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NFL.com's Charles Davis wrote that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims has played well for someone who wasn't even expected to have the job in the preseason.

Davis noted that despite a bumpy road at times--such as an ugly loss to Ol' Miss--Sims has played better of late. "I think he's played some of his best football since then," wrote Davis. "I'm not ready to place Sims in the pantheon of great Alabama QBs, but he certainly has given scouts something to think about in what will be his first and only season at the helm of Nick Saban's offense." This reads as somewhat lukewarm praise. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has previously written that Sims deserves more attention as a draftable prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 5:34 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper's stats "aren't just force-feeding," notes ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.

Cooper is, on most boards, the number one wide receiver in the 2015 NFL draft class. This season he's hauled in 71 receptions for 1,132 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while playing against some of the best teams and players in the country over in the SEC. Kiper writes that, "He's neither a pure burner nor an impossible matchup threat given his size (6-1, 210 pounds), but there's nothing he doesn't do well and he's probably more explosive than he looks because his movement is so precise." Kiper also notes that Cooper's work rate is "legendary and will be a big selling point."
Oct 29 - 7:57 PM

Alabama freshman RB Tyren Jones has been suspended for unspecified reasons for an unspecified amount of time.

Predictably, Alabama head coach Nick Saban didn't elaborate as to why Jones had been suspended or what the length of the suspension would be, so there's not much information we can give here. Saban cryptically remarked, "If Tyren Jones does what he’s supposed to, maybe he’ll be back sometime soon." So that's where we're at. Alabama's hurting at running back these days, with Kenyan Drake out for the season and leading rusher T.J. Yeldon dealing with a foot injury that's currently keeping him out of practice. Prior to the suspension, Jones had 22 rushes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Source: Al.com
Oct 29 - 6:53 PM

Al.com reports that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims plans on working on his "footwork and getting the ball out faster."

"Just keep working on my footwork and getting the ball out faster," Sims told Greg McElroy on his Sirius XM radio show. "I think one thing that everybody's going to see that I'm working on right now that they will see at LSU is that I will be getting the ball out much faster." The Crimson Tide prospect completed 14-of-24 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win against Tennessee. Sims also rushed six times for 42 yards and added a score on the ground.
Source: Al.com
Oct 29 - 2:52 PM

When asked for his response to the first set of CFB Playoff rankings, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said "none of it matters."

"I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end," Saban began. "So I don't even care, to be honest with you. Don't know and don't care." The Crimson Tide still face LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn, so obviously their season is not even close to being over. Alabama was slotted at No. 6 in the first set of rankings.
Source: AL.com
Oct 29 - 9:36 AM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "has become a polished route runner and shown the ability to carry an offense as the top option in the passing game," NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote.

"With the NFL community already buzzing about his potential as a game changer on the perimeter, Cooper's strong showing on Saturday only solidifies his standing as a blue-chip prospect in the 2015 or 2016 class," Brooks wrote. Cooper caught nine passes for a school-record 224 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-20 win over Tennessee. Playing against superior competition, Cooper has posted 71 receptions, 1,132 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 28 - 9:24 PM

Alabama senior OLB Xzavier Dickson should sneak into the later rounds if he continues to play well, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"As a sophomore in 2012, Dickson displayed flashes of big time ability but fell flat a year ago," Pauline wrote. "So much so scouts graded him as barely camp worthy before the season began. Thus far the old Dickson has returned and improved on prior form, leading the Tide in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (9) while also breaking up two passes. He’s a solid athlete with the size (6’ 3.5’’ and 270lbs) to play out of a three point stance as well as the speed (4.75s) to stand up at linebacker. Continued positive play will push Dickson into the draft’s late rounds." Last month, the analyst compared Dickson to former Crimson Tide OLB Adrian Hubbard, who left Alabama early last year and went undrafted.
Oct 27 - 9:58 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Saturday's win over Tennessee.

The Crimson Tide held a 27-0 lead with 12:03 remaining in the second quarter, so their talented back once again had his workload restricted. If you play college fantasy football, you probably don't like this. If, however, you're an NFL scout, you love it. Yeldon will reach the NFL without a ton of wear and tear. An AFC college scouting director told NFL.com recently that he believed Yeldon will be a better NFL player than he has been in college "because he is used in a rotation, plus he's avoided the high carries that some college backs have accumulated."
Oct 27 - 7:45 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "should be the first wide receiver off the board in the 2015 draft, and he could possibly wind up as a top-10 pick," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He is a great route-runner who does an excellent job of tracking the ball and competing for it in the air," the analyst wrote. "He showed off his run-after-catch skills in the Tide's win over Tennessee on Saturday, on an 80-yard touchdown on their first possession." Cooper caught nine passes for a school-record 224 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-20 win over the Vols. Cooper is a big-play waiting to happen, reading blocks effectively with the ball in his hands and using his fleet wheels to race down the field after the catch.
Oct 27 - 6:32 PM

Al.com reports that Alabama junior LB Reggie Ragland has been named as a Butkus Award semifinalist.

The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Ragland was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award on Monday. Last year Ragland's teammate C.J. Moseley was fortunate to take home the Butkus award. The first-year starter has recorded 56 tackles and had a team-high nine stops against Tennessee on Saturday. This season, the Alabama prospect has 6.5 tackles for loss, with 1.5 sacks, an interception, forced fumble and three pass breakups on his resume.
Source: Al.com
Oct 27 - 4:08 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban noted that freshman LT Cameron Robinson has a high ankle sprain and will be sidelined for a "couple of weeks."

Robinson suffered the injury during the third quarter of Alabama's win over Tennessee on Saturday. At the moment, Saban has not offered any other information on Robinson's injury. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Robinson, was a five-star prospect out of high school and is currently one of college football's best freshman offensive linemen.
Source: Al.com
Oct 27 - 3:05 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper caught nine passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 34-20 win over Tennessee.

Cooper continues to win with the ball in his hands, reading downfield blocks and utilizing straight-line speed to create big plays. We know Cooper can help an NFL team in this area, taking short and intermediate catches for extra yards. Run after catch is becoming more and more important, however, we just cannot get behind Cooper as a top 10 pick.
Oct 26 - 9:22 AM

One AFC college scouting director believes Alabama junior RB TJ Yeldon will be a better NFL player than he has been in college.

The exec's reasoning? "Because he is used in a rotation, plus he's avoided the high carries that some college backs have accumulated." NFL Media's Albert Breer received comparisons of Darren McFadden and DeAngelo Williams for Yeldon's NFL future. The running back has flashed his best work this season.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 25 - 11:57 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Alabama junior S Landon Collins will declare for the draft after this season.

As expected. Collins had a rough game against Ole Miss earlier this season, but he did so while suffering from a bum ankle. Outside of that game, he's been everything experts had expected. ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote earlier this month that Collins is better than recent Crimson Tide safeties Mark Barron, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri: "What makes Collins truly special is he's great in coverage, but is practically an extra linebacker in run support. An NFL team could consider him as early as the top 10."
Oct 24 - 9:27 PM

Al.com reports that Alabama redshirt senior OG Arie Kouandjio "was honored by the SEC as its offensive lineman of the week" after a dominant performance against Texas A&M.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Kouandjio received the top grade among the Tide's offensive linemen as Alabama racked up 298 yards rushing in their 59-0 blowout win against the Aggies.
Source: Al.com
Oct 21 - 3:22 PM


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