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AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama sophomore CB Aaron Robinson will transfer.

Robinson (6'1/175) worked mostly with the second-team defense this spring and was expected to see a backup role for the coming season. He was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, but played sparingly outside of special teams as a true freshman. One note on Robinson to keep in mind -- he has ability as both a corner and a receiver. While Alabama opted to use him as a defensive piece, it will be interesting to see whether some intrigued parties might view him as a wideout.
Source: AL.com
Jul 20 - 6:07 PM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama sophomore RB B.J. Emmons will transfer.

This one comes out of the blue, as there had been no real indication leading up that Emmons was considering a move. It makes sense, though. Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris are expected to receive the bulk of carries during the coming season, with Joshua Jacobs and five-star true freshman Najee Harris also in the conversation for carries. Emmons -- who underwent a pair of foot surgeries to repair a dreaded Lisfranc fracture which cut his 2016 season short -- ranked as Rivals' No. 33 overall prospect coming out of high school. Assuming he latches on with another FBS outfit in the next month, he would need to sit out the coming season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Source: AL.com
Jul 20 - 5:18 PM

Alabama junior WR Calvin Ridley said that freshman WR Henry Ruggs "looks real good."

"He’s really fast, he works hard and he’s one of those guys that comes in every day and just wants to play football," Ridley said. Ruggs ranked as the No. 11 wideout in the 2017 class by the 247Sports' composite. The wideout's place on the depth chart for the coming season should clarify during August camp, but he is clearly already making an early impression on his teammates.
Source: Rivals
Jul 14 - 6:32 PM

In the SEC Media Days preseason poll, Alabama was picked to win the conference.

Shocker of shockers, we know. And it wasn't close. The Tide received 225 first-place votes to win the West. They would need a telescope to see their closest competition in the poll -- Auburn received 13 first-place votes and ranked second for the division. The race was more competitive in the East, where Georgia drew 138 first-place votes to Florida's 96.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 14 - 5:32 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that senior ILB Shaun Dion Hamilton (knee) will be a full-participant in August camp.

Dion Hamilton is on the mend from a torn ACL suffered against Florida in the SEC Championship Game this past season. He had recorded 64 tackles (9.0 for loss), two sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble prior to going down injured. With a healthy campaign, he would put himself in position to draw Day 1 or Day 2 interest in next spring's draft.
Jul 14 - 3:11 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough (leg) is expected to be a full participant in August camp.

Scarbrough (6'2/228) was limited in spring practice due to his continued rehab from the broken leg he suffered against Clemson in the National Championship Game in January. The injury-prone back is 100% recovered from that serious injury, now, and will look to lead the loaded Alabama ground attack for the coming season after rushing for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games last season.
Jul 13 - 4:40 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa will not be redshirting this season and will see the field.

The ballyhooed Tagovailoa, compared by FAU HC Lane Kiffin to Steve Young, is behind returning starter sophomore Jalen Hurts on the depth chart. "We have total faith and confidence in the quarterback that we have, but we want to develop every player on our team and Tua has a lot of potential," Saban said. "We want to continue to develop him. If we feel like he can play winning football, I think it’s going to be important for us to allow him to do that; so, if he gets in a situation that he needs to play, he’s going to be able to play winning football for us. We want to continue his development and a part of that development is he needs to play in games. So, to answer your question, absolutely." Tagovailoa starred in the spring game, where he threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns.
Jul 13 - 2:32 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban says he'll grant NFL scouts "the ultimate level of access" to his program.

"Well, we give the ultimate level of access to the NFL," Saban said Wednesday. "My theory on it is, when we have young players who are making a decision about going out for the draft, we want to get the best possible information relative to where they will get picked because where they get picked goes a long way into saying what is the business decision that I should make." The NFL and the American Football Coaches Association agreed last year to allow scouts extra access to select underclassmen to aid the NFL College Advisory Committee in providing better feedback on the draft status of prospects. Some programs have been reticent to grant more access, but Alabama and Arkansas are two programs that aren't. "I let them take heights, weights, measurements, academic profiles, (and) some limited testing that allows them to get a better feel," Hogs HC Bret Bielema said Monday.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 4:02 PM

No players were selected in the Supplemental Draft on Wednesday.

The two players eligible -- Georgia Military College DE Tavares Bingham and Western New Mexico RB Marques Rodgers -- are not NFL prospects. This is the second straight year no selections have been made in the Supplemental Draft. The Rams used a fifth-rounder to take OT Isaiah Battle in 2015.
Jul 12 - 2:34 PM

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick ran a 4.39 forty for NFL scouts this spring.

Fitzpatrick has seen plenty of snaps at corner and safety during his time with the Crimson Tide, switch to the latter once Eddie Jackson went down. Few safeties display that type of speed, especially in the spring where many players run off the couch. The saying goes "if you can run, you will run," and Fitzpatrick certainly did that for evaluators. Fitzpatrick will be in the discussion for the first defensive back off the board. Long safeties who run 4.39s get moved to corner. The positional value makes sense.
Jul 12 - 11:03 AM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban pointed out the school is returning its starting QB for the first time since the 2013 season.

That was A.J. McCarron. Blake Sims, Jacob Coker, Jalen Hurts and others have played for the Crimson Tide since. Hurts started as a true freshman last season and produced a few moments, but as the season went on defenses forced him to throw intermediate and downfield and Hurts could not step up to the plate. Watch those final weeks and realize Hurts held the offense back and was most successful as a runner. He needs to take a leap as a composed passer in order for Alabama to win the title.
Jul 12 - 10:28 AM

Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, says no expansion is coming in the near future.

"Why monkey with a good thing?" Hancock said. Well, to possibly improve it. The playoff and subsequent National Championship have been great, but an expanded field could be even more entertaining, especially with the growing sentiment that bowl games lack juice with more and more top prospects sitting them out.
Jul 12 - 10:11 AM

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey dismissed talk of division realignment in the conference.

We didn't expect realignment -- Auburn AD Jay Jacobs broached the possibility earlier this offseason -- and Sankey has not budged off his previous spring stance. That stance essentially boiling down to, "Um...no." Said Sankey in his opening remarks for SEC Media Days on Monday, "It is a conversation in most large press conferences in which I appear, and that's the extent of the conversation."
Source: AL.com
Jul 10 - 5:31 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff writes that if Alabama senior ILB Shaun Dion Hamilton (knee) can put in a healthy campaign, he "could be one of the nation's best linebackers."

Dion Hamilton (6'0/232) tore his ACL against Florida in the SEC Championship Game after notching 64 tackles (9.0 for loss), two sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble during the regular season. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks him as the No. 2 senior draft prospect at his position.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 10 - 2:09 PM

SEC Network's Paul Finebaum predicts that Alabama will face Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

If this plays out, it would be the third consecutive time that Florida and Alabama have met in the conference title tilt. Finebaum likes the boys from Tuscaloosa to win that hypothetical match-up yet again -- they have rolled Florida by a combined score of 83-31 in the two previous contests. Expect plenty more SEC predictions to roll in this week from various pundits with SEC Media Days on the verge of descending upon the nation.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 10 - 1:22 PM


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