Friday, August 28, 2015

Who starts at CB opposite of Cyrus Jones?

"I really haven't decided who we'll play in the game," Saban said. "It's who gives up the fewest plays and who can be responsible and do their job. I think that's the most important thing when you play that position."

"Marlon has played out there and done a pretty good job," Saban said. "Mo [Smith] has played and done a pretty good job. Tony Brown has played out there and done a pretty good job. Averett. So there's a lot of competition there."

Friday, August 21, 2015

Transfer WR Richard Mullaney 'definitely going to help us this year,' Nick Saban says

Mullaney arrived in Tuscaloosa this June after graduating and getting his transfer release from Oregon State. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound receiver was viewed as a nice way to bolster Alabama's receiver depth, but expectations were fairly low. He had a solid 2013 season, finishing with 52 catches for 788 yards while playing second fiddle to Brandin Cooks (now with the New Orleans Saints), but missed the majority of last year with an elbow injury.

"He's been doing a really good job," Saban said. "He's got great hands, very smart player, very instinctive, knows how to get open and is especially effective in the slot. He's definitely going to help us this year, and his maturity and experience is something that to a very young, inexperienced group has been very welcomed by us, and, I think, our other players."

"He's great," said defensive back Maurice Smith. "Good hands, good speed, good blocker. He gets to the ball even when he's not getting the ball. He likes to block. I think he's going to be a good receiver for us."

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Alabama freshman defensive end not practicing, not expected to be cleared for 'awhile

Alabama freshman defensive end Anfernee Jennings is not taking part in football activities and is not expected to be cleared for "awhile" after undergoing a procedure to repair a slipped disc in his back, Tide coach Nick Saban said Wednesday.

The injury was discovered when Jennings, who failed a physical, arrived in Tuscaloosa this summer.

Jennings is on campus rehabbing, Saban said.
Rivals ranked the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Jennings as a four-star recruit and the 10th-best defensive end prospect in this year's recruiting class.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Preseason coaches poll has Alabama at #3

The Crimson Tide landed at No. 3 in the preseason coaches poll released Thursday morning. Defending national champion Ohio State led the voting by a large margin as Alabama fell 35 votes short of No. 2 TCU. The Tide finished No. 4 last season after picking up a No. 2 preseason ranking.

The poll draws ballots from 64 head coaches including Alabama's Nick Saban.
Alabama in preseason coaches poll under Nick Saban
2015 ... 3
2014 ... 2
2013 ... 1
2012 ... 2
2011 ... 2
2010 ... 1
2009 ... 5
2008 ... not ranked
2007 ... not ranked 

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."