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In the release of the AP Preseason Top-25 poll, Alabama has been ranked as the No. 1 team in the country.

Alabama sits atop once more. And it wasn't even close. The Crimson Tide received 52 first-place votes to lead in a romp, with the next three teams (Ohio State, Florida State, USC) receiving a combined nine first-place tallies. In terms of conference supremacy, the SEC led the way with six entrants in the initial top-25, while the ACC and Big 12 both put five teams into the mixer.
Aug 21 - 1:11 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban has no plans to watch Monday's solar eclipse.

"I watch the Weather Channel every day. They’re already saying what it’s going to look like in every city in America," Saban said as he began to hit his stride. "So, what’s going to be significant? Watch the Weather Channel and you’ll see what it’s going to be like in Portland, Oregon." He added that "[w]e’ll set it up so if the players want to go out there and get some sunglasses, I guess they can." Our real takeaway, here, is that Saban watches the Weather Channel every day.
Source: AL.com
Aug 20 - 3:18 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that sophomore RB Joshua Jacobs (hamstring) is day-to-day.

Jacobs (5'10/204) has been a practice bystander over the last week and has not performed in either of the team's last two scrimmages. Saban didn't offer up a timeline for his return, but that should clarify over the next week.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 20 - 1:44 PM

Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough has missed the past two practices due to illness.

Rest easy, Tide fans, as Scarbrough's sitting over the weekend is not related to anything more than a touch of illness. Said HC Nick Saban, "We don’t think this is a serious illness or anything like that, but it is something that we didn’t think it would be good for him not to be in a position where he could be resting." Expect Scarbrough to get back at it in practice some time later this week.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 20 - 1:21 PM

Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough (undisclosed) was not seen at practice during the team's open-media window on Friday.

Just what Scarbrough is dealing with or why he wasn't practicing is unknown at this juncture, but given his medical history, this is one worth monitoring. The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder was a limited participant in spring practice while he continued to rehab from the broken leg he suffered against Clemson in the National Championship Game back in January. He said at the beginning of preseason camp that that leg injury has fully healed.
Source: AL.com
Aug 19 - 1:17 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Joshua Jacobs remains sidelined by a hamstring.

Jacobs (5'10/204) has not practiced for the last week. We're at the point in the month where this stubborn hamstring injury could potentially endanger his availability for the season-opener against Florida State unless he is able to start making positive strides.
Source: AL.com
Aug 19 - 12:38 PM

Per the Tuscaloosa News, Alabama is in negotiations to take part in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Miami in 2021.

Bama is already playing in this season's incarnation of the contest, in a titanic matchup with Florida State. They are also set to play the 2019 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Duke. The Tide and Canes last faced off as Sugar Bowl participants in 1993, with Alabama coming out victorious by a 34-13 score.
Aug 19 - 12:25 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said of the tight end position, "I think systematically, we’ll probably use it a little better."

O.J. Howard wishes this would have happened three years ago, but better late than never? While Howard has moved on to the NFL, the Tide have brought in Patriots TE coach Brian Daboll to serve as offensive coordinator and he'll have several options at the position. The names to know, here, are junior Hale Hentges, sophomore Miller Forristall and sophomore Irv Smith Jr. Hentges is more of an in-line blocking tight end, while Forristall and Smith are likely to see the most pure offensive work as receivers.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 17 - 5:59 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Joshua Jacobs (hamstring) did not practice on Monday.

Just when Jacobs suffered the hamstring injury is somewhat unclear, but Tide HC Nick Saban revealed the hammy issue on Saturday. Consider this a day-to-day type of injury unless Alabama announces otherwise. Jacobs will be vying for carries with Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris and Najee Harris during the coming season.
Source: AL.com
Aug 14 - 5:28 PM

Alabama freshman RB Najee Harris (hamstring) practiced on Monday.

Harris was laid low by a minor hamstring pull on Saturday, but as expected, he has returned to practice action in short order. Michael Cassagrande of AL.com passes along that the five-star true frosh was "running fine" on Monday.
Source: AL.com
Aug 14 - 5:16 PM

Alabama freshman RB Najee Harris (hamstring) is expected to return to practice on Monday.

Harris has been dealing with a slight pulled hamstring and has been rested over the past few days as a precautionary measure. Prior to the injury, the five-star freshman had been taking some first-team reps. His role in the Tide's loaded backfield should clarify over the coming weeks.
Aug 13 - 3:35 PM

Alabama freshman RB Najee Harris (undisclosed) did not practice on Thursday.

Unless word surfaces to the contrary, this was probably just a precautionary day off for Harris. The five-star frosh has been taking reps with the first-team offense early in camp and has stood out in the early going as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 10 - 8:26 PM

The initial rankings release for the CFB Playoff will come on Halloween.

A scary good time is guaranteed for all. The first rankings will be released on October 31, with weekly Tuesday installments to follow up until the Selection Show on Sunday, December 3, when the four-team Playoff field will be set.
Aug 10 - 7:16 PM

Alabama senior WR Robert Foster (back) has been practicing in pads.

Foster was struck by a car while riding his dirt bike in June. He needed 27 stitches on his back. It looks as though he is past that accident, now. The former five-star recruit has caught 21 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns during his three seasons with the Tide.
Aug 10 - 6:44 PM

Alabama beat writer Michael Casagrande believes the school's RB depth is a vital piece of the team heading into the 2017 season.

The team certainly rosters depth, with Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs and newcomers Najee Harris and Brian Robinson working behind likely starter Bo Scarbrough. Scarbrough produced at a high level down the stretch last season, earning some Derrick Henry comparisons. However, his background is full of injuries. Najee Harris and Jacobs over a change of pace, make you miss kind of style.
Source: AL.com
Aug 9 - 9:56 AM


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