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Former Alabama football players are all over the NFL. One-time Bama RB Kenyan Drake was overwhelmed today after his Dolphins pulled off a stunning victory.

Alabama football fans are all too familiar with Kenyan Drake’s clutch performances and big-time moments. Drake’s greatness from his time at Alabama has seemingly continued on now that he is with the Miami Dolphins. After Kenyan Drake fumbled the football forcing the Dolphins to go into overtime against the Chicago Bears, he was absolutely overcome with emotion upon realizing his Dolphins were victorious.

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Kristian Story loved the atmosphere in Bryant-Denny Stadium https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/14/kristian-story-love-the-atmosphere-in-bryant-denny-stadium/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 23:03:34 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51894 Kristian Story was one of the many recruits that visited Alabama on Saturday to watch the Tide take on Missouri.]]>

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Isaiah Buggs looking like this year’s Jonathan Allen for UA defense https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/14/isaiah-buggs-looking-like-this-years-jonathan-allen-for-ua-defense/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 22:51:11 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51895 He was trying to fit in with the culture last season, but now Isaiah Buggs has accepted his role of being a consistent force on Alabama’s defensive line. For a second straight year after arriving in Tuscaloosa from Mississippi (junior college), Buggs has elevated his level of player on the heels of a game versus […]]]>

He was trying to fit in with the culture last season, but now Isaiah Buggs has accepted his role of being a consistent force on Alabama’s defensive line. For a second straight year after arriving in Tuscaloosa from Mississippi (junior college), Buggs has elevated his level of player on the heels of a game versus Texas A&M.

He was one of few bright spots for the Crimson Tide in its meeting with Arkansas and returned with a fearsome performance in a 39-10 win on last week. 

Buggs refused to let a third consecutive player rush for 100 yards on Alabama, as he guided the front that limited Missouri running backs Larry Rountree (48) and Damarea Crockett (eight) to a combined 56 yards rushing on 24 carries. Tyler Badie had the best night for the Tigers, totaling 6.8 yards per carry on six rushes without losing a yard. While the senior defensive end assisted in shutting down the Tigers’ ground game, he provided a bigger impact in affecting Drew Lock. 

Lock, Missouri’s senior quarterback, completed just 50 percent his throws (13 for 26) and was sacked four times. Buggs was credited with one of the take downs that resulted in a loss of 22 yards and a forced fumble, which linebacker Anfernee Jennings recovered for the Tide. 

Video comes from Inside Bama Recruiting (Twitter).

Bryant-Denny Stadium erupted during the sack as it was Buggs seventh of the season, which leads the team. He also anchors the program in tackles for loss (eight). The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder fed off the crowd to the tune of three tackles and one quarterback pressure to go alongside his other numbers. Alabama’s defensive line embraced the challenges from Nick Saban, defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski and defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi all week leading up to the homecoming game; however, Quinnen Williams offered the best praise to Buggs. 

“He’s been playing great,” Williams said of Buggs.  

“He has really been a great leader and he is really a freak of nature out there. He’s just big, fast and strong coming off the ball. He’s everything and we are just proud of him. We want him to keep leading us in the right way and keep on doing what he has to do to be better for the team.” 

Former Tide star Jonathan Allen became a monster during his final two seasons (2015, 2016) in the program. He accounted for 22.5 sacks, 30.5 tackles for loss, 21 quarterback pressures and three fumbles returned for touchdowns in both years – earning him All-American honors (among other individual awards) and led to him being selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Buggs brought that type of impact into Saturday’s game and with the obstacles ahead, the coaching staff hopes he can continue building off this performance.

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Alabama CB Saivion Smith delivers marquee performance against Missouri https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/14/alabama-cb-saivion-smith-delivers-marquee-performance-against-missouri/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 20:24:28 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51890 The concern all week in practice was a potential drop in production for Alabama’s defensive backfield with Trevon Diggs (broken foot) out for the season. Crimson Tide fans were growing in confidence for true freshman cornerback Patrick Surtain II; however, its fear came with Saivion Smith in terms of would the former junior college standout rise to the occasion.  After […]]]>

The concern all week in practice was a potential drop in production for Alabama’s defensive backfield with Trevon Diggs (broken foot) out for the season. Crimson Tide fans were growing in confidence for true freshman cornerback Patrick Surtain II; however, its fear came with Saivion Smith in terms of would the former junior college standout rise to the occasion. 

After taking in the coaching from Karl Scott, Nick Saban and others on staff, Smith demonstrated throughout the week that he could maintain a focused level of technique. 

In a matchup where Bama Nation wanted to see whether the Florida native could hold his own, Smith greatly exceeded expectations. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound cornerback was in perfect phase all game long against Missouri’s wide receivers, limiting one of its top targets – Jonathon Johnson — to one catch for nine yards.

Even though freshman Jalen Knox totaled 61 receiving yards to lead the Tigers, 20 yards came on one catch for a touchdown. Should that played been negated by the Tide’s defensive front, Knox would have had 41 yards receiving with no scores. 

Smith secured four tackles, while helping Alabama render an experience quarterback in Drew Lock to a 50 percent completion rating (13 of 26 passing). As a former five-star prospect in high school and an elite JUCO talent, Smith thrives on creating turnovers. He recorded his first career multi-interception game, picking off Lock twice and owning the “Ball Out” turnover belt. 

Saban was proud of the secondary as a unit, but he singled-out Smith in his presser. 

“We did not give up many explosive plays, which is a good thing,” Saban said after the Tide earned a 39-10 win over Missouri. “Saivion Smith played well. I was pleased with the way he played. He had two interceptions. We kept people cut off for the most part. Their two best wide receivers did not play in the game. They did not play in the game against South Carolina and I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with them, but I thought we did a good job for the most part.” 

Smith’s performance has him with a team-high three picks and it puts Alabama at 12 interceptions total, with four returned for scores. He needed this game to build confidence throughout the remainder of the year and in the weeks to come, Smith looks to keep soaring.

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Mack Wilson guides UA defense to thorough performance vs. Missouri https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/14/mack-wilson-guides-ua-defense-to-thorough-performance-vs-missouri/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 15:18:09 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51886 So many aspects played into Alabama football securing a win versus Missouri for homecoming over the weekend; however, the biggest one was the performance of Lyndell “Mack” Wilson at inside linebacker.   After what Nick Saban categorized as a disappointing effort against Arkansas, the junior from Montgomery (Ala.) took responsibility for what happened and shared with fans through […]]]>

So many aspects played into Alabama football securing a win versus Missouri for homecoming over the weekend; however, the biggest one was the performance of Lyndell “Mack” Wilson at inside linebacker.  

After what Nick Saban categorized as a disappointing effort against Arkansas, the junior from Montgomery (Ala.) took responsibility for what happened and shared with fans through social media that the effort showed versus the Razorbacks won’t happen again. Wilson stayed true to his promise, as Alabama allowed 212 yards to Drew Lock and the Tigers in a 39-10 victory.  

With the crowd yelling passionately for all four quarters, Wilson got the Tide into perfect calls on run defense – limiting Missouri to 70 net rushing yards on two yards per carry. Despite some National Football League scouts coming to see Lock perform, the former five-star made the moment about Alabama’s defense as he would also be credited with one of four total sacks. 

Wilson paced the unit with 11 tackles; the most he has had all season. 

Nick Saban and the rest of his coaching staff challenged players all week in practice, but to see everyone return to the intensity on defense that fans became accustomed to seeing was great. 

“I think we did a really good job today,” Saban said on the Tide’s defensive front seven versus Missouri during his post-game presser. “They tried to run the football and at times in the first half, they did… But I think when we settled into the game and saw what they were trying to do, the guys did a really good job up front. I was pleased with the pressure that they put on the quarterback with four guys rushing for the most part. So, I was really pleased and we had to play that way so that we could play nickel. It was a challenge for them and they responded well.” 

As for Wilson himself, he took pride in studying details. 

“I felt like I had to study more film and not just a little bit,” he said.  

“That’s kind of what I did throughout the week. I was here extra every night after practice. I went to tutoring and came back for extra and that helped us out tremendously. I was able to make the calls and checks smoothly and I knew what plays were coming, therefore, I was telling the others guys and we were able to make plays.” 

Before the season started, defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi talked about how Wilson was one of the players being challenged every day to become a leader. Following this performance, he finally looks comfortable in this role and the Tide can really start doing damage on defense.

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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Raekwon Davis apologizes for throwing punches on Saturday https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/14/raekwon-davis-apologizes-for-throwing-punches/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:40:57 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51880 Alabama defensive tackle, Raekwon Davis, got into a bit of a scuffle with Missouri’s Kevin Pendleton on Saturday night during the Tide’s 39-10 win. Alabama’s Raekwon Davis Throws Punches During Game Against Missouri; No Ejection From The Refs & Head Coach Nick Saban Allows Him To Stay In The Game pic.twitter.com/Y9LJOmMnvn — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October […]]]>

Alabama defensive tackle, Raekwon Davis, got into a bit of a scuffle with Missouri’s Kevin Pendleton on Saturday night during the Tide’s 39-10 win.

Davis threw several punches Pendleton’s way while both of them were on the ground. Davis took to Twitter to apologize for his actions.

“I would like to apologize to Kevin Pendleton, the Missouri Tigers, their fans, Alabama Fans, and my teammates and coaches for my actions during tonight’s game,” Davis said via Twitter. “I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and that’s unacceptable. Again I’m sorry and it will never happen again.”

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Alabama Recruiting Weekly Roundup https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/14/alabama-recruiting-weekly-roundup-8/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:31:23 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51862 Alabama Recruiting Week 8 Performance Roundup The Crimson Tide were able to pull out a win this week, but did not play up to their regular standard. Alabama’s commits and targets’ performances were quite similar as some did not put up their usual numbers, while others had great numbers. *=Alabama Commit *Paul Tyson 18-of-28, 187 […]]]>

Alabama Recruiting Week 8 Performance Roundup

The Crimson Tide were able to pull out a win this week, but did not play up to their regular standard. Alabama’s commits and targets’ performances were quite similar as some did not put up their usual numbers, while others had great numbers.

*=Alabama Commit

*Paul Tyson

18-of-28, 187 yards

*Taulia Tagovailoa

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*Dazalin Worsham

8 Rec, 64 yards

*John Metchie

3 Rec TDs, 1 Rush TD

*Keilan Robinson 

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*Kevin Harris

*Brandon Turnage


Roydell Williams

25 Carries, 153 yards, 2 touchdowns

Rakim Jarrett

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Wandale Robinson

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35-yd TD pass

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Kayvon Thibodeaux plans to push up his commitment date https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/13/kayvon-thibodeaux-plans-to-push-up-his-commitment-date/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 03:16:54 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51860 Kayvon Thibodeaux announced on Saturday that he plans to push up his commitment. This announcement is coming off his official visit to Oregon. The Ducks were in Thibodeaux’s top five along with Alabama, Florida State, USC, and Florida. The Tide got Thibodeaux on campus on Sept. 22-23, which was the third time he visited Tuscaloosa in six months. Those that […]]]>

Kayvon Thibodeaux announced on Saturday that he plans to push up his commitment.

This announcement is coming off his official visit to Oregon. The Ducks were in Thibodeaux’s top five along with Alabama, Florida State, USC, and Florida. The Tide got Thibodeaux on campus on Sept. 22-23, which was the third time he visited Tuscaloosa in six months.

Those that follow recruiting religiously has seen this story play out many times. Especially, when a recruit makes an announcement on the heels of an official visit. Thibodeaux has not released an official date for his commitment, but one has to think the Ducks are in good shape and the Tide may still have a chance.

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Alabama Football: Post-game report https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/13/alabama-football-post-game-report/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 02:24:12 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51848 Wrapping up another week of Alabama football action, we take a closer look at the Tide’s homecoming game performance against Missouri. Alabama football- The Alabama Crimson Tide wrapped up homecoming week with an in-conference win over Missouri. The Tide offense started off fast once again with an 81-yard touchdown strike from Tua Tagovailoa to Jerry […]]]>

Wrapping up another week of Alabama football action, we take a closer look at the Tide’s homecoming game performance against Missouri.

Alabama football- The Alabama Crimson Tide wrapped up homecoming week with an in-conference win over Missouri. The Tide offense started off fast once again with an 81-yard touchdown strike from Tua Tagovailoa to Jerry Juedy on the second play of the game. Tua finished the night 12/22 passing for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Alabama had two different wideouts with over 100 yards receiving in Jerry Juedy and Devonta Smith, with each having a touchdown reception. OJ Smith also added a touchdown catch for the Tide. Damien Harris led the way for the Crimson Tide’s running backs. Jalen Hurts went 7/8 for 115 yards passing, and rushed three times for 15 yards. With all the positives we saw with the Tide offense, there were a couple negatives as well. Tua Tagovailoa seemingly further injured his knee. Devonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III also left the game with injuries. Ruggs was able to return to action. We will provide updates on all these injuries as soon as they are made available.

Defensively the Tide looked much better against the Tigers starting things off with an interception by Savion Smith. Smith finished the game with two interceptions. Bama’s defense also forced a fumble and added a safety when Quinnen Williams dropped Drew Locke in the Tigers’ end zone. Quinnen Williams, Raekwon Davis, and Isaiah Buggs were all solid in a strong performance by the Alabama defensive line. Mack Wilson led the team in tackles with 11. The Bama defense accounted for four sacks in total.

The Alabama special teams units looked good as well as Joseph Bulovas went 3/4 on field goals, missing only from 52 yards out. Joshua Jacobs was incredibly effective as the Tide’s primary kick returner with a long of 50 yards. Skyler DeLong continued his punting woes with one punt of 12 yards. Keep it right here with TDAlabamaMag.com after the game for more in-depth analysis and stories from today’s game.

Final Score: Alabama 39, Missouri 10.

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Alabama Football: Homecoming halftime report https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/13/alabama-football-homecoming-halftime-report/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 00:46:25 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51844 It’s homecoming week for Alabama football in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Here’s your Touchdown Alabama Magazine halftime report. Alabama football- The 6-0 Alabama Crimson Tide have put the homecoming festivities behind them and turned their focus squarely onto the Tigers of Missouri. Tua Tagovailoa again leads the charge for the Tide going 12 for 20 passing for […]]]>

It’s homecoming week for Alabama football in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Here’s your Touchdown Alabama Magazine halftime report.

Alabama football- The 6-0 Alabama Crimson Tide have put the homecoming festivities behind them and turned their focus squarely onto the Tigers of Missouri. Tua Tagovailoa again leads the charge for the Tide going 12 for 20 passing for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Damien Harris is the leading rusher through the first two quarters of play having carried the ball 10 times for 44 yards and a 4.4 yards per carry average. Jerry Juedy was the Tide’s leading receiver in the first half with two catches for 103 yards. Devonta Smith left the game with an injury to his right hamstring after a catch for a big gain midway through the second quarter. Irv Smith Jr. and Devonta Smith also added touchdown receptions for the Tide.

Defensively, the Tide started off red-hot with an interception by Savion Smith. The Tide defense also forced a fumble during the second quarter by stripping the football away from Missouri QB Drew Locke. After two, the Tide lead 30-10. Be sure to tune in to TDAlabamaMag.com following the game for in-depth post game analysis.

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Alabama Football: Jalen Hurts catches first pass against Missouri https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/13/alabama-football-jalen-hurts-catches-first-pass-missouri/ Sat, 13 Oct 2018 23:54:50 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51850 We’ve seen Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa on the field together multiple times this season. Alabama football- No, you’re not seeing things. Jalen Hurts just lined up as a slot receiver and caught a pass for a short gain from Tua Tagovailoa. This formation with both players on the field at the same time will give […]]]>

We’ve seen Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa on the field together multiple times this season.

Alabama football- No, you’re not seeing things. Jalen Hurts just lined up as a slot receiver and caught a pass for a short gain from Tua Tagovailoa. This formation with both players on the field at the same time will give defensive coordinators across the nation nightmares for the rest of the year. Expect this to be a big-time deal for Alabama’s offense going forward.

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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa nearing single-season record for TD passes https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/13/alabama-qb-tua-tagovailoa-nearing-single-season-record-for-td-passes/ Sat, 13 Oct 2018 15:38:45 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51838 He has taken over a few statistical categories in the University of Alabama football record book and is regarded as the leader in this year’s Heisman race; however, sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is nearing the Crimson Tide’s single-season mark for touchdown passes.  Former Tide star AJ McCarron currently holds the mark of 30 scoring tosses, dating back […]]]>

He has taken over a few statistical categories in the University of Alabama football record book and is regarded as the leader in this year’s Heisman race; however, sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is nearing the Crimson Tide’s single-season mark for touchdown passes. 

Former Tide star AJ McCarron currently holds the mark of 30 scoring tosses, dating back to Alabama’s 2012 national championship season. He has not been featured in the fourth quarter through six games, but Tagovailoa has maximized his efforts in the first three periods of action. 

His quick strike abilities and command of this offense has him at 1,495 passing yards, a completion percentage of 75.2 percent, 18 touchdowns and a passer rating of 258.40. 

Tagovailoa’s 18 scores through the air position him at seventh all-time in school history, which places him behind Greg McElroy (20, 2010), Jacob Coker (21, 2015), Jalen Hurts (23, 2016), Blake Sims (28, 2014), McCarron (28, 2013) and McCarron (30, 2012). 

The native Hawaiian faces a defensive secondary tonight in Missouri that allows 237.3 passing yards per game, while only registering two interceptions. Tagovailoa averages 249.2 yards passing per matchup and has yet to be intercepted.

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Alabama expects some big names on campus https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/13/alabama-expects-some-big-names-on-campus/ Sat, 13 Oct 2018 15:24:42 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51832 Homecoming has the University of Alabama’s campus rumbling with tradition and several recruits will get to see this tradition first-hand today. Here are some of the names visiting Alabama today.]]>

Homecoming has the University of Alabama’s campus rumbling with tradition and several recruits will get to see this tradition first-hand today. Here are some of the names visiting Alabama today.

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Homecoming matchup against Tigers sets up well for Saivion Smith https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/13/homecoming-matchup-against-tigers-sets-up-well-for-saivion-smith/ Sat, 13 Oct 2018 14:45:25 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51828 After an intense week of practice, Alabama’s defense looks to provide fans with a dominant performance for homecoming versus Missouri inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Despite suffering a setback in cornerback Trevon Diggs (broken foot) being out for the remainder of the season, the Crimson Tide has also learned of the Tigers’ issue with its top receiver […]]]>

After an intense week of practice, Alabama’s defense looks to provide fans with a dominant performance for homecoming versus Missouri inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

Despite suffering a setback in cornerback Trevon Diggs (broken foot) being out for the remainder of the season, the Crimson Tide has also learned of the Tigers’ issue with its top receiver – Emmanuel Hall – missing his second consecutive game due to a groin injury. 

Hall, a senior, accounts for 18 of Drew Lock’s 118 completions and leads the team with 430 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

With him out, this gives former junior college transfer Saivion Smith a chance to settle in and emerge at left corner for Alabama. Seeing how Hall is Missouri’s most physical target at 6’3” and 195 pounds, not having him on the field allows for Smith (6-1, 200) to match up better with Jonathon Johnson (5-10) and Jalen Knox (6’0”). 

More than likely, Saban will have Smith matched up against Johnson. The junior target falls second on the squad in receptions (21), receiving yards (240) and has three scores. 

Although he is a sound defender, fine-tuning some things in his technique will be on Smith’s agenda. He does have a tendency to get lazy on the field, and with Diggs out, the Tide cannot afford to have that happen as we get deeper into the season. As for his production through six games, Smith has 14 total tackles, one pass breakup and one interception that was returned 38 yards for a touchdown. Homecoming matchup against Tigers sets up well for Saivion Smith 

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The current state of Alabama’s 2019 recruiting class. https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/12/the-current-state-of-alabamas-2019-recruiting-class/ Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:18:20 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51814 Alabama’s 2019 recruiting class currently sits at 21 verbal commits, which consist of four offensive linemen, six defensive linemen, one kicker, one running back, one wide receiver, two quarterbacks, one tight end, two linebackers, and three defensive backs. The Tide has pretty much wrapped up their pursuit for a quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class […]]]>

Alabama’s 2019 recruiting class currently sits at 21 verbal commits, which consist of four offensive linemen, six defensive linemen, one kicker, one running back, one wide receiver, two quarterbacks, one tight end, two linebackers, and three defensive backs.

The Tide has pretty much wrapped up their pursuit for a quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class with commits from 4-Star quarterbacks, Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson. Alabama also has a verbal walk-on commit from 3-Star quarterback, Stone Hollenbach. This impressive group should bring a ton of excitement to Alabama’s quarterback room as if it needed any more.

Keilan Robinson is currently the Tide’s only 2019 running back commit. Robinson is an elite back, that can make plays with his explosive speed. The Tide’s top running back target at the moment is the No.1 RB in the nation and former Alabama commit, Trey Sanders. The Tide definitely wants to add another back. Another notable Alabama running back target is Deondrick Glass.

John Metchie and Jahleel Billingsley are the Tide’s 2019 wide receiver and tight end commits. Metchie is an aggressive wideout that will add a different flavor to the Tide’s current wide receiver group and Jahleel Billingsley is a tight end that can make plays in the receiving and run block game. The Tide is still targeting Auburn Wide receiver commit, George Pickens, 4-Star tight end, Keon Zipperer, and 4-Star ATH, Wandale Robinson.

Alabama’s offensive line still has the chance to be one of the best that Saban has ever pulled in, led by 5-Star commit, Pierce Quick. The group is rounded out by 4-Star offensive linemen: Tanner Bowles, Amari Kight, and Darrian Dalcourt. 5-Star linemen, Clay Webb, and Darnell Wright, remain as the Tide’s top offensive linemen target.

The defensive line has been a huge priority for Alabama’s 2019 recruiting class and they have had some success this recruiting cycle as they have six 4-Star defensive linemen commits in Antonio Alfano, Justin Eboigbe, Kevin Harris, DJ Dale, Rashad Cheney, and Byron Young. The Tide is still heavily recruiting Georgia 5-Star commit, Nolan Smith, the No.1 recruit in the nation, Kayvon Thibodeaux, and  5-Star DT, Ishmael Sopsher. Some other notable targets are Jaquaze Sorrels and Faatui Tuitele.

The linebacker position is one where Alabama has had depth problems in the past. The fact that they landed one linebacker in Jaylen Moody before getting Brandon Kaho in the last recruiting cycle did not help. The Tide currently has two linebacker commits in 4-star recruits: Shane Lee and King Mwikuta. Lee is an inside linebacker and Mwikuta plays outside. Both are solid guys, but the Tide would still love to bring in the No.1 inside linebacker in the country, Nakobe Dean. Dean is still high on Alabama and will make his decision in December. Some other notable names to know are Henry To’oto’o and Texas A&M commit, Christian Harris.

The Tide’s coaching staff were able to pull in one of the best defensive back classes in the nation last season, lead by 5-Star, Patrick Surtain, who has already made an impact. Alabama looks to bring in another great class as they currently have a trio of 4-Star defensive backs in Christian Williams, Brandon Turnage, and Demarcco Hellams. A notable target to know is Florida State DB 5-Star commit, Akeem Dent.

The No.1 punter in the nation, Skyler Delong, committed to Alabama during the last recruiting cycle and the No.1 kicker, Will Reichard, has given Alabama a verbal commitment this time around. Reichard had a bit of a bumpy start to his senior campaign, but has bounced back and has shown a ton of resilience. Alabama is looking to have a good special teams group in the future.

The early signing period begins on Dec. 21 and the Tide will get a better look at who will sign with them. Touchdown Alabama magazine will keep you updated on everything Alabama football recruiting.

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Under Rated & Over Looked: Dequindre Ward https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/12/under-rated-over-looked-dequindre-ward/ Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:25:43 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51817 Underrated & Overlooked is a column designed to shine a spotlight on prospects that have the potential to play at the next level but do not have the lofty star ratings or the luxury of great exposure. The column will attempt to run once a week right here at www.tdalabamamag.com. A natural leader, a creative […]]]>

Underrated & Overlooked is a column designed to shine a spotlight on prospects that have the potential to play at the next level but do not have the lofty star ratings or the luxury of great exposure. The column will attempt to run once a week right here at www.tdalabamamag.com.

A natural leader, a creative play maker, and a game changer are all things that describe Dequindre Ward, but the thing about him that jumps out is his athleticism.

“He brings both athleticism and explosiveness to the table,” Ward’s head coach, Jammie Abraham said. “At the next level, he probably will not play quarterback, but he can be used as a great slot wide receiver.”

Ward’s leadership style is natural in every way. His teammates feeds off his energy.

“He is not a very outspoken leader,” Abraham added. “But he leads by example. Guys seem to gravitate to him for some reason.”

The R.C. Hatch-product has no offers at the moment, but could be a great addition to someone’s 2019 recruiting class. He has explosive speed and can cover ground very quickly. He has started at the quarterback position for three years now, which has allowed him to develop a great football I.Q. and a great understanding of all offensive positions.

His presence on the field can completely change a game as many of his opponents have to adjust to him being on the field as he is both a passing and running threat. At 5-feet-10-inches and 160 pounds, he could stand to put on a couple more pounds, but his pure athleticism is something that can not be ignored.

Athletes like ward usually can use their athleticism to make up for mental mistakes made by teammates. Ward is no stranger to this.

“Guys can be out of position and he can make up for it with his speed and knowledge,” Abraham said.

The 2019 recruiting class is filled with diamonds in the rough and Dequindre Ward is one of them. Someone will be getting an explosive and intelligent football player if they can swoop in and grab Ward.

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WATCH: Alabama commit, Kevin Harris, show off his pass rushing skills https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/12/watch-alabama-commit-kevin-harris-show-off-his-pass-rushing-skills/ Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:18:49 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51806 Kevin Harris provided constant pressure on Archer’s quarterback the entire night on Thursday. Checkout a couple of the plays the Alabama commit made. Coming to a backfield near you.Big night for ESPN 300 pass rusher Kevin Harris #RollTide @kevin_harris2 pic.twitter.com/d1vbZHnRdW — Who's Next (@WhosNextHS) October 12, 2018 Get the BEST Alabama football recruiting coverage today! SIGN […]]]>

Kevin Harris provided constant pressure on Archer’s quarterback the entire night on Thursday. Checkout a couple of the plays the Alabama commit made.

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Jaylen Waddle earns highest grade among freshman via Pro Football Focus https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/11/jaylen-waddle-earns-highest-grade-among-freshman-via-pro-football-focus/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 23:47:30 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51803 He has restored Alabama football to having a dynamic weapon on special teams that rivals former stars like Javier Arenas, Christion Jones and David Palmer; however, national media are becoming infatuated with freshman wide receiver Jaylen Waddle more so than local reporters.  Pro Football Focus, a website that dives into the analytics of both college and professional […]]]>

He has restored Alabama football to having a dynamic weapon on special teams that rivals former stars like Javier Arenas, Christion Jones and David Palmer; however, national media are becoming infatuated with freshman wide receiver Jaylen Waddle more so than local reporters. 

Pro Football Focus, a website that dives into the analytics of both college and professional football, holds the native Texan in high esteem. As the Crimson Tide enters its seventh game this weekend against Missouri, PFF shared a graphic Wednesday via Twitter on its top freshman performer through six weeks. It decided to go with Waddle, issuing him a grade of 89.4 — the top grade among all true freshmen. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound speedster is one of six receivers that has at least 10 receptions from the duo of Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts at quarterback. 

Waddle accounts for 15 catches for 313 yards receiving with two touchdowns, including a 94-yard catch and burst to pay dirt against Louisiana. His efforts on the play made him a part of history, as he was on the receiving of the longest scoring pass since AJ McCarron’s 99-yard toss to Amari Cooper for a score in the 2013 matchup with Auburn.  

He has been an even better return specialist, averaging 20 yards per punt return. 

Waddle has 199 punt return yards on 10 attempts, with one resulting in a 63-yard score in the Tide’s victory over the Ragin’ Cajuns. Despite a three-touchdown outing at Bryant-Denny Stadium against Louisiana, Waddle did not receive Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the Southeastern Conference. While he is getting his respect from Pro Football Focus, he looks to put the conference on even more notice for Saturday’s contest with the Tigers.

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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Alabama commits will play on ESPN this week https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/11/alabama-commits-will-play-on-espn-this-week/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 21:44:58 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51791 Two Alabama commits and their respective teams will take center stage on ESPN this week when Archer takes on Grayson on Thursday and when St. John’s takes on Good Counsel on Friday. A fun slate of games are headed your way soon…. Follow along with the #GEICOShowcase games on ESPN2 & ESPNU! pic.twitter.com/EFWd3fINWY — Who's […]]]>

Two Alabama commits and their respective teams will take center stage on ESPN this week when Archer takes on Grayson on Thursday and when St. John’s takes on Good Counsel on Friday.

Alabama commits, Kevin Harris amd Keilan Robinson, will be in action. Harris and Grayson will take on Archer on Thursday at 6 p.m. Central. Robinson and St. John’s will take on Good Counsel on Friday at 6 p.m. Central.

Harris is a 4-Star defensive end. He has the ability to make an immediate impact. His jump off the line is phenomenal. It looks almost like he is popping off the ground because he is so explosive off the snap.

Robinson is currently the Tide’s only 2019 running back commit. His 5-feet-9-inch frame allows him to run hard and low to the ground. He has explosive speed and can exploit the smallest openings. He can also be used in the passing game. Robinson has seen limited action this season and may or may not be in action.

Some other notable targets:

Rakim Jarret WR 2020

Tre’ Williams DT 2020

 

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O.J. Howard returns to practice after knee injury https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/10/11/o-j-howard-returns-to-practice-after-knee-injury/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 21:07:46 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=51788 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got unexpected but good news, when tight end O.J. Howard returned to practice on Wednesday.  He was a limited participant and wore a knee brace, according to reports. Howard was injured in week 4 during a 45-10 blowout at Chicago and was expected to miss 2-4 weeks. However, it appears that […]]]>

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got unexpected but good news, when tight end O.J. Howard returned to practice on Wednesday.  He was a limited participant and wore a knee brace, according to reports.

Howard was injured in week 4 during a 45-10 blowout at Chicago and was expected to miss 2-4 weeks. However, it appears that doctors could clear him for week 6 against Atlanta.

It helped that Tampa had a bye in week 5, which aided Howard’s speedy recovery. For the season, the former Alabama standout has 11 receptions for 222 yards and a touchdown.

 

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