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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

Alabama senior ILB Trey DePriest surprising excelled in coverage during the school's demolition of Texas A&M on Saturday, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The senior finished with five tackles but it was his play in coverage, considered the weakest part of his game, that was most inspired," Pauline wrote. "On two occasions during the games opening half Depriest made solid plays against screen passes, forcing TAMU to punt on the first occasion. Known for his toughness defending the run, the ability displayed in space against an offense which likes to put the ball in the air will only enhance his draft stock." The Crimson Tide have asked DePriest to take a more active role in coverage when C.J. Mosley left for the NFL. He's fighting to prove he deserves to go on Day 2.
Oct 20 - 7:29 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban stated that redshirt junior C Ryan Kelly will be back this week against Tennessee.

The 6-foot-5, 296-pound Kelly happened to dress for Alabama last week, in their win against Texas A & M, but did not play. Kelly missed the last two starts with a minor knee injury after exiting the game against Ole Miss.
Oct 20 - 2:08 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims completed 16-of-27 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win against Texas A&M.

He didn't throw an interception and added 54 yards and a score on the ground. Sims had struggled in the school's past two games -- both road trips -- leading many to sour on him and pine for backup Jake Coker. A non-SEC coach told ESPN last week that Sims "is terrible." That probably wasn't fair. Sims has been outstanding at home in 2014, and has struggled on the road. Sounds like most first-year starting QBs.
Oct 18 - 10:35 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper had eight catches for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 59-0 win over Texas A&M on Saturday.

Cooper began the season with four consecutive 100-yard receiving games, but had been held below the century mark and out of the end zone in each of the school's past two contests. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper has accumulated 62 receptions, 908 yards and seven touchdowns so far.
Oct 18 - 10:20 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon rushed for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 carries in Saturday's 59-0 demolition of Texas A&M.

He also had three receptions for 45 yards. This was only the second time Yeldon has cracked the century mark since the season opener. With Alabama's ridiculous backfield depth, perhaps that shouldn't come as a surprise. One analyst isn't concerned. NFL.com's Charles Davis wrote earlier this week that Yeldon "certainly could be a high-volume guy if asked." After coming into this game with a disappointing 4.9 YPC, Yeldon slapped down an 8.8 YPC average today.
Oct 18 - 10:07 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "has 73 targets this season, 22 more than any other SEC WR," according to ESPN's College Game day.

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper has by far the most targets of any SEC receiver and 51 more than the next-closest Alabama wideout. Through his first six games, the Crimson Tide prospect has 54 receptions for 768 yards and five touchdowns. The Crimson Tide prospect has accounted for close to half of the receptions made and yards amassed by anyone on Alabama's roster this season.
Oct 17 - 2:46 PM

Alabama freshman DB/LB/RB Ronnie Clark will miss the season with an Achilles injury.

Clark, a linebacker recruit who had been practicing at safety recently moved to running back for depth reasons. The four-star recruit chose the Crimson Tide over a number of big programs. We are guessing he will use a redshirt this season.
Oct 16 - 11:06 AM

Alabama redshirt junior C Ryan Kelly is doubtful for Saturday's game against Texas A&M with an ankle injury.

Kelly exited the game against Ole Miss and has been limited since. The team moves from a veteran center to a redshirt freshman in Bradley Bozeman. After starting the season well on defense, A&M has backtracked in the last few weeks. Alabama's offense has done the same, however.
Oct 16 - 10:43 AM

NFL.com's Charles Davis believes Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon "certainly could be a high-volume guy if asked."

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon has rushed for 452 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 93 carries (4.9 YPC) over Alabama's first six games. "Yeldon doesn't have to carry a heavy workload because of Alabama's depth at running back, but he certainly could be a high-volume guy if asked," Davis wrote. "He's a strong between-the-tackles runner with the ability to bounce outside, and he finishes runs really well. His stock will only be boosted by playing in Lane Kiffin's pro-style offense." TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline graded Yeldon as a preseason Round 2 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 14 - 9:33 PM

A non-SEC coach told ESPN that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims "is terrible."

ESPN's Travis Haney opens his weekly column with a shocking stat: Over the past five years, Alabama ranks No. 3 in yards per play, behind only Oregon and Baylor. This season, the Crimson Tide are averaging 1.5 less yards per play (4.9) than their average from 2009-2013. The analyst believes teams will continue to stack the box and force Alabama to throw, not Sims' forte. "It’s obvious to everyone with a pulse that [Jacob] Coker is the more physically gifted player," Haney wrote. "By the time he was given a chance, against Florida Atlantic in the middle of the second game, he had too much to overcome and pressed. How could anyone be comfortable in that situation? Everything was stacked against him. Even the ESPN crew doing the game, including Heisman-winning QB Andre Ware, was over-the-top pro-Sims. From there, Sims gained more momentum. But things have changed, as noted by the drop in yards per play. It could be time for Alabama to re-evaluate."
Oct 14 - 7:48 PM

Alabama senior WR Christion Jones has hurt his stock as a return specialist as he continues to struggle, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Alabama's Christion Jones' struggles justify being listed here. The preseason All-American return specialist fumbled again Saturday in a 14-13 squeaker over Arkansas," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Jones was replaced during the Arkansas game after muffing the first punt of the game. In the last two games, Jones has lost two fumbles for the Crimson Tide, and has averaged only 4.6 yards on eight punt returns. On the season, the wideout has only recorded 11 catches and "hasn't developed into a productive receiver for the Tide in part due to unreliable hands," according to Rang.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 14 - 4:10 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore TE Kurt Freitag was found with 112 grams of marijuana and $4,661 in cash, but was not arrested or charged.

Freitag was a part of a drug transaction, which was alerted to the media by a confidential informant. The agents did take the cash and drugs. The school will look into the incident.
Oct 14 - 10:03 AM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins is better than recent Crimson Tide safeties Mark Barron, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He is that truly versatile safety, a player literally every team needs," Kiper wrote. "On Saturday we saw more of it. Against Arkansas, he was the best player on the field for both teams. He had an interception, a pair of pass breakups, eight tackles (he leads the Tide defense in that category) and was close to mistake-free aside from one missed tackle, based on my charting. 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." Interestingly, an AFC scout told NFL.com earlier this month that the 6-foot, 215-pound Collins is better than both Clinton-Dix and Barron.
Oct 13 - 11:09 PM


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