, these grades are an opinion and evaluation of play, but Collins' game really stood out.
Sep 22 - 10:10 AM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins "showed why he is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated defensive back throughout" Saturday's win against Florida, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Collins, the No. 6 player on my Big Board, was all over the field for the Tide, showing off his range and instincts in coverage and crashing the line of scrimmage against the run," Rang wrote. "Collins' terrific play extended onto special teams, where he provided excellent coverage on punts and supplied a key block to set up a big kickoff return by Christion Jones early in the third quarter." The 6-foot, 215-pound Collins intercepted two passes, "[showed] off his range and instincts in coverage and crashing the line of scrimmage against the run," and was spectacular on special teams in the win. He's a surefire Round 1 prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 22 - 2:18 AM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "was particularly effective when slid inside to the slot" during Saturday's win against Florida, noted CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Just something to keep in mind when considering Cooper's projection. Or perhaps he was better off inside to get off Hargreaves III Island. Cooper acquitted himself well in the matchup against stud Gators' CB Vernon Hargreaves III, recording 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns. "The combination of Cooper's acceleration and creative play-design by Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, however, helped free Cooper for several big plays," Rang wrote. "Cooper was particularly effective when slid inside to the slot, as was the case in the first quarter when he caught the Gators napping to haul in a easy 79-yard reception for his first score." The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cooper has 43 catches for 655 yards and five touchdowns through four games (45 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013). "It is, of course, just September but Cooper looks like a strong bet to give Alabama its first Biletnikoff Award winner in school history," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 22 - 1:23 AM


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