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Alabama head coach Nick Saban notes that they are limiting Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon in practice so he can "come back and be able to be most effective playing."

"It's a medical decision as to what would be the best way for him to be able to come back and be able to be most effective playing," Nick Saban said. "That decision was to really limit what he does until we come back after Christmas. So he's doing a lot of rehab and a lot of conditioning-type stuff that is not going to put strain on the hamstring and some of the injuries that he's sorta had." Just a month ago the Crimson Tide RB sprained his ankle against LSU and had injured his hamstring in the first month of the season.
Source: Al.com
Dec 23 - 2:58 PM

Alabama senior FB Jalston Fowler has accepted his invitation to the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot, 245-pound FB has been a punishing blocker for the Crimson Tide this season. Fowler has 69 rush yards -- along with eight catches for 115 yards, including two scores -- but he's a punishing lead blocker who has the NFL's attention.
Dec 22 - 3:21 PM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins is considered a "lock" to declare for the NFL draft, according to Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin.

"The Collins camp has conducted preliminary meetings with agents in an effort to vet potential representatives," Getlin tweeted. Collins is considered by many to be the top defensive back prospect in this class and has experience from both single high safety and in the box looks. With demand at the position so high and supply so low, Collins has a chance to be a top 10 selection.
Dec 22 - 10:01 AM

When called upon, Alabama sophomore tight end O.J. Howard has "flashed the talent that made him the No. 2 tight end recruit coming out of high school in 2013," according to Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

"When called upon" being the operative words. As Scout Inc. notes, Howard hasn't caught more than three passes in a game since arriving on campus, mostly because there are so many mouths to feed on the loaded Tide roster. "Listed at 6-6 and 240 pounds, he has the toughness to make plays over the middle, in addition to the speed to take the top off the coverage and break long runs after the catch," wrote Muench and Weidl.
Dec 20 - 12:55 AM

Alabama freshman OT Cameron Robinson "has shown flashes of dominance when healthy," according to Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

Robinson suffered an ankle injury against Tennessee and hobbled through the LSU game, though the analysts didn't begrudge him, writing that "the fact he didn't miss any time is a reflection of his toughness." Robinson, a five-star recruit, made ESPN’s True Freshman All-America Team. "Listed at 6-6 and 323 pounds, he's an aggressive drive-blocker with the strength to move defenders off the ball and finish," Muench and Weidl wrote. "While he gets caught lunging at times, he has the length, anchor and foot speed to stone pass-rushers in pass protection."
Dec 19 - 8:32 PM

Alabama sophomore DL A'Shawn Robinson's "ability to push the pocket and get his hands up in passing lanes makes him a disruptive pass-rusher," writes Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

Of course, Robinson's contributions to the pass rush are merely a cherry in addition to his real value. "Robinson is an important cog in one of the stingiest run defenses in the country," Muench and Weidl wrote. "Listed at 6-4 and 320 pounds, he has the size and lower-body strength to clog up the middle when he lines up at defensive or nose tackle, in addition to the length to set the edge when he lines up at defensive end in Alabama's multiple-front defense." Robinson, ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle and the fifth-best player in the nation overall prior to last year, isn't eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Dec 18 - 3:20 PM

NFL scouts told NFL.com that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper would have been ranked behind Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. had he been in the 2014 draft.

Watkins, Evans, and Beckham Jr. all went in the top 12 of last year's draft. While this is an interesting report, it's ultimately a meaningless apples to oranges comparison. Cooper is considered by many to be the best receiver in the 2015 class, and he'll likely be a top 10 pick. "Cooper is certainly an intriguing prospect capable of being a Day 1 starter in the NFL, but he is not a talent capable of revolutionizing the position when he enters the league," reported NFL.com. "The scouts' opinions here appear in line with those NFL Media reporter Albert Breer spoke with recently, saying Cooper lacks a 'wow' factor."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 10:38 AM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins' mother April Justin expects her son to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

"That was the plan: Three years in, three years out," Justin said. Collins has said he'll announced his decision after the season. His mother, however, must not have received the memo. "I'm waiting to go to Dallas, because we're gonna get there," said Justin, referring to this year's national championship game that will be at the Dallas Cowbody's AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. "He came in with a bang, and he's gonna leave with a bang." The 6-foot, 222-pound safety is a projected first-round selection.
Source: AL.com
Dec 18 - 10:24 AM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins "is a good player, but he's not elite," said an AFC executive.

"I have some concerns about his range and ability to match up in man coverage," the exec said. "I love his physicality and toughness." We're a bit surprised that the evaluator has reservations about Collins' range, and we aren't the only ones. "Physicality, drive and toughness have never been weaknesses for Collins, a five-star recruit and the No. 1 safety in the 2012 class," noted NFL.com. "The 'he's not elite' comment and questions about his range are a bit surprising as Collins was recently lauded by an NFL scout as the best Alabama safety in the last several years, better than former first-round picks Mark Barron (No. 7 overall by Tampa Bay in 2012) and HaHa Clinton-Dix (No. 21 by Green Bay in 2014)."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 12:46 AM

Alabama redshirt senior OG Arie Kouandjio faces a critical matchup against Ohio State DT Michael Bennett in the Sugar Bowl, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"After a slow start, Bennett has been on fire the last five games, including four tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles in the Big Ten Championship Game," Brugler wrote. "While most will have their eyes on how DE Joey Bosa fares against Alabama's offensive tackles, Kouandjio will often line up across from Ohio State's penetrating interior tackle and have his hands full trying to mirror and stonewall Bennett." The analyst is extremely high on Cyrus' brother, believing the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Arie to have top-75 potential in the 2015 class.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 17 - 6:01 PM

Crimson Tide freshman LT Cameron Robinson makes ESPN’s True Freshman All-America Team.

"Everyone expected big things from Robinson as a recruit, but starting every game as a freshman left tackle? At Alabama? That's impressive, and Robinson only figures to become a more dominant performer as he gains experience," wrote ESPN.com. The freshman tackle was a five-star recruit out of Louisiana and has the potential to grow into a star for Alabama.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 15 - 2:31 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that scouts are excited about Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper's "great agility and first-step acceleration."

"It isn't just the production in Lane Kiffin's pro-style scheme, however, that has scouts excited. Cooper possesses great agility and first-step acceleration, which make him a nightmare to cover," Rang writes. The Crimson Tide prospect has had a monster year, with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Rang notes that Cooper "projects as a potential immediate impact performer in the NFL." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper is considered to be a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Dec 12 - 3:10 PM

NFL Media reporter Albert Breer reports that one AFC scout says that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper isn't "elite."

"Well ... "He's an easy route runner," one AFC area scout told Albert Breer. "Not a lot of wasted movement, solid hands, good speed. But I wouldn't say he's elite. He does a lot of things really well." The Heisman hopeful has 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014. The Scout mentioned that Cooper "just doesn't do anything with a 'Wow' factor like (Sammy) Watkins, (Mike) Evans or (Odell) Beckham last year." With that being said, Cooper is still considered to be the best wideout in the country, and a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 12 - 2:40 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims has accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl.

Sims joins ECU's Shane Carden as the only two acceptances at the position. Many have doubted Sims throughout the season. In fact, one non-SEC coach told ESPN he thinks Sims is "terrible." Or was, I guess. Sims can throw downfield and has plenty of mobility to find space. He certainly has flaws and will be critiqued for his size.
Dec 11 - 10:49 AM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin expects junior WR Amari Cooper to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

"I don't have to worry about him coming back next year," Kiffin said. "That's pretty much done." With two potential remaining games, Cooper has 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. The Heisman Trophy finalist is a projected top-10 pick in the 2015 draft. This year's underclassmen must declare by the Jan. 15 deadline.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 11 - 12:13 AM


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