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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Alabama LB unhappy 'guys aren't scared to play us anymore'

"Guys aren't scared to play us anymore,"Reggie Ragland said. "It's simple and that's a fact. Guys coming are excited to play us. When I got here, I used to see teams break down in the first half."

"We need to get that back and I think the front seven and the secondary have to do it," Ragland said. "We have to take it one game at a time and it starts with coach Saban in fall camp in 100 degree heat."

Friday, July 17, 2015

Alabama freshmen are impressing

"Really, the entire freshman class has impressed me," running back Kenyan Drake said. "They came in with the hunger and a lot of will to learn from the older (players) who have been here and they've definitely taken on even leadership roles to understand this is a very important year moving forward to continue the process and continue the legacy that other players have left in front of them."

Senior linebacker Reggie Ragland had a few favorites. On defense, he said he's been impressed with cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield,Minkah Fitzpatrick and safety Ronnie Harrison.

On the other side of the ball, running back Damien Harris and receiver Calvin Ridley caught Ragland's eye. 

Senior center Ryan Kelly pointed to early enrollee Brandon Kennedy as a good example.  
"He's done great," Kelly said. "Obviously he had an injury so he was out most of the spring, but talk about a guy, he's a little bit of a quiet guy but he takes everything in and if he doesn't know something, he's not afraid to ask. He's a great guy to have in the locker room. That's one thing that Coach Saban has done, he's done a great job of recruiting guys who want to be there and I think Brandon Kennedy has done a great job of that, and he's is a young guy at that.
"He's going to have a long career, long after I'm gone, I'm looking forward to coming back eventually and watching him play."

Alabama tight end nominated for esteemed off-field honor

Alabama tight end O.J. Howard is one of 197 nominees for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes players for their off-field and community work.

Howard regularly visits Children's Hospital in Birmingham, has spent time with and served as a mentor for children at multiple elementary and middle schools, has spoken at Cross Points, and has participated in the Alabama athletic department's annual Halloween Extravaganza and Read Bama Read initiatives.

A Prattville native, Howard has also done work with the Field of Dreams organization when home, assisting in the building of baseball and softball fields for special needs children.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ken Stabler, Alabama football legend will be missed

Multiple sources said Stabler quietly battled colon cancer in a fight he lost Wednesday night. He was 69. 
Before going on to a pro career with the Oakland Raiders, Stabler starred for Alabama under Bear Bryant from 1964-67.

The Foley product worked on the Alabama radio broadcast team before being replaced in 2008. As a player, Stabler was a freshman for Alabama's 1964 national title season and led the Tide to an 11-0 record as a junior in 1966.

He played in the NFL from 1970-84, completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 27,938 yards. As of 2015, Stabler was not a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Former teammate Scott Hunter said Stabler was "always a fun guy to be around." His best memory of Stabler was his most famous moment in an Alabama jersey. His 53-yard touchdown run against Auburn in 1967 won the Iron Bowl, 7-3.

"With the run in the mud, I was a redshirt sophomore standing on the sidelines with a clipboard," Hunter said by phone Thursday evening. "He came around that right end and started running, and I thought someone surely on the Auburn team would catch him but in that mud, everyone was the same speed. He just kept running and running. I stepped out on the field about two or three paces, then a big guy stepped out in front of me. Of course it was coach Bryant. He blocked my view and I finally looked around him and Kenny kept running. He might score. And he did."

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Alabama lands former Auburn commit Quinnen Williams

"They have always been a top choice of mine," Williams told last week. "I like their tradition and winning ways. They're always in the running to compete for a championship. Their athletic department is second to none and they have a great academic program as far as my major (education) goes. I've developed a great relationship with the coaches -- Coach (Mario) Cristobal, Coach (Bo) Davis and Nick Saban."

Williams was committed to Auburn for more than four months .

"When I committed to Auburn I kind of shut down from everyone to clear my mind and make sure I was doing the right thing," he said.

A three-star prospect and the No. 33 defensive tackle in the 247Sports Composite. He is the fourth defensive lineman to join Alabama's 2016 recruiting class

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Alabama commit Khalid Kareem 'can be really disruptive,' Shawne Merriman says

Former NFL Pro Bowl pass rusher Shawne Merriman spent Thursday viewing video of new Alabama commit Khalid Kareem, a four-star defensive end from Michigan who committed to the Tide Wednesday.

"I like him," Merriman told "He has good hat and hands. Quick off the ball. His lateral movement on stunts is pretty good. Good pursuit down the line of scrimmage chasing the quarterback. But the biggest question for him is: Can he be that dominant on the next level? You're not going to go unblocked so much like he is in high school. He's not going to just dominate everyone because of his size. But he has every bit of potential to do it. It's there."

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Alabama, Florida State will reportedly open 2017 season in new Atlanta Falcons stadium

The Crimson Tide will open the 2017 season against Florida State in the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium, the Palm Beach Post reported Friday evening.

It would be the fifth time Alabama opened a season in Atlanta since 2008. The Tide is unbeaten in the previous four games including last year's 33-23 win over West Virginia.

Alabama will open the 2015 season with Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas. It'll be back in the home of the Dallas Cowboys again in 2016 to kick off the season with USC.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Georgia tight end Miller Forristall commits to Alabama

Alabama got its 15th commitment and second tight end to the 2016 recruiting class when Cartersville, Ga., standout Miller Forristall gave the Crimson Tide staff a verbal pledge.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Forristall is a three-star recruit in the 247Sports composite.He joins Missouri standout Brendan Scales as Alabama's tight end commitments in this class.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

OL commit Charles Baldwin has 'burning desire to be great,' coach says

The nation's No. 2 junior college prospect and four-star recruit  Charles Baldwin will be a good one.

"He's a monster in the weight room," Boden said. "I think he's going to be a big-time player. One of his best characteristics is that he has a burning desire to be great. He wants to be great and play at the highest level.
"He studies all day long. He's taking a lot of credits to make sure he's a mid-year kid, so he's doing a great job with that."

"Offensively, we're extremely similar to what Coach Saban and Coach Kiffin run," Boden said. "We're a pro-style, multiple, NFL-type of offensive system, which is what Coach Kiffin runs. Philosophy-wise, I believe in balance the same way Alabama does.

"I think it's a really good fit for Charles. I think he could play in any system, but for what he does as a player, he fits into what they run at Alabama."

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pensacola OT Alex Leatherwood is Alabama's 3rd commitment in 2 days

"They got a very good player," said Leatherwood's head coach, Charlie Ward. "He's still raw. But he's a big guy with a great future. He's willing to learn and football is very important to him."

Alabama also picked up commitments from wide receiver D.D. Bowie and offensive tackle Netori Johnson on Monday. The trio bumped the Tide's 2017 class to four commitments. Running back Najee Harris was the first to join the class.