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Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that he is unaware whether redshirt freshman QB Blake Barnett will transfer.

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reported on Wednesday that Barnett planned on transferring. Saban did talk with Barnett about his future before Wednesday's practice, but beyond that, he said, "I don't have a final decision on [his transfer]. Nobody has told me that." The 6-foot-5, 211-pound redshirt freshman started the season-opener against USC, but did little offensively before being replaced by Jalen Hurts in the contest. Hurts has run away with the job since then. "Blake is a fine young man, he's done a great job with this program and we'd love to see him be a part of the program in a future," Saban said. "But we also want him to do what's best for him."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 29 - 4:02 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Damien Harris (ankle) was a full-participant in Wednesday's practice.

Looks like Harris has avoided major injury. When he was initially driven from Saturday's win over Kent State, he appeared to have potentially suffered a serious knee injury. Turns out it was an ankle issue. Barring a setback, the 5-foot-11, 214-pounder should be able to play against Kentucky on Saturday. In three-plus games this season, Harris has rushed for 345 yards (8.6 YPC) and a touchdown. Fantasy owners should continue to check in on his status over the next two days, but it looks very likely he will be available for normal usage on Saturday.
Source: AL.com
Sep 29 - 2:56 PM

Alabama senior edge rusher Tim Williams was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of carrying a pistol without a permit.

Per AL.com's Matt Zenitz, Williams was arrested around 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning after officers noticed the smell of marijuana emanating from his vehicle. A passenger in the vehicle claimed that the drug was not Williams'. Upon searching the car, an unlicensed pistol was found under the 6-foot-4, 237-pound senior's seat. If all of this sounds vaguely familiar, that is probably because star tackle Cam Robinson found himself in a similar situation in May. It is not yet known whether Williams will be allowed to play against Kentucky this weekend, but a suspension is likely, here.
Source: AL.com
Sep 29 - 12:39 PM

Alabama redshirt freshman QB Blake Barnett will transfer.

The human experience can change drastically in one month's time. Just ask Barnett. At the beginning of September, he was the starting quarterback for the defending national champs. Today, not four weeks later, he seeks a new home. The former five-star recruit lost his gig to electrifying freshman Jalen Hurts and was looking at mopup duty until graduation unless he left. So he, you know, left. And with that, redshirt junior Cooper Bateman is now the Tide's backup quarterback.
Source: AL.com
Sep 28 - 6:35 PM

Football Scoop's Scott Roussel is reporting that LSU is looking to swing for a big-name coaching replacement for the departed Les Miles.

No surprise here, as the Tigers have national title-level talent. Per Roussel, the program is putting together a search committee and they plan on "gaug[ing] the interest" of the likes of Alabama's Nick Saban, Ohio State's Urban Meyer, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, FSU's Jimbo Fisher and Houston's Tom Herman. Roussel was told that "money will not be an issue here." It should be noted that Ed Orgeron is serving as interim head coach in the wake of Miles' departure and it is not outside of the realm of possibility that he could secure the job in the longer term.
Sep 27 - 12:22 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that redshirt junior WR ArDarius Stewart is day-to-day with a knee injury.

Stewart banged up his knee against Ole Miss two weekends ago and subsequently sat out Saturday's romp-of-a-win over Kent State. Late last week, SEC Country's Marq Burnett speculated that the injury could be severe enough to keep the 6-foot-1, 204-pound redshirt junior from playing against Kentucky this Saturday. For the time being, though, he has not been ruled out for that contest. Prior to sustaining his knee injury, Stewart had snagged 13 passes for 205 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
Source: AL.com
Sep 26 - 4:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that sophomore RB Damien Harris is day-to-day with an ankle injury.

Harris sustained a right ankle injury on Alabama's first drive against Kent State on Saturday. He did not return to that contest and Saban is being predictably tight-lipped as to Harris' overall health. "Day-to-day" is certainly much more encouraging than "questionable" or "doubtful," but there just isn't a ton of information to go on, here.
Source: AL.com
Sep 26 - 3:50 PM

Alabama redshirt junior WR Robert Foster is day-to-day with a knee injury.

Foster sat out Saturday's win over Kent State after tweaking his knee early in the practice week run-up to that contest. Nothing serious here, though, and the 6-foot-2, 194-pounder could well play against Kentucky this weekend. Assuming HC Nick Saban actually wants to play him. This season, Foster has logged a mere four offensive touches.
Sep 26 - 2:21 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban confirmed that junior CB Tony Brown (suspension) will be eligible to play against Kentucky on Saturday.

Brown sat out the first four games of the season due to an NCAA suspension reportedly stemming from an incident last December. In 11 games a year ago, the 6-foot, 196-pounder recorded 16 tackles and a forced fumble. It is not yet known how much Brown might play against Kentucky on Saturday, but at the very least, he will be an option for Saban as the Crimson Tide look to build on their 4-0 start to the 2016 campaign.
Sep 26 - 1:23 PM

An NFC scout believes Alabama senior ILB Reuben Foster will get drafted earlier than expected.

"I think Reuben Foster is going to get drafted way earlier than people expect," the scout said. "(Luke) Kuechly got drafted early and I think Foster has the same (expletive) to him." Kuechly, the best middle linebacker in the NFL, was drafted ninth overall in the 2012 draft. "What this scout means is that Foster plays with the same nastiness as Kuechly, which is a high compliment to pay the Alabama linebacker," Lance Zierlein wrote. "Foster is known as an angry hitter with bad intentions. What doesn't get enough attention is his speed to go sideline to sideline in order to chase down plays." The analyst believes Foster's game fits any scheme.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 25 - 11:22 AM

Alabama redshirt sophomore RB Bo Scarbrough suffered a thigh bruise in the first half of Saturday's win over Kent State.

Both Scarbrough and Damien Harris were felled by injuries in Saturday's contest, with Harris suffering an ankle injury early in the blowout win. Scarbrough was unable to return to action after sustaining his thigh bruise. This looks to be relatively minor in his case. Further updates should be provided in the coming days.
Sep 24 - 4:27 PM

Alabama senior TE O.J. Howard had three catches for 60 yards and a score in Saturday's 48-0 win over Kent.

This was easily Howard's most productive game of the year. We were expecting Alabama to feature Howard more in the passing game this fall -- they, in fact, promised Howard to do just that in convincing him not to declare for the draft -- but the tight end has finished with either two or three catches in each of the team's first four games. This was his first score of 2016.
Sep 24 - 3:24 PM

Alabama freshman QB Jalen Hurts completed 16-of-24 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 48-0 win over Kent.

On the ground, Hurts continued to do damage with 54 yards and another score on only seven carries. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound true freshman has firmly established himself as Alabama's starter going forward.
Sep 24 - 3:21 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Damien Harris left Saturday's game against Kent State on the opening drive after suffering an apparent leg injury.

At the conclusion of a 6-yard run, Harris' right leg bent awkwardly. He was unable to put any weight on the injured limb. Harris was helped off the field, examined, and ultimately carted into the locker room. Alabama hasn't provided an update on his status, but Harris' day is over.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 2:22 PM

ESPN's Derek Tyson writes that Florida has "made up some ground" in potentially flipping Alabama five-star 2017 verbal T commit Alex Leatherwood.

Tyson handicaps Leatherwood's flip-potential at 40%, noting that the Pensacola, Florida, native is a "top priority" for the Gators. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder has been committed to Alabama since June of 2015, though, so he might well be entrenched with the Tide at this point. Per the ESPN 300, Leatherwood "[p]ossesses [an] excellent combination of size and strength" and is "[c]apable of driving defenders off the ball in run game when stays low." He ranks as the outlet's No. 9 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Sep 23 - 3:01 PM


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