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Alabama senior WR DeAndrew White "could work himself into a late round contender," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

White (6-foot, 190-pound junior) is coming off his best season, posting 32 passes for 534 yards and four touchdowns in 2013. "I like the play of Deandrew White and believe the receiver could work himself into a late round contender," Pauline wrote. "He’s neither big or fast but very consistent and plays smart football." White will miss two weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in the Week 1 victory over West Virginia.
Sep 1 - 6:23 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban once again announced on Monday that redshirt senior Blake Sims and FSU transfer Jacob Coker will share snaps against Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

Saban made the same announcement before the West Virginia game. Sims played essentially the entire game, with Coker coming on for a few garbage snaps to hand the ball off when the Crimson Tide were bleeding the clock. "I still don't hesitate to say there's a quarterback competition," Saban said. So how will the pair share reps this time around? "When I figure it out, I won't tell you," Saban told reporters with a smile.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 5:54 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced senior WR DeAndrew White (shoulder) and senior DB Jarrick Williams (foot) will both miss time after suffering injuries on Saturday against West Virginia.

White will miss two weeks with a separated shoulder, while Williams is out four weeks with a fractured foot. Robert Foster is listed as White's backup on the depth chart, but junior Chris Black got the call to replace White against West Virginia. According to Saban, Geno Smith and Maurice Smith are the options to replace Williams at the "star" position.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 5:36 PM

Alabama senior OLB Xzavier Dickson "game fell flat last year," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst grades him as an undrafted free agent. "I was really surprised the way Xzavier Dickson’s game fell flat last year after a 2012 campaign which showed a lot of promise," Pauline wrote. "In many ways his game paralleled that of Adrian Hubbard, who left Alabama a year early only to go undrafted."
Sep 1 - 4:35 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon "has the ability be a feature runner at the next level," wrote TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst grades Yeldon as a Round 2 prospect. "He’s sized well, can run laterally as easily as he pounds downhill and possesses both running vision as well as football instincts," Pauline wrote. "He has the power to break tackles and is rarely brought down by the first defender yet at the same time easily bounces around opponents to create yardage. Yeldon is more of a one-speed back and not a break away threat but has a terrific all around game." Yeldon rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in Saturday's win over West Virginia. He scurried for 1,235 rushing yards with 14 scores across 207 carries last year.
Sep 1 - 3:54 PM

TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline "likes everything" about Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper's game.

"He’s polished, consistent and very natural," Pauline wrote. "I doubt he’ll test off the charts as former ‘Bama receiver Julio Jones did but none the less [sic] he’s a dominant prospect who projects as a number one wide out at the next level." Pauline grades Cooper as a Round 1 prospect. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper hauled in 12 catches (second most in Alabama history) for 130 yards in Alabama's 33-23 win over West Virginia on Saturday.
Sep 1 - 3:13 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Derrick Henry rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the school's 33-23 win over West Virginia.

Henry, like Georgia's Todd Gurley, has extremely impressive lateral explosiveness for a big back. Henry is not draft eligible, but he might be Alabama's best running back. And that is not taking anything away from T.J. Yeldon.
Aug 30 - 8:08 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper hauled in 12 catches for 130 yards in Alabama's 33-23 win over West Virginia.

The junior wideout had a strong performance on the day, as he was QB Blake Sims' go-to target early and often in the game. Cooper's 12 catches on the day were the second most in Alabama history, in 2013 he only had 43 catches. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper looks to be fully healthy after battling injuries last season and should be headed for a monster year.
Aug 30 - 7:53 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in the school's 33-23 win over West Virginia.

Yeldon's most impressive run saw him break the line and accelerate through the second level and glide over the goal line. He seems to have a different gear in the red zone. Gurley looked a bit tentative at times last year to go along with ball security issues, but his talent is outstanding.
Aug 30 - 7:26 PM

Redshirt senior Blake Sims will be Alabama's starting QB in the season opener against West Virginia, according to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

Fowler notes expected starter (and FSU transfer) Jacob Coker will backup Sims but is expected to play at some point against the Mountaineers. has played in 23 career games and rushed for 355 yards on 67 carries (5.3 yards per carry) while throwing for 244 yards on 23-of-39 passing. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes Lane Kiffin (Alabama's new offensive coordinator) heavily recruited Sims to Tennessee, but as a receiver.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 29 - 4:38 PM

Al.com reports that Alabama head coach Nick Saban would not rule out sophomore CB Eddie Jackson, from playing in Alabama's season opener versus West Virginia.

"I wouldn’t rule out the fact he can play in this game," Saban said, per Al.com. "But I would rather go in to the game thinking we would use him if we needed to rather than pushing him in the game." Just five months ago, Jackson tore his ACL during spring practice and it's amazing that he could possibly contribute if his number is called upon. On Monday, Alabama released it's first depth chart with Jackson listed as a co-backup to junior Cyrus Jones. As a true freshman last season, Jackson started four games and collected 19 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries.
Source: Al.com
Aug 28 - 11:14 AM

Alabama suspended senior ILB Trey DePriest for the opener versus West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff on Saturday.

Head coach Nick Saban announced the suspension Wednesday, saying DePriest committed a minor NCAA infraction. We don't yet know what that infraction was, but Alabama is being overly cautious because any victory attained with an ineligible player on the field would be vacated. DePriest, a two-year starter coming off a career-high 65 tackle (7.5 for loss), had the look of a breakout player this fall. Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster will start at linebacker for the Crimson Tide.
Aug 27 - 9:37 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday that the team still hasn't decided between redshirt junior Jacob Coker or fifth-year senior Blake Sims as starting quarterback.

The pair have been listed as co-starters, and Saban has hinted he'll play both. "You've got a starting pitcher, doesn't necessarily mean he is going to go nine innings," Saban said. Sims couldn't beat out AJ McCarron in three consecutive years, and many have called Coker a superior prospect to McCarron, so what's going on here? "Word around UA's fall camp is that Coker's arm is everything [Jimbo] Fisher has touted it to be, but that he has been slow to recognize open receivers at times, and absorbing the Alabama system hasn't been easy for him," NFL.com's Chase Goodbread reported. "As a fifth-year senior, it's to be expected that Sims would be far advanced over Coker in understanding what Nick Saban asks of his quarterbacks -- and a new offensive coordinator in Lane Kiffin doesn't change that situation. Yet, sources within the program have told College Football 24/7 that Coker has shown in practice that he can make some throws that Sims simply can't."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 25 - 8:22 PM

If he reduces fumbles and increases his strength this fall, Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon could "make a push to be the first back taken in next year's draft," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay ranks Yeldon as the No. 3 running back prospect, behind Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Georgia's Todd Gurley. It would be a shock if Yeldon could leapfrog both of them, but he does have tantalizing ability. "Yeldon is tall with a somewhat lean frame, and isn't an overpowering runner, but he has good balance and can keep his feet moving after contact," McShay wrote. "He also has excellent lateral agility (especially for a taller back), which, combined with his instincts and patience, makes him highly effective at finding the hole and accelerating through it on runs. He has good but not elite top-end speed, and can seamlessly string together multiple cuts. He's a very competitive runner, and solid in the passing game, but his ball security is a big concern (four fumbles, including three lost, on 227 touches in 2013)."
Aug 25 - 6:35 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was ranked by ESPN's Todd McShay as the No. 1 receiver prospect.

"Cooper has average size for the receiver position and good but not elite top-end speed, but his separation and ball skills more than make up for it," the analyst wrote. "There are very few college wide receivers who show the separation skills that Cooper does on tape with such limited experience. He has a sudden release, runs crisp routes, finds soft spots in zone coverage and does a good job of using jab steps and head fakes to set up defenders. He makes tough catches look easy, demonstrating outstanding concentration in traffic -- although he does suffer from too many focus drops." The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper caught only 43 catches, 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 while battling injuries. NFL.com recently called him college football's ninth-best player. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks compares Cooper to Roddy White, while CBS Sports' Rob Rang compares him to Marqise Lee.
Aug 24 - 9:55 PM


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