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Alabama freshman QB Jalen Hurts completed 11-of-20 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 54-16 win over Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

Hurts entered Saturday's contest having rushed for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns. Florida was ready for that aspect of his game, though, holding him to a grand total of one yard on the ground. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound true freshman gunslinger will enter Alabama's Playoff run later this month having thrown for 2,563 yards with a 21/9 TD/INT ratio over 13 games. Plus the aforementioned rushing work.
Dec 3 - 8:13 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore RB Bo Scarbrough rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in Saturday's 54-16 dismantling of Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

Alabama's offense failed to fire on all cylinders, but they did receive contributions from multiple parties. Scarbrough led the Tide with his 91 yards rushing, while Damien Harris was nipping right at his heels with 86 yards of his own. Joshua Jacobs and Derrick Gore also came through with rushing touchdowns. For his part, the 6-foot-2, 228-pound Scarbrough would hit the end zone for both of his scores in the second half. The former five-star recruit hasn't ripped up the universe like some were forecasting during the offseason, but he does have seven touchdowns on the year and has served as a productive cog for the newly-minted SEC champs. To the Playoff, now.
Dec 3 - 7:50 PM

ESPN's Brett McMuprhy reports Houston will interview Alabama OC Lane Kiffin, former LSU head coach Les Miles and former Baylor head coach Art Briles for the school's opening.

Kiffin and Miles make sense, but we continue to be amazed by the inclusion of Art Briles' name following the disaster at Baylor. Maybe we shouldn't be, as we know winning trumps everything for many programs. Kiffin's name has come up in LSU's offensive coordinator search, but he likely would prefer another head coaching job. Les Miles' name popped up in the Purdue search, but a previous report stated that would not happen.
Dec 3 - 12:04 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban defended the schedule his undefeated team has played this season.

A little bit of Twitter heat on Bama's schedule eventually made its way back to Saban on Friday. He dismissed such chatter as pointless, saying that "[t]he last time I looked, we were going through the season, we played six or seven teams this year who were in the top 20 when we played them." He elaborated by noting that the SEC has a tendency to eat its own tail, which bruises the standing of all involved. "I've been in this league for a long time and I didn't think we had easier games this year than we've ever had in the past," Saban said. Bama will tune up for its Playoff run with a tilt against Florida in the SEC Championship on Saturday.
Source: AL.com
Dec 2 - 6:55 PM

An AFC college scouting director told MMQB that Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen is "just the type of guy you win with."

"Tough, great hands, instinctive, a really good athlete, motor, balance, bend, everything. The only thing he lacks is size," the scouting director said, adding that the 6-foot-3, 291-pound Allen is "a first-rounder all the way." In late October, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. forwarded the belief that Allen could potentially rise as high as the No. 1 overall selection in this spring's draft. In 12 games this season, he has recorded 52 tackles (11.5 for loss), seven sacks and a touchdown off a fumble recovery which he notched against Texas A&M on October 22.
Source: MMQB
Dec 2 - 5:09 PM

SB Nation's Steven Godfrey reports that Alabama OC Lane Kiffin will interview for Houston's vacant head-coaching position after Saturday's SEC Championship Game against Florida.

Kiffin's Alabama rebirth over the last three seasons has made him a hot commodity in the rumor mill this week. It was earlier reported that LSU HC Ed Orgeron wanted to bring Kiffin on-board as the Tigers' offensive coordinator. With head gigs open at Oregon and Houston, though, LSU looks like they are going to face stiff competition here. Perhaps the most interesting note in Godfrey's report is that Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban is actively pushing for Kiffin to take the job at Houston because it would move him out of the SEC and thus keep Saban's dark-voodoo coaching secrets out of enemy hands. In addition to Kiffin, Godfrey relays that Todd Orlando (currently Houston's interim head coach), Major Applewhite, Les Miles and Lincoln Riley are also under "heavy consideration."
Source: SB Nation
Dec 2 - 4:55 PM

An NFL scout thinks Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin would "instantly upgrade an NFL offense."

"I think he'd instantly upgrade an NFL offense, he's arguably one of the best offensive minds in the game," the scout said. "He's able to adapt in terms of personnel. The offense this year is completely different in style and play-calling than it was last year with [Derrick] Henry." Alabama ranks No. 23 in the country with 480 yards per game. Kiffin has never been an NFL coordinator, but he was the head coach of the Raiders.
Source: MMQB
Dec 2 - 4:01 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban is "hopeful" that redshirt sophomore CB Marlon Humphrey (leg) will play Saturday vs. Florida.

Humphrey left Saturday's Iron Bowl with what CBS described as a right leg injury. Apparently, it's not serious. "We think he'll be fine," Saban said. "We just didn't put him back in the game." Saban gave Humphrey the day off Monday and said he hopes his star corner will return to practice later this week. Humphrey ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash in high school.
Source: AL.com
Nov 28 - 1:49 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban says he has no knowledge of reports suggesting that offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is drawing interest from other programs.

"I don't know anything about that," Saban said Sunday night. "He hasn't come to me about it, and I'm sure he would." Sure, Nick. This statement wreaks of the same feigned ignorance that Saban trotted out in pretending he didn't know what day the election was on (he later did a mini-walk back by swearing he voted absentee). As everyone who works in college football is now well aware, Kiffin is -- reportedly -- Ed Orgeron's top target to become LSU's new offensive coordinator. Further, Orgeron reportedly made Kiffin's inclusion on his staff a significant part of his presentation to the school's brass when lobbying for the long-term gig. The two are friends who worked together while Kiffin was the head coach at Tennessee and Southern California.
Source: ESPN
Nov 28 - 12:57 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore RB Bo Scarbrough (knee) rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries in Saturday's 30-12 win over Auburn.

Scarbrough didn't play against Chattanooga last weekend due to a minor knee injury. He looked just fine on Saturday. Not that the 6-foot-2, 228-pounder was shredding Auburn by any stretch of the imagination. Just a nice, steady output. He averaged 5.29 YPC with a long run of 20 in the win. Auburn would have killed for that kind of modest, respectable output. They rushed for just 66 yards as a team. For his part, Scarbrough still has only a singular 100-yard performance to his name this season.
Nov 26 - 7:33 PM

Alabama freshman QB Jalen Hurts completed 27-of-36 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for 37 yards and an additional score in Saturday's Iron Bowl victory over Auburn.

Alabama's defense is impenetrable enough that the offense can afford a few creaky stretches. That proved to be the case on Saturday, as the defending champs held a 13-9 lead at the half. They pulled away after halftime, with Hurts scoring on a four-yard sweep with 10:04 remaining in the third quarter and later hooking up with ArDarius Stewart on a 39-yard touchdown. When the dust settled heading into the fourth quarter, Alabama held a 27-12 lead. Which with Alabama, basically means ballgame. Even with some unevenness sprinkled into the mix Saturday, Hurts accounted for three touchdowns, something he has done in half of Alabama's 12 games this season. A showdown with Florida for the SEC title awaits next weekend.
Nov 26 - 7:25 PM

Alabama redshirt junior WR ArDarius Stewart caught 10 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 30-12 win over Auburn.

Stewart was punished with a one-game suspension for reasons unknown a week ago, sitting out a win over Chattanooga. He came back from that doghouse stay to smash into Auburn like a meteor in the Iron Bowl. In a game where neither team was particularly sharp on offense (Jalen Hurts threw two interceptions, Auburn quarterbacks completed seven total passes), the 6-foot-1, 204-pound Stewart proved to be the game's offensive star. His touchdown came on a sideline-dancer in which he stayed in bounds and made a series of big boy cuts to score from 38 yards out midway through the third quarter. In his last two games played (with that Chattanooga suspension wedged in-between), Stewart has caught 18 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns.
Nov 26 - 7:10 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that redshirt sophomore RB Bo Scarbrough (knee) should be able to play against Auburn on Saturday.

Scarbrough has been dealing with a nagging knee injury over the last few weeks and was held out of this past weekend's win over Chattanooga to rest the injury. Saban indicated that his 6-foot-2, 228-pound redshirt sophomore would have been able to play in that one if necessary. The match-up was cushy enough that Scarbrough's presence was not needed. Alabama is looking to close out an undefeated regular season with Saturday's Iron Bowl, with an SEC Championship game rematch against Florida set for the following weekend.
Source: AL.com
Nov 21 - 2:41 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that redshirt junior WR ArDarius Stewart should be able to play in Saturday's Iron Bowl "if he does what he's supposed to."

Stewart received a slap-on-the-wrist benching over the weekend, sitting out Saturday's easy win over Chattanooga due to a violation of team rules. No other information has surfaced as to the reason Stewart was pushed into Saban's doghouse, but it looks like the 6-foot-1, 204-pounder will be able to play versus Auburn assuming he keeps his head on straight during the practice week.
Source: AL.com
Nov 21 - 1:27 PM

Alabama freshman QB Jalen Hurts completed 15-of-21 passes for 136 passes and three touchdowns in Saturday's 31-3 win over Chattanooga.

Not Alabama's most impressive showing of the season. Not that they needed it given the opponent. Chattanooga held a 3-0 lead after one quarter. They wouldn't score again and eventually, Hurts and company did get the offense going, by degrees. Two of the freshman quarterback's three touchdown passes came in the second quarter, including a 47-yarder to Calvin Ridley. After not throwing more than two touchdown passes in a game through Alabama's first nine games, Hurts has thrown for seven scores in his last two. The Iron Bowl looms next Saturday, with an SEC Championship date with Florida to follow. And then Playoff glory?
Nov 19 - 10:21 PM


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