Touchdown Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com Alabama's Premier Football Website Sat, 25 May 2019 17:39:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 135213907 Marlon Humphrey sees “big” opportunities for young Ravens defense https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/25/marlon-humphrey-sees-big-opportunities-for-young-ravens-defense/ Sat, 25 May 2019 17:31:17 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60720 Second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson was the focal point of this year’s NFL Draft for the Baltimore Ravens, as its front office chose Marquise Brown (Oklahoma) and Myles Boykin (Notre Dame) to pair with him on offense. The franchise also selected a running back in Justice Hill of Oklahoma State to make sure Jackson is comfortable […]]]>

Second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson was the focal point of this year’s NFL Draft for the Baltimore Ravens, as its front office chose Marquise Brown (Oklahoma) and Myles Boykin (Notre Dame) to pair with him on offense. The franchise also selected a running back in Justice Hill of Oklahoma State to make sure Jackson is comfortable as the game slows down for him. 

It looks to build off a 10-6 season in 2018, but one of the challenges Baltimore will face is having a young defense for the first time in a while.

For years, it was able to depend on players such as Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata.

Last year, the Ravens had Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Eric Weddle guiding it back to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. 

It lost all three to free agency and though it’s good to have talent around Jackson, Baltimore resides in a division known for defense in the AFC North. New faces will be called upon to emerge for John Harbaugh’s group, fortunately, it has a player who has become a leader. 

Marlon Humphrey, a young face taken in the first round of the 2017 draft, enters his third year at cornerback.

The former Alabama football star and national champion comes off a campaign where he had15 pass breakups and two interceptions.

Harbaugh saw Humphrey’s growth in his second season, especially down the stretch as he latched onto the best receivers in the league.  

“We definitely lost a lot of key guys and guys that led the team last year,” Humphrey said to reporters on Thursday. “There have been a lot of stories you have seen with new faces on the Ravens, but while you guys see a lot of new faces… I see a lot of new opportunities.” 

Baltimore will be young upfront; however, its secondary looks to be its strength. 

To pair with the experience of Tony Jefferson and Jimmy Smith, the Ravens also signed Earl Thomas II in free agency. The 30-year-old from Texas spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, winning a Super Bowl in 2013. Thomas was selected to the Pro Bowl six times and was a three-team selection for first team All-Pro from 2012-14 in Seattle.

RELATED: NFL senior analyst features four Tide defensive players for 2020 draft

It lost Mosley, Courtney Upshaw and Terrence Cody, but there are some former Tide players with Humphrey in Baltimore, including Tim Williams, Anthony Averett and Cyrus Jones. 

Williams, who is expected to take over Suggs’ role as an edge rusher, was taken in the same class as Humphrey.

The native of Baton Rouge, La., was selected in the third round. 

“A lot of guys from my draft class are stepping into bigger roles — including myself,” Humphrey said.  

As the son of a former player, Humphrey looks forward to seeing all the young names emerge and become important contributors. Baltimore’s last run to the Super Bowl was in 2012 and it was defense that propelled it to the big stage.

Humphrey anticipates getting it back there.  

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Kristian Story has official visit and commitment date set https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/25/kristian-story-has-official-visit-and-commitment-date-set/ Sat, 25 May 2019 15:43:16 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60706 Kristian Story has multiple official visits locked in and a commitment is expected shortly after he has wrapped them up. Story is a 4-Star athlete out of Lanett, Alabama, and the Tide is recruiting him to play defensive back. He now has official visits scheduled to Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Alabama. With an official […]]]>

Kristian Story has multiple official visits locked in and a commitment is expected shortly after he has wrapped them up.

Story is a 4-Star athlete out of Lanett, Alabama, and the Tide is recruiting him to play defensive back. He now has official visits scheduled to Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Alabama. With an official to Tuscaloosa locked in, the Tide are in a good position in terms of timing.

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Worsham has huge senior season planned https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/24/worsham-has-huge-senior-season-planned/ Sat, 25 May 2019 00:35:31 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60695 Alabama 2020 wide receiver commit, Dazalin Worsham, is progressing well after his surgery and has huge plans in mind for his senior season. Worsham is one of the four 2020 wide receivers verbally committed to Alabama. He garners a 4-star ranking on most recruiting sites and is currently one of Alabama’s longest standing commits. After […]]]>

Alabama 2020 wide receiver commit, Dazalin Worsham, is progressing well after his surgery and has huge plans in mind for his senior season.

Worsham is one of the four 2020 wide receivers verbally committed to Alabama. He garners a 4-star ranking on most recruiting sites and is currently one of Alabama’s longest standing commits. After catching 87 receptions for 1,022 yards and 13 touchdowns in his junior season, Worsham has bigger plans in mind for his senior season.

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NFL senior analyst features four Tide defensive players for 2020 draft https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/24/nfl-senior-analyst-features-four-tide-defensive-players-for-2020-draft/ Fri, 24 May 2019 23:54:25 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60696 After having five players selected on defense in this year’s NFL Draft, analysts are looking forward to seeing the product that Alabama football puts out next year in Las Vegas, Nev.   According to reports from Gil Brandt, former vice president of the Dallas Cowboys (1960-89) and senior analyst for NFL.com, he featured four returning seniors for the […]]]>

After having five players selected on defense in this year’s NFL Draft, analysts are looking forward to seeing the product that Alabama football puts out next year in Las Vegas, Nev.  

According to reports from Gil Brandt, former vice president of the Dallas Cowboys (1960-89) and senior analyst for NFL.com, he featured four returning seniors for the Crimson Tide that he will study in the upcoming season.  

RELATED: Could this year’s Alabama defense resemble the 2016 group?

For starters, Brandt is high on Raekwon Davis as one of his top five defensive ends. 

The 6-foot-7, 309-pounder did not have the same production in 2018 that he registered as a sophomore; however, he return to school was huge. He carries the power, edge-rushing and run stopping abilities to be elite at the next level. With the likes of Quinnen Williams and Isaiah Buggs both gone, the baton returns to the native Mississippian as the leader of the front. 

Davis finished with 55 tackles – including 5.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. 

If not for a season-ending foot injury versus Arkansas, Trevon Diggs could have had an All-SEC selection type year. He had carried a team-high six pass breakups before the mishap, but did perform very well in the spring.

The former four-star and Maryland native is one five cornerbacks on Brandt’s list. At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Diggs has the length, athleticism and ball skills to disrupt any receiver in college football.

He worked at corner and star (nickel) throughout spring practice, and could possibly see action at dimeback – if necessary.  

Last year was a comeback season for Anfernee Jennings. 

He sustained a serious leg injury in the 2017 College Football Playoff semifinal versus Clemson, but returned with exceptional play.

To pair with his 50 tackles, he tallied 13 stops for loss and 5.5 sacks.

Listed at 6’3” and 259 pounds, Jennings also excelled in disrupting the passing lane as he forced a team-high 11 pass breakups and collected six quarterback pressures. 

He was selected via Brandt as one of his six top senior linebackers for next fall. 

Shyheim Carter became a breakout star late in the 2018 season, especially in the Tide’s 35-28 victory over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference title game. From his nickel spot, he forced 10 pass breakups (tied for second) and had three quarterback pressures. Carter showed he can create negative plays in generating 3.5 tackles for loss with two interceptions (both for scores). 

Brandt sees Carter as a safety at the next level.  

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Could this year’s Alabama defense resemble the 2016 group? https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/23/could-this-years-alabama-defense-resemble-the-2016-group/ https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/23/could-this-years-alabama-defense-resemble-the-2016-group/#comments Fri, 24 May 2019 01:03:41 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60682 It has its work cut out, but the task is not impossible.  Fans of the University of Alabama are used to seeing its football program wreak havoc defensively versus opponents. Since becoming the head coach in 2007, Nick Saban had just one group – prior to last season — to disappoint fans in terms of its performance […]]]>

It has its work cut out, but the task is not impossible. 

Fans of the University of Alabama are used to seeing its football program wreak havoc defensively versus opponents. Since becoming the head coach in 2007, Nick Saban had just one group – prior to last season — to disappoint fans in terms of its performance on the field. 

The 2014 bunch allowed 18.4 points per game (worst of Saban era), and forced 11 interceptions while surrendering 19 touchdown passes.

Alabama won a Southeastern Conference title, but could not match Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal to start 2015. 

Last year showed signs of 2014. 

RELATED: Anonymous coach reaches too far in his criticism of Tua Tagovailoa

Struggles on defense — due to an inexperienced coordinator and injuries — did not hinder the Tide from winning a conference ring; nevertheless, it kept the team from winning a national championship as Clemson tallied a 44-16 win for its second title under Dabo Swinney. 

With leadership back on the coaching staff and bunch of experienced players back, Alabama looks to spearhead its revenge tour on defense.

Not to mention, it has talented student-athletes from its 2019 signing class who are ready to make significant contributions as freshmen.  

In 2016, the Tide had leaders on defense that included Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams, Ryan Anderson, Reuben Foster, Eddie Jackson, Tony Brown Minkah Fitzpatrick and Shaun Dion Hamilton among others that enjoyed playing with one another.

The motto for this group was sack quarterbacks, create turnovers and score points. These players did all three things – running a bunch that totaled 54 sacks (most under Saban) and forced 24 takeaways (11 for touchdowns). 

Saban brings Raekwon Davis, LaBryan Ray, Dylan Moses, Anfernee Jennings, Terrell Lewis, Xavier McKinney, Trevon Diggs and Shyheim Carter back to Alabama’s roster as leaders. 

Should everyone remain healthy, no one will want to face the “Bama Factor” in the fall. 

In Thursday’s airing of In My Own Words, Stephen Smith of Touchdown Alabama Magazine breaks down why the Tide will be much better on defense next season.  

You can listen to the audio version of the podcast via SoundCloud.  

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Alabama offer gives Cam Large something to think about https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/23/alabama-offer-gives-cam-large-something-to-think-about/ Thu, 23 May 2019 20:31:18 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60664 Cam Large is one of the top tight ends in the 2020 class and Alabama has put their name in the hat for his services. Thankful to receive an offer from The University Of Alabama!! #RollTide 🐘🐘 @CoachVoulgaris @CoachJeffBanks @KJJFlood pic.twitter.com/XXkni4x0Yq — Cam Large (@cam_large) May 10, 2019 Alabama offered Large on May 10. It […]]]>

Cam Large is one of the top tight ends in the 2020 class and Alabama has put their name in the hat for his services.

Alabama offered Large on May 10. It was his 25th Division 1 offer. He said he felt very grateful to receive an opportunity from a football program that is at the level Alabama is.

“It was overwhelming,” Large said. “It is an honor to be given the opportunity to play for a school like that. It gives me a lot to think about.”

Large attends Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts,. He is ranked as a 3-Star recruit on most recruiting sites. His last visit was to Georgia and he caught the eyes of many on social media when he took a picture with a snake in Georgia Bulldogs’ gear.

The visit was productive for the Bulldogs as Large has announced he plans to come back. Alabama will look to have similar fortune with Large with a possible visit in a couple of weeks.

“I am going to try to come down in early June,” Large said.

At 6-5 and 240 pounds, Large can play a multitude of positions at the next level, including defensive end. He was able to score six touchdowns and record 280 receiving yards in his junior season. He also got to the quarterback nine times from the defensive end position.

Alabama’s special team’s coach Jeff Banks and the Tide’s offensive line coach Kyle Flood has been in contact with Large and he has heard from Nick Saban. The Tide is now in a good position with Large. He feels their relationship is headed in the right direction.

“Our relationship Is really good,” Large said. “I love what I have heard from coach Saban and it has been great talking to Coach Flood and coach Banks.”

Alabama will look to add on a couple of tight ends in the 2020 cycle. They have a commitment from one in 3-Star tight end, Caden Clark. Large could be the guy if Alabama continues to build a great relationship with the Massachusetts’ product.

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Breaking: Alabama Announces Three Game Series with South Florida https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/23/breaking-alabama-announces-three-game-series-with-south-florida/ https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/23/breaking-alabama-announces-three-game-series-with-south-florida/#comments Thu, 23 May 2019 16:36:07 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60660 The University of Alabama has officially announced a three game series with the University of South Florida. The series will begin in 2023 when the crimson tide take a trip down to Tampa to square off against the bulls. The next two meetings between the schools will take place in Tuscaloosa in 2024 and 2026. […]]]>

The University of Alabama has officially announced a three game series with the University of South Florida. The series will begin in 2023 when the crimson tide take a trip down to Tampa to square off against the bulls. The next two meetings between the schools will take place in Tuscaloosa in 2024 and 2026.

This is the third future series Alabama has announced this year along with home and homes against West Virginia and Oklahoma. Alabama also has other future games with big schools such as Texas and Notre Dame.

There has only been one meeting between the two teams back in 2003 where Alabama defeated USF 40-17.

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Anonymous coach reaches too far in his criticism of Tua Tagovailoa https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/22/anonymous-coach-reaches-too-far-in-his-criticism-of-tua-tagovailoa/ Thu, 23 May 2019 02:56:08 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60649 Can you say overreaction offseason?  The preseason edition of Lindy’s Sports Magazine can, especially after one anonymous coach decided to take a shot at the University of Alabama. Despite its defense not being what people have grown accustomed to and Tua Tagovailoa making some mistakes in the College Football Playoff national title game, the Crimson Tide won its […]]]>

Can you say overreaction offseason? 

The preseason edition of Lindy’s Sports Magazine can, especially after one anonymous coach decided to take a shot at the University of Alabama.

Despite its defense not being what people have grown accustomed to and Tua Tagovailoa making some mistakes in the College Football Playoff national title game, the Crimson Tide won its sixth Southeastern Conference Championship of the Nick Saban era and appeared in the CFP for a fifth time. 

Are there some areas in Tagovailoa’s game that can improve? 

Sure, but his personality as a leader is not one of them. The returning junior is faith-based and was able to warm the heart of Saban, who is typically a man of no emotions. It’s crazy to see someone get attacked after just one game; however, the coach said Tagovailoa “needs to humble himself.” 

“I think he did some bad things in the bowl game that coast the team because he put himself ahead of the team. He needs to understand Alabama won national championships by playing good defense and special teams and not beating itself. In the national championship game, the quarterback play was atrocious and some would say the play calling, too.”- Anonymous coach said in Lindy’s Sports Magazine

Clearly, this guy did not understand the importance of Alabama’s offense needing to carry the load – especially with multiple players injured on defense and a young coordinator that did not have any prior experience calling plays. The Tide struggle for a good portion of 2018 and aside from its two shutouts of LSU and Mississippi State, the group allowed 18.1 points per game. 

RELATED: Tua Tagovailoa to serve as camp counselor at Manning Passing Academy

This is was the second-worst mark under Saban (2014, 18.4 ppg). 

Imagine if Alabama did not have a Heisman finalist and consensus All-American that was a 3,000-yard passer and set every single-season record in school history: Would it have made it to an SEC title game? Does it make an appearance in the CFP? Not likely at all. 

While Alabama will be much better on defense next fall, Tagovailoa has surely heard the thoughts from this coach and is set to really deliver joyless murder ball. He lost out on a Heisman and a national championship; the native Hawaiian has all the ammunition to navigate Saban’s revenge tour through college football in the fall.  

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Tua Tagovailoa to serve as camp counselor at Manning Passing Academy https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/22/tua-tagovailoa-to-serve-as-camp-counselor-at-manning-passing-academy/ Thu, 23 May 2019 00:40:05 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60645 After spending time last summer with the first royal family of football, Tua Tagovailoa will return to the Manning Passing Academy as a camp counselor.  According to an announcement on Tuesday, he will be one of 36 quarterbacks (six guys to be announced) at the event and one of seven Southeastern Conference signal callers represented. Representing the […]]]>

After spending time last summer with the first royal family of football, Tua Tagovailoa will return to the Manning Passing Academy as a camp counselor. 

According to an announcement on Tuesday, he will be one of 36 quarterbacks (six guys to be announced) at the event and one of seven Southeastern Conference signal callers represented.

Representing the conference with Tagovailoa will be Joe Burrow of LSU, Jake Bentley of South Carolina, Jake Fromm of Georgia, Matt Corral of Ole Miss, Ben Hicks of Arkansas and Jarrett Guarantano of Tennessee. 

RELATED: Should the NCAA go all in for paying student-athletes?

Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who beat Tagovailoa in the College Football Playoff National Championship in January, has also accepted an invitation. Since 1996, the Manning Passing Academy has been operated by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. All three were successful quarterbacks in the SEC, while Peyton and Eli won Super Bowl championships. 

The venue is for boys from grades 8-12 and goes from June 27-30 on the campus of Nicholls State University at Thibodaux, La. Tagovailoa is coming off a record-setting sophomore campaign as his 3,966 passing yards, 43 touchdown passes and 48 total scores all were single-season records for the Crimson Tide. He was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and a All-American; however, the returning junior wants to prove that he can finish the job.  

While he operates as a counselor, expect for Tagovailoa to throw some at the academy.  

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Should the NCAA go all in for paying student-athletes? https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/22/should-the-ncaa-go-all-in-for-paying-student-athletes/ https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/22/should-the-ncaa-go-all-in-for-paying-student-athletes/#comments Wed, 22 May 2019 23:45:26 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60636 A report surfaced via the internet on Tuesday of last week, concerning the National Collegiate Athletics Association and its thoughts on wanting to look into ways where it could provide financial compensation for student-athletes. While some fans of college sports are against the idea, it is a good conversation to have – especially with scholarships […]]]>

A report surfaced via the internet on Tuesday of last week, concerning the National Collegiate Athletics Association and its thoughts on wanting to look into ways where it could provide financial compensation for student-athletes.

While some fans of college sports are against the idea, it is a good conversation to have – especially with scholarships not covering everything. 

Could this be the return of NCAA Football from Electronic Arts (EA) Sports? 

RELATED: Former Tide LB Chavis Williams lands high school head coaching job

Possibly, but the main thing is exercising all means to help athletes that bring millions of dollars into the sport to benefit of it. In Tuesday’s airing of In My Own Words, Stephen Smith of Touchdown Alabama Magazine provides three reasons why “Pay for Play” is good. 

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Breaking: Reuben Foster Placed On Injured Reserve https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/22/breaking-reuben-foster-placed-on-injured-reserve/ Wed, 22 May 2019 21:42:10 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60526 According to Ian Rapoport, Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster who suffered a torn ACL during practice earlier this week has officially been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Foster who was picked up by Washington late last season, stepped on the foot of offensive linemen, Tyler Catalina when the injury occurred. Washington was hoping for a […]]]>

According to Ian Rapoport, Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster who suffered a torn ACL during practice earlier this week has officially been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Foster who was picked up by Washington late last season, stepped on the foot of offensive linemen, Tyler Catalina when the injury occurred. Washington was hoping for a big season out of Foster as he was expected to fill a big hole in the middle of the team’s defense.

This news is surely a punch to the gut for Foster and the franchise after a week of high praise from teammates Landon Collins and Shaun Dion-Hamilton. It was also reported that head coach Jay Gruden was understandably frustrated by Foster’s bad fortune when he was injured on the third play of practice. He also spoke to the mentality of the team when dealing with an untimely injury which is something Washington has dealt with far too often over the past couple seasons.

“Yeah we move forward,” said Gruden. “I think we have a history of having to do that at all positions, really.”

Related: Landon Collins Still Believes in Reuben Foster

Washington has also signed veteran linebacker Jon Bostic to try and fill the whole Foster has left but the team may also look for Hamilton to step up into a bigger role.

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Jalen Milroe is impressed with Saban’s coaching career https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/22/jalen-milroe-is-impressed-with-sabans-coaching-career/ Wed, 22 May 2019 14:34:46 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60590 Jalen Milroe has deep admiration for Nick Saban’s career and it is one of the reasons he was excited to receive an offer from the Tide on Thursday. #AGTG Wow! After a great conversation with Coach Banks, I’m extremely blessed and humbled to receive an offer The University Alabama!!!!! @AlabamaFTBL #RollTide @CoachJeffBanks @othsfalconfb @JoeHamilton__ @Marchen44 […]]]>

Jalen Milroe has deep admiration for Nick Saban’s career and it is one of the reasons he was excited to receive an offer from the Tide on Thursday.

Milroe is a product of Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas. Alabama joins Texas A&M, Oregon, Florida State and more as teams, who have offered Milroe. The 2021 quarterback has taken notice of every step of Saban’s career and feels the veteran coach has left his mark on every program he has coached at.

“It is truly amazing that he has a legendary background,” Milroe said. “Everywhere he has coached, he has built a legacy there.”

Alabama’s special team’s coach Jeff Banks step into his old backyard of Texas to offer the 2021 prospect. Milroe had contact with the tide before his spring practice started, but did not expect to get an offer. He thought Banks was just calling him to start the preliminary part of his recruitment.

“My initial feeling was I thought I was just going to speak with coach about planning my visit and building a relationship,” Milroe said.

The Tide has continued to show they would love to add quarterbacks, who have the ability to pass as well as run by offering Milroe.

The Texas product can throw on the move and is comfortable in the pocket. He never stands still as he always keeps his feet moving. His natural speed and experience at running track allow him to make plays with his feet when a play breaks down.

His junior season was highlighted by his 1,420 passing yards. He added 609 yards on the ground and scored 20 total touchdowns.

The Crimson Tide’s relationship with Milroe is still in the early stages and Banks along with the rest of Alabama’s staff will take their best shot at Milroe. The 2021 recruiting cycle could be interesting for Alabama at the quarterback position if they strike out in 2020.

An Alabama visit is not set for Milroe, but he wants to come to Tuscaloosa this Summer.

“We have not set up a visit yet, but I am planning on coming this summer, towards the end of June,” Milroe said.

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Former Tide LB Chavis Williams lands high school head coaching job https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/22/former-tide-lb-chavis-williams-lands-high-school-head-coaching-job/ Wed, 22 May 2019 11:24:57 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60583 Another former University of Alabama football player under Nick Saban is about to embark upon a coaching career.  In the early start of Saban’s quest for national championships, Chavis Williams was neither highly recognized nor received much field time – nevertheless, he contributed as a third-down pass rusher and stalwart on special teams in the Crimson Tide’s national […]]]>

Another former University of Alabama football player under Nick Saban is about to embark upon a coaching career. 

In the early start of Saban’s quest for national championships, Chavis Williams was neither highly recognized nor received much field time – nevertheless, he contributed as a third-down pass rusher and stalwart on special teams in the Crimson Tide’s national title season in 2009. 

Alabama LB’s Chavis Williams (No. 55) and Eryk Anders (No. 32) celebrate a huge play in 2010 BCS National Championship Game versus Texas: Photo comes from Sports Illustrated

Williams played in 33 games from 2007-10 and would record 17 career tackles, including a career-best 12 stops during his senior year in 2010. After rocking bling from the Southeastern Conference Championship and national title matchup, he played one season in the National Football League with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.

Williams was activated to the main roster from the practice squad; however, he ended up being released from the team on Aug. 31, 2012. Prior to his 29th birthday, which is July 10, Williams was named the head football coach for Carbon Hill (Ala.) High School on Tuesday.

News was confirmed at the Walker Board of Education meeting.

He spent the last four seasons as inside linebackers coach/ defensive coordinator. Carbon Hill, which is 20 minutes outside of Jasper, Ala., posted a 5-5 record last season. 

One of its wins came against Wiliams’ Alma mater, Dora High School. Before enrolling at Alabama and getting an NFL chance, he was a stud in high school – totaling 123 tackles and 11 sacks his senior year in 2006.

Williams, who also played tight end, tallied 393 yards as a receiving option with six touchdowns on offense. He was selected first team All-State Class 4A from the Alabama Sports Writers Association.  

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Dolphins to expand Minkah Fitzpatrick’s role for next season https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/21/dolphins-to-expand-minkah-fitzpatricks-role-for-next-season/ Wed, 22 May 2019 00:42:27 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60578 He had an impressive rookie campaign, but Minkah Fitzpatrick is in line for better stats as he enters his sophomore year in the National Football League. Despite the Miami Dolphins finishing 7-9 in 2018, the former University of Alabama star totaled 80 tackles and posted 2.5 stops for loss, nine pass breakups, two interceptions and one defensive […]]]>

He had an impressive rookie campaign, but Minkah Fitzpatrick is in line for better stats as he enters his sophomore year in the National Football League. Despite the Miami Dolphins finishing 7-9 in 2018, the former University of Alabama star totaled 80 tackles and posted 2.5 stops for loss, nine pass breakups, two interceptions and one defensive touchdown.  

After seeing Adam Gase take the head coaching job for the New York Jets, Miami hired Brian Flores back in February. He spent the last 15 years with the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick – winning four Super Bowls from 2004 to 2018.

Flores, 38, served as a scout, special teams assistant, offensive assistant, defensive assistant, safeties coach and linebackers coach. 

Nick Saban, like Flores, came up under Belichick. 

RELATED: Breaking down five teams to push Alabama in 2019 regular season

Saban coached Fitzpatrick from 2015 to 2017, and witnessed the former five-star from New Jersey turn in 171 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, nine interceptions and four touchdowns in his three seasons with the Crimson Tide. He carried Alabama’s defense with a team-high six picks as a sophomore in 2016, while his leadership guided the program to a College Football Playoff National Championship win over Georgia in the following year. 

Fitzpatrick’s collegiate career ended with him being a two-time All-American (2016-17), Chuck Bednarik Award winner (2017) and Jim Thorpe Award winner (2017). He was selected in the first round (No. 11 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft and per a report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Flores said will be expanding Fitzpatrick’s role going into next season. 

The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder excelled at slot corner, dimeback/linebacker and safety for the Tide. When it came to instincts, Saban always raved about how the two-time national champion was always in the right position to create big plays on defense. 

With it acquiring a quarterback in Josh Rosen from Arizona in a trade, the Dolphins have an exciting arm to ignite its offense. Fitzpatrick is ready to keep the other side in line as the franchise is now at organized team activities.  

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Breaking down five teams to push Alabama in 2019 regular season https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/20/breaking-down-five-teams-to-push-alabama-in-2019-regular-season/ https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/20/breaking-down-five-teams-to-push-alabama-in-2019-regular-season/#comments Tue, 21 May 2019 01:05:36 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60545 Alabama football will start its revenge tour on Aug. 31, when it faces Duke University inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. While the task is returning to the College Football Playoff National Championship stage and finishing the job, there will be some teams in the Southeastern Conference to challenge Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.  RELATED: […]]]>

Alabama football will start its revenge tour on Aug. 31, when it faces Duke University inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.

While the task is returning to the College Football Playoff National Championship stage and finishing the job, there will be some teams in the Southeastern Conference to challenge Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. 

RELATED: Dylan Moses named to Lott IMPACT Trophy list for 2019

The Tide has an even split of home and road conference games – four each – including three straight matchups at Bryant-Denny Stadium versus Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana State University.

Although the idea is to take down Clemson and reclaim its spot as king, we first dissect the five programs in the SEC that anticipate giving much friction to Alabama.  

SEC schools to push ‘Bama in 2019 

5. Arkansas Razorbacks

Date: Sat, Oct. 26 

Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) 

2018 record: 2-10 

Coach: Chad Morris  

Summary: For those that know Chad Morris, he has proven to be an offensive genius. 

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Dylan Moses named to Lott IMPACT Trophy list for 2019 https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/20/dylan-moses-named-to-lott-impact-trophy-list-for-2019/ Mon, 20 May 2019 23:35:41 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60534 Alabama’s defense is expected to return to its fearsome form next fall, and much of the reason is the return of Dylan Moses at inside linebacker. The junior and former five-star from Baton Rouge, La., will captain a group that looks to redeem itself – following a performance of allowing 44 points to the Clemson […]]]>

Alabama’s defense is expected to return to its fearsome form next fall, and much of the reason is the return of Dylan Moses at inside linebacker. The junior and former five-star from Baton Rouge, La., will captain a group that looks to redeem itself – following a performance of allowing 44 points to the Clemson Tigers in its College Football Playoff National Championship loss in January.   

Moses was the Crimson Tide’s leading tackler in 2018 (86 stops) and posted 10 tackles for loss with 3.5 sacks, helping the team secure a Southeastern Conference title.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder was a finalist for the Dick Butkus Award; however, he has an opportunity to win a major defensive honor in the upcoming season.

According to a press release from the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation on last week, Moses was named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for 2019. Named after College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back, Ronnie Lott, the Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to the best defensive IMPACT player in college football.

The honor is presented at Newport Beach, Calif., and recognizes the student-athlete that possesses the following qualities: Integrity. Maturity. Performance. Academics. Community. Tenacity.

It’s an award based on personal character along with excellence in athletics.

Moses is one of seven SEC players on the list as he intends on having a monster year, and one that may possibly project him as a first-round pick for the 2020 NFL Draft. DeMeco Ryans, a former Tide standout, was the last player in program history to win the award in 2005. 

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BREAKING: Thaiu Jones-Bell commits to Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/20/breaking-thaiu-jones-bell-commits-to-alabama/ https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/20/breaking-thaiu-jones-bell-commits-to-alabama/#comments Mon, 20 May 2019 23:01:38 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60525 Thaiu Jones-Bell announced his verbal commitment to Alabama on Monday as he chose the Tide over Tennessee and Penn State. It’s A Blessing🙏🏾 #LLJibb #LLPop #LLCD #LLMM pic.twitter.com/Y3CyD3pvG9 — 7 (@ssnapppp) May 20, 2019 Bell is the Tide’s 17th commit in the 2020 recruiting class. His commitment gives Alabama four 2020 wide receiver commits. Three […]]]>

Thaiu Jones-Bell announced his verbal commitment to Alabama on Monday as he chose the Tide over Tennessee and Penn State.

Bell is the Tide’s 17th commit in the 2020 recruiting class. His commitment gives Alabama four 2020 wide receiver commits. Three of them are ranked as 4-Star recruits.

This is not the first time Alabama has dipped inside the state of Florida for a highly ranked wide receiver. Jerry Jeudy, Calvin Ridley and Amari Cooper all played their high school football in the state of Florida and went on to have great seasons for the Crimson Tide. With a game similar to Ridley, Bell will look to leave his mark on Alabama football.

The 2020 recruit is one of the shorter wide receivers in this class at 5-11. He does most of his damage in space with the ball in his hands. He has breakaway speed and can catch passes in traffic.

With four wide receivers commit, the Tide have pretty much wrapped up work at the position in the 2020 recruiting class. It will be interesting to see how the Tide handle their other wide receiver targets moving forward.

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Thaiu Jones-Bell set to commit tonight https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/20/thaiu-jones-bell-set-to-commit-tonight/ Mon, 20 May 2019 18:19:01 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60497 4-Star 2020 wide receiver, Thaiu Jones-Bell, announced he will make his commitment Monday night via Twitter. Commitment Tonight @7PM ! — 7 (@ssnapppp) May 20, 2019 He will choose between the Tide, Tennessee and Penn State. He has expressed Alabama was his favorite in the past, but Tennessee has come on hard. Bell is a […]]]>

4-Star 2020 wide receiver, Thaiu Jones-Bell, announced he will make his commitment Monday night via Twitter.

He will choose between the Tide, Tennessee and Penn State. He has expressed Alabama was his favorite in the past, but Tennessee has come on hard.

Bell is a product of Miami Carrol City High School in Hallandale, Florida,. A commitment from him would continue the trend of Alabama snatching elite wideouts from the state of Florida. Jerry Jeudy, Calvin Ridley and Amari Cooper are all natives of Florida and have all left their mark on Alabama football.

Alabama has three 2020 wide receivers committed. Bell would join Dazalin Worsham, Javon Baker and Traeshon Holden if he chooses the Tide tonight.

Alabama wants to add some depth to the wide receiver position in the 2020 recruiting cycle due to the possibility of losing Jerry Jeudy, DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs at the conclusion of next season. Bell has the attributes to make a huge impact at the next level. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands and knows how to turn small receptions into big plays.

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Update: Reuben Foster Suffers Torn ACL https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/20/breaking-reuben-foster-carted-off-field-with-injury/ Mon, 20 May 2019 16:14:15 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60488 According to Mike Garafolo, Washington Redskins and former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has just been carted off the field during practice today. Foster appeared to be sobbing while being taken off which is not an encouraging sign. Update: Washington is awaiting results of Fosters MRI to determine the severity of his left leg injury. Head […]]]>

According to Mike Garafolo, Washington Redskins and former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has just been carted off the field during practice today. Foster appeared to be sobbing while being taken off which is not an encouraging sign.

Update: Washington is awaiting results of Fosters MRI to determine the severity of his left leg injury.

Head coach Jay Gruden spoke with the media after today’s practice but did not give a diagnosis on Foster. But he did say that he wouldn’t be laying on the ground if something wasn’t wrong.

“Very concerning for sure. We’ll have to wait and see before I get too emotional about it,” said Gruden.

Gruden says that Foster was injured during a drill which was jog-through speed. The injury occurred when he stepped on the foot of offensive lineman Tyler Catalina.

“It was a non-contact drill and he landed funny,” said Gruden.

According to Ian Rapoport, Foster is believed to have torn his ACL with additional damage. A massive blow for Washington who was relying on Foster to fill a big hole in the center of their defense. Foster will also see specialists to determine the full extent.

More details to come.

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Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy spending his offseason with superstar NFL receiver https://tdalabamamag.com/2019/05/19/alabamas-jerry-jeudy-spending-his-offseason-with-superstar-nfl-receiver/ Sun, 19 May 2019 22:26:48 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=60463 He is serious about being a top-five pick in next year’s NFL Draft and with the way he’s been training this offseason, Jerry Jeudy is looking at being the No. 1 overall pick.  After a sophomore campaign that saw him emerge with the Fred Biletnikoff Award and consensus All-American status, the former five-star is learning […]]]>

He is serious about being a top-five pick in next year’s NFL Draft and with the way he’s been training this offseason, Jerry Jeudy is looking at being the No. 1 overall pick. 

After a sophomore campaign that saw him emerge with the Fred Biletnikoff Award and consensus All-American status, the former five-star is learning tools from one of the best receivers in the pros.

Jeudy was with Antonio Brown of the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, as the two Florida natives along with others got some work in on the track.  

Brown was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 draft; however, he became a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time selection for first-team All-Pro, two-time leader in receptions and receiving yards for the league and the NFL’s leader in touchdown receptions in 2018. He was a star for the Pittsburgh Steelers in seven of nine seasons — since coming out of Central Michigan – including a monster year in 2015 with him posting career highs in catches (136) and receiving yards (1,834). 

RELATED: Former Tide RB Derrick Henry has high school jersey retired

Jeudy already had a relationship with Tua Tagovailoa before both arrived at Alabama in 2017; nevertheless, the duo was unstoppable last season.

The man known for his juke moves led the Crimson Tide in receptions (68), yards (1,315) and scores (14) as he helped the team win its sixth Southeastern Conference Championship of the Nick Saban era.

Per a few Way-Too-Early draft boards, Jeudy projects as a top-five guy but Mel Kiper Jr. has him at No. 1 for 2020. 

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