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Alabama junior QB Jalen Hurts completed 19-of-37 passes during the Crimson Tide's spring game on Saturday.

It wasn't Hurts at his best, but it's important to remember that these numbers don't mean much, and that the Alabama offensive line was whipped by the defense and Hurts had very little time to stay in the pocket. Still, it would have been nice for the junior signal-caller to have a better game -- especially with Tua Tagovailoa competing with him for the starting position. Alabama HC Nick Saban told reporters he wasn't disappointed with his performance, and he's one of the few coaches who'd give you an honest assessment if he was. If Hurts doesn't get assurances that he'll be the starter, we still wouldn't be surprised if he transferred to another program for the 2018 season.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 6:34 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Taulia Tagovailoa.

Yes, Tagovailoa is the brother of sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa, the potential starting quarterback for Alabama in 2018. The younger Tagovailoa was reportedly down to Tennessee and the Crimson Tide, but was also considering Florida, Michigan and Nebraska, among others. He's rated sixth-best "pro style" quarterback on 247 Sports composite rankings, and the eighth best player in the state of Alabama. We could see a Tagovailoa-to-Tagovailoa quarterback run in Tuscaloosa.
Apr 21 - 1:40 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 WR Dazalin Worsham.

Be prepared for some "Dazalin is dazzling" puns. Worsham (6'1/180) had plenty of big offers, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Georgia. He ranks as the 14th best receiver in the 2020 class according to 247 Sports. Alabama has recruited the wide receiver position as well -- if not better -- than anyone, and it sounds like Worsham is just another high-ceiling player who will catch passes for the Crimson Tide.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 20 - 8:45 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that he had a "very positive meeting" with Averion Hurts, the father of junior QB Jalen Hurts.

Mr. Hurts offered a slew of headline-worthy comments in a recent interview, saying (among other things) that his son had no plans to simply roll over and transition to wide receiver to allow Tua Tagovailoa an open path to starting action in Tuscaloosa, that his son would play this season whether at Alabama or elsewhere and that if the younger Hurts were to transfer, "he'd be the biggest free agent in college football history." But after speaking with Saban this past weekend, Averion said, "I don't think there's an issue or a problem from my standpoint." That may calm things for the short term, but this may well end up being an untenable situation. One only has to look at Ohio State's stumbles in their Cardale Jones/J.T. Barrett days to understand how uncertainty at quarterback -- even with two skilled signal-callers on roster -- can seriously gunk up the offensive works.
Apr 20 - 2:51 PM

Alabama junior RB Joshua Jacobs (ankle) was limited in practice on Thursday and is "unlikely" to play in their spring game.

Jacobs wore a black non-contact jersey and only participated in a few drills at practice. Recovering from an offseason ankle surgery, Jacobs has been limited all spring and may not be fully recovered for another few months. It will be tough for Jacobs to carve out a role behind starters Damien Harris and Najee Harris barring injury, but getting himself healthy is likely his first priority.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 19 - 8:51 PM

Alabama ILB sophomore Dylan Moses worked with the outside linebackers in practice on Thursday.

This is of interest because Moses is projected to be one of the Crimson Tide's starting inside linebackers. However, Alabama often cross-trains their linebackers which would explain some of his time being spent with the outside linebackers. SEC Country's Marq Burnett speculates they could also potentially utilize him "in certain packages as a rusher off the edge." As a true freshman in 2017, Moses recorded 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and added an interception and a forced fumble. He will likely play a significant role in Alabama's defense as a sophomore in 2018.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 19 - 8:27 PM

Alabama redshirt junior LB Anfernee Jennings (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Jennings (6'3/260) was at least dressed out in a black non-contact jersey, though he's not ready for true football activity as of yet. He had not been seen at practice previously this spring. The redshirt junior linebacker is on the mend from a knee injury sustained in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson over the winter. That injury required surgery. His status for August camp should clarify as we move into the summer months.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 19 - 7:21 PM

Averion Hurts, the father of Alabama junior QB Jalen Hurts, said that his son is "a quarterback, and he wants to play quarterback."

This was in reference to the on-going quarterback battle between Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa down in Tuscaloosa. There's been some speculation that if Tagovailoa wins the starting job this summer, Hurts could potentially shift to receiver. At least right now, it would appear that the junior's camp is not budging off their stance that he will continue to play quarterback. If not at Alabama, then somewhere else. The senior Hurts addressed the possibility of a transfer in addition to his positional comments, saying that if his son does not win out over Tagovailoa, then "he’d be the biggest free agent in college football history." That's a bit of hyperbole, though Hurts would certainly be much sought after if he did decide on a transfer.
Apr 19 - 5:41 PM

Alabama and Notre Dame have agreed to a home-and-home series scheduled for 2028 and 2029.

Notre Dame will have first hosting honors, with Alabama set to take on the Irish in South Bend on Sept. 2, 2028. The affair will play out in Tuscaloosa the year after, with that contest set for Sept. 1, 2029. While Notre Dame leads the overall series 5-2, Alabama got the most recent laugh in a 42-14 deconstruction of the Irish in the 2012 BCS title game. The defending champs have also reportedly been trying to put together a future showdown with Texas, though that has not officially come together as of yet.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 19 - 2:22 PM

An NFL personnel executive said Alabama CB Minkah Fitzpatrick is one of the most natural "prospect-team fits" for the Oakland Raiders.

The executive explains Fitzpatrick is "Pro-ready, tough, and a versatile player who can plug in and be good to go in short order without a lot of rookie growing pains ... at a place where the head coach prefers veterans and doesn't have a lot of patience for rookie moments." Fitzpatrick's draft stock has slid from him likely going in the top five to now potentially being selected by the Raiders at pick No. 10. While nothing has happened since turning in acceptable numbers at the combine, the combination of his role as a "hybrid" player and the immense need for a quarterback has naturally driven his draft stock down.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 9:47 PM

Alabama CB Tony Brown visited the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday.

After losing CB Richard Sherman this offseason, the Seahawks "Legion of Boom" is a shell of its former self and something that will likely be addressed in the draft. Brown is nowhere near a replacement for Sherman but could help in run-stopping and on special teams. After running a 4.35 40-yard dash at the combine Brown has drawn a lot of interest from teams and has taken close to 10 visits. He's currently viewed as an early Day 3 selection but could be picked in the late 3rd round with so much interest surrounding him.
Apr 18 - 8:49 PM

The NCAA has declined to implement a proposed rule change which would allow players appearing in four games to remain eligible for a redshirt.

As the rule currently stands, players are eligible for redshirts only if they've appeared in three or fewer games for a given season. The intent of the proposed change was to allow for some wiggle room with injuries in an attempt to cut down on the number of players who are forced to burn redshirts solely due to their serving as injury replacements late in the season.
Source: AL.com
Apr 18 - 6:14 PM

An NFC team executive said that Alabama S Ronnie Harrison is "a feisty guy."

"Big and athletic but he's not really the brains of the defense over there," the executive said. And he's fine with that, noting that even though Harrison might not be The Man with the Plan in the locker room, the 6-foot-2, 207-pounder "handles his work." The Alabama safety took a visit to the DB-needy Seahawks late last week as he looks to secure a Day 2 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 5:08 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Alabama DL Da'Shawn Hand to retired former Jaguars DE Paul Spicer.

"While he possesses NFL size and ability, he hasn't always played with the fire or urgency we have come to expect from Alabama defenders," Zierlein writes of the 6-foot-3, 297-pound Hand. Zierlein colleague Chad Reuter would be nervous about a selection for the defender prior to the middle of the third round. In his seven-round mock draft, Rotoworld's Mark Lindquist sees Hand landing with the Rams right in Reuter's comfortable range, at pick No. 87 in the third round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 3:34 PM

A scouting director for an NFC team said that while he loves what Alabama LB Shaun Dion Hamilton brings to the table in terms of his football IQ, he's worried about whether the linebacker's body can handle the rigors of a long NFL career.

"Through all that linebacker talent Alabama has had since Hamilton has been there, he's always been the smartest and the brains behind the operation," the scouting director said, adding that the 5-foot-11, 228-pounder is "a good player but I just don't know if he can hold up." Hamilton's career with the Tide began with much promise and he was developing into a lethal linebacking prospect, but matters took a turn for the worse against Florida in the 2016 SEC Championship Game, when he sustained a torn right ACL. He came back from that to start nine contests this past season, only to see his season again cut short, this time by a fractured kneecap. These injuries are troubling, though the offshoot of them is that he may well be available as a priority free agent after the draft. If he can somehow maintain his health at the pro level, he could be one of the true deep sleepers in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 2:34 PM


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