Touchdown Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com Alabama's Premier Football Website Tue, 10 Dec 2019 02:25:45 -0600 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 135213907 Did the CFP committee get it wrong placing Alabama at No. 13? https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/09/did-the-cfp-committee-get-it-wrong-placing-alabama-at-no-13/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 02:25:45 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71717 Although it will not be in the College Football Playoff, the CFP committee could have at least provided it with an opportunity to be in a New Year’s Six bowl. On Sunday, the committee dropped Alabama to No. 13 – leaving every Crimson Tide fan wanting an explanation.  While it ultimately gets a chance to […]]]>

Although it will not be in the College Football Playoff, the CFP committee could have at least provided it with an opportunity to be in a New Year’s Six bowl. On Sunday, the committee dropped Alabama to No. 13 – leaving every Crimson Tide fan wanting an explanation. 

While it ultimately gets a chance to face Jim Harbaugh and Michigan in the Citrus Bowl, the move was the final piece of “Alabama fatigue” for this season. Nick Saban and company lost its games by a combined eight points, which was the fewest among teams 5-13 in the rankings. 

RELATED: See how LSU reacted after beating Alabama versus winning SEC Championship against UGA

Did the committee get it wrong? 

On Monday, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine discussed the Tide’s latest ranking and how it should at least be playing in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The CFP committee completely misfired on this one. Alabama’s next game will be inside Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on New Year’s Day for 2020. 

You can also listen to the audio version of the podcast via Spreaker. 

Listen to “CFP committe angers Tide fans with final rankings” on Spreaker.

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WATCH: Alabama prepares for another huge week on the recruiting trail https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/09/watch-alabama-prepares-for-another-huge-week-on-the-recruiting-trail/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 01:18:29 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71710 Alabama football is set for another huge recruiting weekend as they look to make moves to ensure the early signing period works out in their favor. Touchdown Alabama’s Scouting/Recruiting Analyst, Justin Smith, breaks down what is going on in Tuscaloosa this weekend and takes a look back at Alabama’s previous recruiting weekend on “The Process.” […]]]>

Alabama football is set for another huge recruiting weekend as they look to make moves to ensure the early signing period works out in their favor.

Touchdown Alabama’s Scouting/Recruiting Analyst, Justin Smith, breaks down what is going on in Tuscaloosa this weekend and takes a look back at Alabama’s previous recruiting weekend on “The Process.”

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Jalen Hurts selected as one of four finalists for Heisman Trophy presentation https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/09/jalen-hurts-selected-as-one-of-four-finalists-for-heisman-trophy-presentation/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:57:14 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71711 He is going to New York City.  It will be interesting to see who wins this year’s Heisman Memorial Trophy, but Jalen Hurts has been selected as one of four finalists for the honor. A former Alabama standout that’s now at Oklahoma, Hurts has already made history in becoming the first quarterback of the College […]]]>

He is going to New York City. 

It will be interesting to see who wins this year’s Heisman Memorial Trophy, but Jalen Hurts has been selected as one of four finalists for the honor.

A former Alabama standout that’s now at Oklahoma, Hurts has already made history in becoming the first quarterback of the College Football Playoff era to start for two schools in the CFP.

He guided the Sooners to a Big 12 Championship over the weekend and looks to win a national championship as a starter. 

According to a tweet from the Heisman Trophy Trust, Hurts joins Joe Burrow (LSU), Justin Fields (Ohio State) and Chase Young (Ohio State) as finalists. The native Texan captains one of college football’s top scoring offenses (43.2 ppg), while he accounts for 51 total touchdowns. 

Hurts totaled his first career 3,000-yard passing season (3,634) and also rushed for over 1,000 yards (1,255).

With the presentation of the Heisman coming on Saturday, it will be a photo finish in terms of votes yet Hurts does have the strongest narrative.

RELATED: Jalen Hurts makes history becoming first QB to start for multiple CFP teams

Congratulations to him.  

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Mark Barron keeping Steelers in forefront of AFC playoffs https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/09/mark-barron-keeping-steelers-in-forefront-of-afc-playoffs/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 22:11:55 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71662 Pairing him with Minkah Fitzpatrick was obviously a good move on behalf of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Mark Barron was a one-man show on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.  A native of Mobile, Ala., the former All-American safety and two-time BCS National Champion (2009, 2011) at Alabama kept the Steelers in the AFC’s second wildcard […]]]>

Pairing him with Minkah Fitzpatrick was obviously a good move on behalf of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Mark Barron was a one-man show on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. 

A native of Mobile, Ala., the former All-American safety and two-time BCS National Champion (2009, 2011) at Alabama kept the Steelers in the AFC’s second wildcard spot for the playoffs with his performance. 

He led the team in total tackles (seven) and posted one tackle for loss, which was a sack of rookie quarterback, Kyler Murray of the Cardinals. Barron was a force in the backfield for Pittsburgh in its 23-17 victory, collecting his sixth game with at least six tackles.  

RELATED: Falcons WR Calvin Ridley out for the season with abdominal injury

He chimes in with 69 tackles on the season – including five for loss with three sacks. 

Barron also has two pass breakups, one interception and one fumble as he has the Steelers positioned at 8-5.

Should it win-out the remainder of its schedule, which includes a regular season finale versus Baltimore and a date with the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh will be playoff bound.

With Barron at linebacker, the team is fifth in the National Football League in total defense (310.9 ypg), fifth in pass defense (209.8 ypg) and ninth in rush defense (101.2 ypg). 

He anchors a group that has allowed just five rushing touchdowns and a passer rating 81.2 to opposing quarterbacks.

Barron and the Steelers will battle the Bills (9-4) this week at home. 

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Alabama OLB Anfernee Jennings accepts Senior Bowl invitation https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/09/alabama-olb-anfernee-jennings-accepts-senior-bowl-invitation/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 20:41:53 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71700 Alabama outside linebacker Anfernee Jennings will be on his way to Mobile, AL as he becomes the third member of the team to accept his invitation to the Senior Bowl. Jennings, who was just named to the AP All-SEC First Team, will be joining Alabama safety Jared Mayden and defensive lineman Raekwon Davis. The Dadeville, […]]]>

Alabama outside linebacker Anfernee Jennings will be on his way to Mobile, AL as he becomes the third member of the team to accept his invitation to the Senior Bowl. Jennings, who was just named to the AP All-SEC First Team, will be joining Alabama safety Jared Mayden and defensive lineman Raekwon Davis.

The Dadeville, AL., native finished third on the team in tackles with 73, along with 12 tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries, five pass breakups, one interception and a team-leading 7.5 sacks.

“Most of the guys that have been here for four and five years, they’ve had to overcome a lot of adversity, like Anfernee Jennings,” said head coach Nick Saban. “The guy had a really tough injury a few years ago and really worked hard to get back and wanted to come back this year. Of course, he didn’t think he was quite as good as he could be last year, and he’s done a fantastic job for us this year. I think he’s one of the top production guys, and I think he has created value for himself.”

During the Alabama team awards ceremony on Sunday, Jennings was named as one of the four permanent captains on the team.

Alabama still have three players on the 2020 Reeses Senior Bowl watchlist in defensive back Shyheim Carter, Trevon Diggs and offensive lineman Matt Womack.

The Reeses Senior Bowl will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile,AL

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Alabama lands a trio of players on Pro Football Focus’ All-Freshman Team https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/09/alabama-lands-a-trio-of-players-on-pro-football-focus-all-freshman-team/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 20:16:39 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71696 After releasing its SEC Team of the Year and All-American Team, Pro Football Focus unveiled its All-Freshman Team on last week. A trio of young stars from the University of Alabama made the cut, including two players on defense. Although it’s focused on the early signing period, the Crimson Tide will soon begin work for […]]]>

After releasing its SEC Team of the Year and All-American Team, Pro Football Focus unveiled its All-Freshman Team on last week.

A trio of young stars from the University of Alabama made the cut, including two players on defense.

Although it’s focused on the early signing period, the Crimson Tide will soon begin work for Michigan in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 2020. 

The venue will be at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. 

Evan Neal, DJ Dale and Christian Harris were named to PFF’s All-Freshman Team. 

Neal, a native Floridian, earned recognition at left guard. 

The 6-foot-7, 360-pounder was a five-star in the 2019 class and was a marquee contributor in helping Najee Harris record his first 1,000-yard rushing season. With Neal leading the way, Harris totaled 1,088 yards with 11 touchdowns on 185 carries.

Neal started all 12 games for Alabama, setting the edge for Harris to average 5.8 yards per carry and 90.7 yards per game. 

He also did not allow a sack in 392 pass-blocking snaps. 

RELATED: Tua Tagovailoa, Anfernee Jennings among permanent team captains for Alabama

Dale, a native of Birmingham, Ala., was honored on the defensive line. 

As an interior player, he finished the regular season with 17 total tackles – including three for loss, one sack and one quarterback pressure.

The 6-foot-3, 308-pound was solid against the run all year and will look to fine-tune his technique as an inside pass rusher for next season. 

Harris, who hails from Baton Rouge, La., was named at linebacker. 

He was nervous through the first few weeks, but Harris made huge strides at weakside “Will” linebacker throughout the year. His regular season concluded with 54 tackles, including 5.5 coming for loss.

Harris also collected five quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in the Iron Bowl versus Auburn. He had the highest run-stop grade among freshman linebackers that played 200 or more snaps (9.7%) and this was by a wide margin. 

The trio of Dale, Harris and Neal will be even better in 2020. 

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley out for the season with abdominal injury https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/09/falcons-wr-calvin-ridley-out-for-the-season-with-abdominal-injury/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:27:35 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71692 In a post on Instagram earlier on Monday, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley announced he will miss the remainder of the 2019 season with an abdominal injury. Ridley suffered the injury during last Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers where he exited the game in the third quarter and did not return. Ridley’s injury […]]]>

In a post on Instagram earlier on Monday, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley announced he will miss the remainder of the 2019 season with an abdominal injury. Ridley suffered the injury during last Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers where he exited the game in the third quarter and did not return.

Ridley’s injury only adds to what has already been a disappointing season for Atlanta, who expected to be back in the playoff mix as it boasted one of the more talented skill positions in football. The team currently sits at 4-9 at the bottom of the NFC South.

Before the injury, Ridley was making name for himself in the NFL and he and fellow former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones were turning into quite the one-two punch through the air. The former first-round pick ends the season with 63 receptions, 866 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

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Alabama leads SEC with 11 players named to AP All-SEC teams https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/09/alabama-leads-sec-with-11-players-named-to-ap-all-sec-teams/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:09:43 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71689 On Monday, the Associated Press released its All-SEC football team for the 2019 season and it showed that Alabama had left its stamp on the conference. The team led the way with a total of 11 players named to teams with five of them earning first-team spots. Coming with the second-most players on the list […]]]>

On Monday, the Associated Press released its All-SEC football team for the 2019 season and it showed that Alabama had left its stamp on the conference. The team led the way with a total of 11 players named to teams with five of them earning first-team spots.

Coming with the second-most players on the list were the LSU Tigers who had 10 players overall with four on the first-team.

The teams were decided by a 28 member media panel who cast their votes on each player.

Below are the voting results of the AP All-SEC Teams:

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB: Joe Burrow, LSU

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

RB: Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

T: Andrew Thomas, Georgia

T: Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama

G: Trey Smith, Tennessee

G: Logan Stenberg, Kentucky

C: Drake Jackson, Kentucky

TE: Kyle Pitts, Florida

WR: Ja’Mar Chase, LSU

WR: DeVonta Smith, Alabama

All-purpose: Lynn Bowden Jr., Kentucky

K: Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia

Defense

DE: Marlon Davidson, Auburn

DE: Jonathan Greenard, Florida

DT: Derrick Brown, Auburn

DT Jordan Elliot, Missouri

LB: Nick Bolton, Missouri

LB: K.J. Britt, Auburn

LB: Anfernee Jennings, Alabama

CB: Trevon Diggs, Alabama

CB: Derek Stingley Jr., LSU

S: Xavier McKinney, Alabama

S: Nigel Warrior, Tennessee

P: Max Duffy, Kentucky

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

RB: Najee Harris, Alabama

RB: D’Andre Swift, Georgia

T: Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

T: Isaiah Wilson, Georgia

G: Landon Dickerson, Alabama

G: Damien Lewis, LSU

C: Trey Hill, Georgia

TE: Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M

WR: Justin Jefferson, LSU

WR: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

All-purpose: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

K: Cade York, LSU

Defense

DE: Chauncy Rivers, Mississippi State

DE: D.J. Wonnum, South Carolina

DT: Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

DT: Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M

LB: K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

LB: De’Jon Harris, Arkansas

LB: David Reese, Florida*(tie)

LB: Montry Rice, Georgia*(tie)

CB: Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina*(tie)

CB: Kristian Fulton, LSU*(tie)

CB: Eric Stokes, Georgia*(tie)

S: Grant Delpit, LSU

S: Jerimiah Dinson, Auburn

P: Braden Mann, Texas A&M

Offensive Player of the Year

Joe Burrow, LSU

Defensive Player of the Year

Derrick Brown, Auburn

Newcomer of the Year

Derek Stingley Jr., LSU

Coach of the Year

Ed Orgeron, LS

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Jalen Hurts makes history becoming first QB to start for multiple CFP teams https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/09/jalen-hurts-makes-history-becoming-first-qb-to-start-for-multiple-cfp-teams/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:14:04 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71685 He posted a video to Twitter with the caption: “I Got That Feelin’” and everyone knows the feeling he is referring to. “I Got That Feelin’” #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/HNPweUdqRw — Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) December 8, 2019 His road was not easy, but Jalen Hurts has exuded grace, competitiveness and a non-stop determination along the way.   After […]]]>

He posted a video to Twitter with the caption: “I Got That Feelin’” and everyone knows the feeling he is referring to.

His road was not easy, but Jalen Hurts has exuded grace, competitiveness and a non-stop determination along the way.  

After three consecutive appearances in the College Football Playoff at Alabama, Hurts made history on last week – becoming the first quarterback to start for multiple CFP schools. 

He delivered the University of Oklahoma to a Big 12 Championship and has an opportunity to capture his first national title as a starter.

While he and Joe Burrow of LSU will be toe-to-toe for the Heisman Memorial Trophy, Hurts’ narrative presents a strong case for him to win. Should he be rewarded, the native Texan would be third consecutive Heisman winner for Lincoln Riley.  

RELATED: Jalen Hurts leads Oklahoma to Big 12 title and a likely spot in CFP

He was an important piece of the Crimson Tide’s 2017 national championship and rescued the program to a Southeastern Conference title last season.

For Alabama fans that have a soft spot for Hurts, he will be cheered on to win a national title.

He guides an offense that averages 43.2 points per game and has recorded his first career 3,000-yard passing season (3,634) with 32 touchdown passes to seven interceptions.

Hurts also leads the Sooners in rushing with 1,255 yards and 18 scores on 219 carries.  

He will enter this year’s CFP as the most experienced quarterback. 

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See how LSU reacted after beating Alabama versus winning SEC Championship against UGA https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/09/see-how-lsu-reacted-after-beating-alabama-versus-winning-sec-championship-against-uga/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 17:38:05 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71681 “When you get to the top of the mountain, you become the mountain.”- Nick Saban  The Alabama head football coach made this statement in his HBO documentary with Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. He has been at the top of the college football mountain since 2009, and has been able to withstand LSU, […]]]>

“When you get to the top of the mountain, you become the mountain.”- Nick Saban 

The Alabama head football coach made this statement in his HBO documentary with Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. He has been at the top of the college football mountain since 2009, and has been able to withstand LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Florida and an Atlantic Coast Conference challenger in Clemson in the process. When a program does defeat the Crimson Tide, it becomes the equivalent of winning a Super Bowl – due to its sustained dominance. 

Whether it’s rival fans or national media, so many live to see Saban lose. 

RELATED: Wondering why Alabama is at No.13? Here’s the committee’s explanation

Upon defeating the Tide in last year’s College Football Playoff National Championship, the conversation was less on Clemson’s win and more on Alabama’s loss. Even with the team not involved for the Southeastern Conference title game, people couldn’t stop discussing Alabama. 

A prime example as to why the Tide pays the bills in the sport is LSU’s reaction after beating it, in comparison to the reaction after winning an SEC title. Per the video listed below, Joe Burrow runs down the line to embrace every Tiger fan after knocking off the Tide. It had not beaten its SEC West foe in eight attempts (since 2011), so it felt as though a huge weight was lifted off. 

While it was overjoyed to beat Alabama, LSU did not carry the same energy after Georgia. 

It was a basic walk down the aisle and shaking the hands of supporters, as if it had been down this road before.

This adds to the point of it means more for teams to beat the Tide versus winning championships.

As much as people want to see Saban and the Tide go away, it is not fading anytime soon. The Tide is hard at work on the recruiting trail and after it faces Michigan in the Citrus Bowl, the goal returns to doing all things possible to get back to a national championship. 

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Tua Tagovailoa, Anfernee Jennings among permanent team captains for Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/08/tua-tagovailoa-anfernee-jennings-among-permanent-team-captains-for-alabama/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 03:49:16 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71665 On Sunday, Alabama football held its annual awards banquet at the Birmingham (Ala.) Sheraton.  Prior to facing Michigan in the Citrus Bowl, Nick Saban and his staff awarded some players for their hard work throughout the season. While the year did not yield the team’s ultimate goal, it still has an opportunity to finish the […]]]>

On Sunday, Alabama football held its annual awards banquet at the Birmingham (Ala.) Sheraton. 

Prior to facing Michigan in the Citrus Bowl, Nick Saban and his staff awarded some players for their hard work throughout the season.

While the year did not yield the team’s ultimate goal, it still has an opportunity to finish the campaign with a victory.

The Crimson Tide named four permanent team captains – Tua Tagovailoa, Anfernee Jennings, DeVonta Smith and Xavier McKinney – for the final game of the football year versus Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. 

RELATED: Alabama to have players meeting between draft eligible players

All four players will have their hand and cleat print enshrined at Denny Chimes.

The honors are all listed via rolltide.com, but a few of them are written below. 

Unsung Hero Award 

To the player who has made significant contributions to the success of the team and received the least recognition for it 

Josh Jobe, Kendall Randolph, Major Tennison, Chris Owens, Matt Womack 

Iron Man Award 

To the player(s) who have shown the most dedication to the individual and team goals of the Crimson Tide’s year-round strength and conditioning program 

DJ Dale, Christian Harris, Evan Neal, Byron Young 

Most Inspiring Player 

To the player who affects the whole team by his attitude as well as his performance (voted on by the players)  

Tua Tagovailoa 

Outstanding Defensive Performer 

To the player with the most tackles/points 

Trevon Diggs, Anfernee Jennings, Terrell Lewis, Xavier McKinney 

 

Up-Front Award 

To the outstanding lineman from each unit 

Deonte Brown, Landon Dickerson, Christian Barmore, Phidarian Mathis 

 

Special Teams Player of the Year Award 

To the most valuable special teams player 

Slade Bolden, Thomas Fletcher, Ale Kaho, Jaylen Waddle 

 

Offensive Player of the Year Award 

To the most valuable offensive player 

Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Jedrick Wills Jr. 

 

Defensive Player of the Year Award 

To the most valuable defensive player 

Anfernee Jennings, Xavier McKinney 

 

Most Valuable Player Award 

To the overall most valuable player on the team (voted on by the players) 

Tua Tagovailoa  

 

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Javion Cohen thoroughly enjoys official visit to Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/08/javion-cohen-thoroughly-enjoys-official-visit-to-alabama/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 02:05:16 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71652 Alabama hosted 4-Star offensive lineman, Javion Cohen, for an official visit on Friday through Saturday and Cohen enjoyed all of it. Cohen is currently verbally committed to Auburn. The 2020 4-Star recruit is still considering Alabama as he is fresh off of an official visit to Tuscaloosa. Cohen said the visit went just as plan. […]]]>

Alabama hosted 4-Star offensive lineman, Javion Cohen, for an official visit on Friday through Saturday and Cohen enjoyed all of it.

Cohen is currently verbally committed to Auburn. The 2020 4-Star recruit is still considering Alabama as he is fresh off of an official visit to Tuscaloosa. Cohen said the visit went just as plan.

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Derrick Henry runs wild on Raiders, pushes Titans to four-game win streak https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/08/derrick-henry-runs-wild-on-raiders-pushes-titans-to-four-game-win-streak/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 01:48:49 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71654 No defense wants any part of Derrick Henry.  He may be the biggest running back in the National Football League, but it does not mean he is not athletic. The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder packs a stiff arm, juke moves and speed for days as he continues to carry the playoff hopes of the Tennessee Titans on […]]]>

No defense wants any part of Derrick Henry. 

He may be the biggest running back in the National Football League, but it does not mean he is not athletic.

The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder packs a stiff arm, juke moves and speed for days as he continues to carry the playoff hopes of the Tennessee Titans on his shoulders. He collected his fifth 100-yard outing on Sunday versus the Oakland Raiders in a 42-21 win for the Titans. 

Henry pounded the Raiders for 103 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, to a tune of 5.7 yards per rush.

He had a long run of 24 yards, while five of his 18 attempts went for either first downs or scores. After having two 100-yard performances in the month of November, Henry is starting this month with a bang and currently sits as one of the best backs in the league.

RELATED: No one can stop Derrick Henry as he keeps the Titans playoff hopes alive

He’s in the top-five for carries (250), rushing yards (1,243) and touchdowns (13), while his average of yards per carry (4.9) has him in the top-10. Despite a few NFL Draft analysts believing his style would not translate to the professional game, Henry now has back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He has the Titans on a four-game winning streak and with an 8-5 record.

The franchise stands at No. 7, in terms of the AFC playoffs, and needs Pittsburgh (8-5) to lose a game.

Although the Steelers have Baltimore to tango with, the Titans have two more meetings against Houston and a date with the Saints. 

He carried Alabama to a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2015, so Henry is highly capable of delivering the Titans to a postseason berth. 

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Former Alabama football player’s mother give scathing account of life under Nick Saban’s guidance https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/08/joshua-frazier-mother-rips-nick-saban-alabama-football/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 01:03:11 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71631 Former Alabama football player, Joshua Frazier’s, mother opened up about her son’s experience at the University of Alabama on Friday in a personal blog post, and the contents were beyond compelling. Frazier played for Alabama from 2014 to 2018. The Arkansas native finished his career at the Capstone with 28 total tackles and was selected […]]]>

Former Alabama football player, Joshua Frazier’s, mother opened up about her son’s experience at the University of Alabama on Friday in a personal blog post, and the contents were beyond compelling.

Frazier played for Alabama from 2014 to 2018. The Arkansas native finished his career at the Capstone with 28 total tackles and was selected in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In her post directed to Alabama recruits and parents, Donna Frazier spoke out against what she allegedly said happened to Joshua when he was injured, which lead to him having an addiction.

She began her criticism in the blog by discussing Alabama’s recruiting tactics during campus visits.

“Without question, you and your families have endured and sacrificed much throughout this journey,” Donna Frazier said in her blog. “Having grown wiser and stronger for being on this journey, I’d like to share with you what you can expect from this program as a player and as a parent or loved one. You should expect that this school will roll out the red carpet for you, but you will need to take extreme care that this carpet is not leading you directly into a ditch. And if it does, as it has for so many others, have a solid action plan in place for how to GET OUT!”

Joshua’s mother then spoke out against the way the program addresses injuries and used Tua Tagovailoa as an example.

“As far as this program is concerned, I believe it takes way too many risks with the bodies and minds of their players. Consider Nick Saban’s handling of the very seriously injured Tua Tagovailoa during this past season. Coach Saban demonstrated a lack of discretion and judgment by putting this young man in the game after he limped off the field against LSU just one week earlier. Although Tua clearly lacked the ability and mobility to avoid defenders effectively, he was put in the very next game which ended with him being carted off the field with a dislocated hip. Rather than give him the time needed to heal and prepare for the approaching NFL combine, which is/was his reported plan, his season has ended with a devastating injury and an uncertain future in football.”

She then went on to write about her son’s experience at Alabama during his sophomore year.

“Joshua Frazier fell prey to one of those very tactics during his Sophomore year when he was approached by his position coach one day after practice and coerced into taking Vyvanse, a very dangerous, Schedule 2 narcotic (amphetamine) which is a performance-enhancing drug accepted and allowed by the NCAA. This drug is highly addictive and has dangerous side effects which can include SUDDEN STOPPAGE OF THE HEART, PREMATURE AGING OF THE HEART, and even DEATH if abused or taken for extended periods of time.”

“At no time did any medical professional or staff member in this program notify me that my son suffered from any medical conditions that required the use of such a drug nor was Joshua ever encouraged to discuss anything with me before taking it. To put it simply, when I sent my son to the University of Alabama, he was healthy and drug-free. He graduated in just 3 ½ years with a degree in Communications and a wicked addiction to Vyvanse.”

Joshua was none too pleased with his mother’s verbal attack on the Alabama football program, and responded to his mother’s blog post via Twitter.

“My mother as you can see posted about me on her blog without my permission,” Joshua Frazier said via Twitter. “Yes, most of what she said in the article is true, but those are her words and not mine. The one, who I most trusted betrayed me and she will no longer have access to my life. The program does have issues, that I want to address with them privately, but my mom went ahead and published that article. I love my teammates more than anything and I wanted to do this silently as possible because there are good people that I have met and developed relationships in Bama in the time I had there. And this has nothing to do with the fans more so the program itself. I hope you understand I love Bama, just not the program I signed up to play for. Thank you to everyone, who helped me on my journey.”

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Alabama football has not issued a statement in response to the blog post.

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Wondering why Alabama is at No.13? Here’s the committee’s explanation https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/08/wondering-why-alabama-is-at-no-13-heres-the-committees-explanation/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 23:21:16 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71633 With the College Football Playoff finally set and the final rankings released and income of questions still remain amongst the Alabama faithful. Mainly, why the Crimson Tide were moved one spot down despite not playing a conference championship game? To explain the matter himself, CFP selection committee chairman Rob Mullens went on ESPN and was […]]]>

With the College Football Playoff finally set and the final rankings released and income of questions still remain amongst the Alabama faithful. Mainly, why the Crimson Tide were moved one spot down despite not playing a conference championship game?

To explain the matter himself, CFP selection committee chairman Rob Mullens went on ESPN and was asked about the Crimson Tide sliding back a spot.

Mullens summed it up to “football judgment” as the trump card which moved the Crimson Tide down. He also brought up how Alabama did not see as many ranked opponents as the teams ahead of it and did not perform as well against said ranked teams as others.

RELATED: Alabama to have players meeting between draft eligible players

Alabama’s rankings following the loss in the Iron Bowl have been met with a great deal of criticism with some bringing up that “Bama fatigue” is at the center of the team’s slip. Especially when there are other two-loss teams ahead of Alabama who has suffered worse loses. With teams like Penn State, Utah, Wisconsin and Baylor all suffering the same amount or more loses than Alabama it only raises more questions. Especially since Alabama’s only loses are to Auburn who is respected as one of the best three-loss teams in the country and the current number one team in the country.

Even with the explanation it likely won’t go over well with Crimson Tide fans

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Alabama to have players meeting between draft eligible players https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/08/alabama-to-have-players-meeting-between-draft-eligible-players/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 22:48:12 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71636 With Alabama’s final game of the season finally set against Michigan in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day, some members of the team will be faced with a difficult decision. Do you play or do you sit? Or do you return for one more full season? But according to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, the Crimson […]]]>

With Alabama’s final game of the season finally set against Michigan in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day, some members of the team will be faced with a difficult decision. Do you play or do you sit? Or do you return for one more full season?

But according to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, the Crimson Tide will have a meeting among those players to decide on what will be done.

Herbstreit, who had an interview with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa this past week, will be leading the meeting of the draft-eligible players. The ESPN analyst also added that it felt as if it will be an “all in or all out” kind of decision.

It was not made clear as to who else will be attending the meeting or when it will happen.

If multiple players do in fact return, it will likely be compared to the vast number of players on Clemson’s defense a season ago who decided to return and win a national championship rather than turn pro.

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Alabama falling in CFP rankings proves “Alabama fatigue” is real https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/08/alabama-falling-in-cfp-rankings-proves-alabama-fatigue-is-real/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 22:31:04 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71632 Alabama football did not even play on conference championship week, but it remained at the forefront of every conversation. Commentators made references to the Crimson Tide upon watching Jalen Hurts lead Oklahoma to a Big 12 Championship and fans of both Georgia and LSU took shots at trolling Alabama in last week’s Southeastern Conference title […]]]>

Alabama football did not even play on conference championship week, but it remained at the forefront of every conversation. Commentators made references to the Crimson Tide upon watching Jalen Hurts lead Oklahoma to a Big 12 Championship and fans of both Georgia and LSU took shots at trolling Alabama in last week’s Southeastern Conference title game. 

Many forms of politicking or “Alabama fatigue” have occurred this season, from snubbing student-athletes for national awards to dropping the Tide to No. 12 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Despite both things being unjust, the final piece of the cake was done on Sunday as the CFP committee pushed Alabama to No. 13 – despite it being off last week. 

RELATED: Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh will finally clash in the Citrus Bowl

The group of Georgia, Wisconsin, Auburn and Utah either have more losses than the Tide or suffered one embarrassing defeat; however, all four schools are ranked higher than Alabama. 

Combined points in losses 

Georgia, 30 points (two defeats) 

Wisconsin, 45 points (three defeats) 

Auburn, 19 points (three defeats) 

Utah, 29 points (two defeats) 

Alabama, 8 points (two defeats) 

Along with carrying the fewest amount of points combined in its losses, the Crimson Tide did not suffer a horrendous blemish.

LSU escaped Bryant-Denny Stadium with a five-point victory, 46-41, and the Tide delivered a prize fight in the second half.

If a stop would have been made on defense, there is a good chance Alabama secures a comeback win at home. 

It took extracurriculars for Auburn to beat the Tide – including Alabama starting its backup quarterback and poor officiating among other things.

Regardless of this, Nick Saban’s group dropped by three points (48-45).

Georgia not only lost to an unranked South Carolina team (4-8), but it also got dominated by LSU (37-10) in a game where it had the home-field advantage. 

Jake Fromm had rough outings in both matchups, tossing five interceptions combined. 

The Bulldogs laid an egg versus the Tigers, yet it’s being rewarded with a trip to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, while Alabama dominated nearly every team it played and yet its destination is the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Rob Mullens, the CFP’s selection committee chair and executive director, can say “football judgment” led to the Tide’s ranked at No. 13 but Tide fans are not buying the nonsense. At the very least, Alabama deserves to be in a New Year’s Six bowl. 

The troublesome defeats of others were not taken into the consideration, versus the competitive misfortunes of Alabama that was.

Saban is hitting the recruiting trail at the moment, but he will remember this for next season.

The revenge tour that was meant for this year will be in full force for 2020.  

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Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh will finally clash in the Citrus Bowl https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/08/nick-saban-and-jim-harbaugh-will-finally-clash-in-the-citrus-bowl/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 20:33:47 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71625 With the final College Football Playoff rankings released, Alabama now knows it’s destiny when it comes to who and where it will play its bowl game. After getting slotted at No. 13, the Crimson Tide will travel over to Orlando to take on the Michigan Wolverines in the Citrus Bowl. It will be the fifth […]]]>

With the final College Football Playoff rankings released, Alabama now knows it’s destiny when it comes to who and where it will play its bowl game. After getting slotted at No. 13, the Crimson Tide will travel over to Orlando to take on the Michigan Wolverines in the Citrus Bowl.

It will be the fifth meeting between the two schools with the last game occurring back in 2012 where Alabama defeated Michigan 41-14 in Arlington, Texas.

This means Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh will finally clash after years of comparisons and controversy surrounding the two.

Back in 2016, Saban and Harbaugh clashed over the Michigan head coaches’ satellite camps for recruits which were set up in multiple states by Harbaugh. The game will also reunite Saban and former assistant Josh Gattis who left Alabama to become Michigan’s offensive coordinator.

Michigan finished the regular season with a record of 9-3 and ranked at No.14 with Alabama ending its season 10-2 at No.13. Both teams lost their final game against its biggest rivals and will look to scrap together one last win to end their seasons out the right way.

Kickoff for the Citrus Bowl will be on Jan. 1 2020 at 1 p.m. ET at Camping World Stadium in Orlando and will be broadcast on ABC.

This post will be updated.

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WATCH: Nick Saban shows off dancing moves on busy recruiting weekend https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/08/watch-nick-saban-shows-off-dancing-moves-on-busy-recruiting-weekend/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 16:08:14 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71614 Nick Saban put on his dancing shoes on Saturday during a busy recruiting weekend for Alabama. WATCH VIDEO BELOW: Let the good times roll!! pic.twitter.com/idnUsnU3BE — Penny Moore, NBCT (@aka_pmoe) December 8, 2019]]>

Nick Saban put on his dancing shoes on Saturday during a busy recruiting weekend for Alabama.

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Jalen Hurts leads Oklahoma to Big 12 title and a likely spot in CFP https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/12/07/jalen-hurts-leads-oklahoma-to-big-12-title-and-a-likely-spot-in-cfp/ Sat, 07 Dec 2019 21:15:59 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=71599 The motion picture script for Jalen Hurts keeps getting better.  He has lifted two different teams in two different conferences under two different coaches to a conference championship, with his latest one coming on Saturday. A native of Houston, Texas, Hurts shared a hug and a smile with Sooners’ coach, Lincoln Riley as he led […]]]>

The motion picture script for Jalen Hurts keeps getting better. 

He has lifted two different teams in two different conferences under two different coaches to a conference championship, with his latest one coming on Saturday. A native of Houston, Texas, Hurts shared a hug and a smile with Sooners’ coach, Lincoln Riley as he led Oklahoma to a 30-23 overtime win over Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game.

He completed 17 of 24 passes for 287 yards with one touchdown to one interception. Hurts and CeeDee Lamb continue to be a dominant tandem, as the playmaker at wide receiver brought in eight catches for 173 yards. 

RELATED: Former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts named Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year

He showed Alabama fans his brilliance in last year’s Southeastern Conference title game, and supporters of the Sooners see it now.

Hurts will head to New York City as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, but something else is also on his mind.

A win for LSU over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game will send the former Crimson Tide standout into the College Football Playoff.

Hurts will then have an opportunity to win his first national championship as a starter. He has been on an incredible journey and it’s one that he desires to end with the CFP Trophy.

Congratulations to Hurts. 

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