Touchdown Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com Alabama's Premier Football Website Sun, 20 Sep 2020 14:41:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://i0.wp.com/tdalabamamag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-TDA.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Touchdown Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com 32 32 135213907 4-Star WR Christian Leary is a ‘Bama lock’ https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/20/4-star-wr-christian-leary-is-a-bama-lock/ Sun, 20 Sep 2020 14:13:21 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83350 Christian Leary committed to Alabama football on June 16 and according to the Florida product, his relationship with the Crimson Tide’s coaching staff is a work in progress. Leary, who is currently one of the Tide’s three 2021 wide receiver commits, has a couple of SEC schools attempting to keep in contact with him. The […]]]>

Christian Leary committed to Alabama football on June 16 and according to the Florida product, his relationship with the Crimson Tide’s coaching staff is a work in progress.

Leary, who is currently one of the Tide’s three 2021 wide receiver commits, has a couple of SEC schools attempting to keep in contact with him. The 4-Star prospect said his response to every other school not name Alabama is the same.

“Florida and Auburn reach out but I do not even respond, so it is like pointless,” Leary said. “I am a Bama lock.”

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Who will step up in Alabama’s secondary in its season opener? https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/19/alabama-missouri-secondary-season-opener/ Sat, 19 Sep 2020 22:55:40 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83318 Alabama football returns next week. With the excitement Nick Saban has about the offense and certain parts of the defense, the biggest question is will the Crimson Tide have the players in the secondary he can trust to win games? In a difficult offseason, due to the Coronavirus, Alabama suffered its first big injury in […]]]>

Alabama football returns next week.

With the excitement Nick Saban has about the offense and certain parts of the defense, the biggest question is will the Crimson Tide have the players in the secondary he can trust to win games? In a difficult offseason, due to the Coronavirus, Alabama suffered its first big injury in fall camp. Ronald Williams Jr., a junior college cornerback from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, sustained a broken arm. The four-star defensive back came in the Tide’s signing class in February as a four-star and has the size, length, speed and athleticism to possibly be a top corner in the Southeastern Conference.

Williams got work at corner and “Money” (dime) at practice; however, the mishap will set him back.

Coach Saban has no concerns when it comes to Patrick Surtain II, Jordan Battle and Daniel Wright.

RELATED: Alabama’s Brian Robinson being a ‘vocal leader’ and is set to take advantage of every opportunity

All three guys have performed well, and the Tide will look to them as leaders. On the other hand, it is quickly locating players that can deliver winning football at the position that will be a challenge. Fortunately, Alabama has seen growth in Marcus Banks as an outside cornerback.

The sophomore from Texas would be first off the bench to replace Surtain or Josh Jobe.

Speaking of Jobe, the junior has made ‘significant’ improvement at corner per Saban.

He has done a better job of trusting his technique and at this point, he would start as the corner — opposite Surtain. Alabama’s secondary for its base 3-4 defensive alignment is set, but its nickel and dime sub packages will be interesting.

During camp, a pair of true freshmen — Brian Branch and Malachi Moore — created attention in both formations. Saban sees both players as individuals that can play in nickel or dime.

Branch, a four-star from Georgia, is more of a highlight player while Moore (four-star; Trussville, Ala.) can do a little of everything.

The Tide also has Jalyn Armour-Davis, Eddie Smith, Brandon Turnage, Kristian Story and Jahquez Robinson. DeMarcco Hellams, a sophomore, is the projected starter in dime for the Tide.

He was Xavier McKinney’s backup last season.

Alabama’s projected 3-4 in secondary

CB – Patrick Surtain II

CB – Josh Jobe/Marcus Banks

FS – Jordan Battle

SS – Daniel Wright

Alabama’s projected nickel in secondary

CB – Patrick Surtain II

CB – Josh Jobe/Marcus Banks

Star – Brian Branch/Malachi Moore/Jalyn Armour-Davis

FS – Jordan Battle

SS- Daniel Wright

Alabama’s projected dime in secondary

CB – Patrick Surtain II

CB – Josh Jobe/Marcus Banks

Star – Brian Branch/Malachi Moore/Jalyn Armour-Davis

Money – DeMarcco Hellams/Jalyn Armour-Davis

FS – Jordan Battle

SS – Daniel Wright

Alabama lost four players from its secondary to the National Football League off its 2019 roster.

RELATED: Alabama CB Ronald Williams Jr. suffers broken arm during fall practice

Saban is not only trying to create ample depth, but also consistent production. We will not know how good this group pans out, until it is shown on the field. Seeing how the Tide has some bodies in the secondary, hopefully the right ones will emerge and prove they belong on the big stage.

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Alabama’s Brian Robinson being a ‘vocal leader’ and is set to take advantage of every opportunity https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/19/brian-robinson-runs-purpose-opportunities/ Sat, 19 Sep 2020 21:37:07 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83312 Next week begins a huge season for him and he knows it. NFL scouts and media personnel are salivating over Najee Harris, especially after watching him record his first career 1,000-yard rushing campaign (1,224) last year with 13 touchdowns on 209 carries. He fully locked in during the middle portion of the season and totaled […]]]>

Next week begins a huge season for him and he knows it.

NFL scouts and media personnel are salivating over Najee Harris, especially after watching him record his first career 1,000-yard rushing campaign (1,224) last year with 13 touchdowns on 209 carries. He fully locked in during the middle portion of the season and totaled six 100-yard games, including four versus Southeastern Conference schools. As hard as he has worked this summer, Brian Robinson Jr. has put in as much effort to prove to the college football world that he is just as dominant.

RELATED: Alabama CB Ronald Williams Jr. suffers broken arm during fall practice

While his power — in being a north/south runner — has never been questioned, the Tuscaloosa native took this offseason to improve his speed with Dr. Matt Rhea. He arrived in Alabama’s 2017 signing class with Harris as a four-star and much like Kenyan Drake shined alongside Derrick Henry in 2015, Robinson eyes the same outcome with Harris for the Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder tallied 441 yards rushing with four scores on 96 carries in 2019, and also had 11 catches for 124 receiving yards.

He brings more of a power skill set; however, Robinson looks to show his acceleration in space against defenses. Nick Saban will have a potential All-American offensive line in front of him and according to Landon Dickerson, the versatile center/guard said Robinson runs with a purpose.

“B. Rob has done a great job,” Dickerson said on Thursday.

“He has been a vocal guy and he comes to practice every day with a great attitude. He not only shows it when he talks, but he also shows it when he plays. He is going to make the best of the situation he’s given, and I think that’s great because the running back room looks really good right now. We have a lot of great athletes in there that can do a lot of great things.”

He has always had the capability and potential, but Robinson senses it is time to put it all together.

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Alabama CB Ronald Williams Jr. suffers broken arm during fall practice https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/19/ronald-williams-alabama-arm-injury/ Sat, 19 Sep 2020 20:17:53 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83309 Alabama will be without one defensive player for its season opener against Missouri. *Get the BEST Alabama football insider information, message board access, and recruiting coverage today! SIGN UP HERE to unlock our subscriber only content!* 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.]]>

Alabama will be without one defensive player for its season opener against Missouri.

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Minkah Fitzpatrick wanting to be ‘challenged’ and become the ‘best version of himself’ is why he chose Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/18/minkah-fitzpatrick-alabama-football/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:30:17 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83278 All of the players in the National Football League that came through the University of Alabama under Nick Saban had a reason why they chose the Crimson Tide. When it comes to Minkah Fitzpatrick, the former five-star from New Jersey could have gone anywhere in the nation. In the series, “Why Bama,” he said the […]]]>

All of the players in the National Football League that came through the University of Alabama under Nick Saban had a reason why they chose the Crimson Tide.

When it comes to Minkah Fitzpatrick, the former five-star from New Jersey could have gone anywhere in the nation.

In the series, “Why Bama,” he said the opportunity of being challenged by the best competition and the chance to leave as the best version of himself were the two reasons that sold him on the Tide. An alumnus of St. Peter’s Prep School, Fitzpatrick was one of the most talented and productive defensive backs of the Saban era.

He was a Freshman All-American and a national champion in 2015; however, he would grow into being an ultimate leader. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder stepped up at safety in the following season, upon an injury to Eddie Jackson, and lead the team with six interceptions.

He returned two for touchdowns and pushed the Tide to a second consecutive Southeastern Conference title. Fitzpatrick was the backbone for Alabama in 2017, guiding it to another College Football Playoff national title.

Now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he looks back at the coaching he received from Saban and the constant challenges in practice as preparation for the NFL.

“The standard we were held to at Alabama was on par, if not better than some programs in the NFL,” Fitzpatrick said. “When I left Alabama, I turned around and looked back and said I left the best possible version of Minkah Fitzpatrick.”

He said if you want to leave the best version of yourself, go to a place that will challenge you the most.

For Fitzpatrick, the place was Alabama.

This is another major recruiting tool for Coach Saban, especially for young players who model their style after Fitzpatrick.

Minkah Fitzpatrick returning an interception vs. Colts in 2019 season

Photo of Minkah Fitzpatrick returning an interception for a touchdown versus Colts in 2019 comes via Philip G. Pavely – USA TODAY Sports

After being traded from Miami to the Steelers, Fitzpatrick exploded for five interceptions, nine pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and two touchdowns in 14 games last year. He was voted to his first Pro Bowl and earned first-team NFL All-Pro honors.

Fitzpatrick anticipates winning a Super Bowl with the franchise soon.

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WATCH: Alabama WR commit Jacorey Brooks catch radius is ridiculous https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/18/watch-alabama-wr-commit-jacorey-brooks-catch-radius-is-ridiculous/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:08:47 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83252 Jacorey Brooks went to work in the second game of his senior campaign. The IMG Academy product and Alabama commit pulled in one receiving touchdown in the Ascenders win over Edgewater High School. Touchdown Alabama was in attendance to watch Brooks in action. Here is a look at some of his best plays. WATCH VIDEO […]]]>

Jacorey Brooks went to work in the second game of his senior campaign.

The IMG Academy product and Alabama commit pulled in one receiving touchdown in the Ascenders win over Edgewater High School. Touchdown Alabama was in attendance to watch Brooks in action.

Here is a look at some of his best plays.

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5-Star OL JC Latham goes in-depth on Alabama commitment, 2021 OL class https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/18/5-star-ol-jc-latham-goes-in-depth-on-alabama-commitment-2021-ol-class/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:26:01 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83272 ]]>

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Jacorey Brooks discusses studying Alabama, being a student of the game https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/18/jacorey-brooks-discusses-studying-alabama-being-a-student-of-the-game/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:09:40 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83254 ]]>

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WATCH: Christian Leary puts elusiveness on display in Game 1 https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/18/watch-christian-leary-puts-elusiveness-on-display-in-game-1/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:36:59 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83266 Christian Leary and his elusiveness was on full display in the first game of his senior season. The Alabama commit and Edgewater were defeated by IMG Academy Thursday, but that did not stop Leary from hauling in multiple receptions and making people miss in the open field. Touchdown Alabama was in attendance to watch Leary […]]]>

Christian Leary and his elusiveness was on full display in the first game of his senior season.

The Alabama commit and Edgewater were defeated by IMG Academy Thursday, but that did not stop Leary from hauling in multiple receptions and making people miss in the open field. Touchdown Alabama was in attendance to watch Leary in action.

Here are some of his best plays.

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Xavian Sorey remains high on Alabama as dead period impacts recruitment https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/18/xavian-sorey-remains-high-on-alabama-as-dead-period-impacts-recruitment/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:16:20 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83257 Xavian Sorey remains one of Alabama’s top targets in the 2021 recruiting class and according to Sorey, Alabama is hovering near the top of his recruitment. Sorey, who now plays for IMG Academy, has a top five of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU and Auburn. All five schools have been in regular contact with the 4-Star […]]]>

Xavian Sorey remains one of Alabama’s top targets in the 2021 recruiting class and according to Sorey, Alabama is hovering near the top of his recruitment.

Sorey, who now plays for IMG Academy, has a top five of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU and Auburn. All five schools have been in regular contact with the 4-Star recruit but there is something special about his relationship with Alabama’s outside linebacker coach, Sal Sunseri, and the rest of the Tide’s coaching staff.

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WATCH: Alabama true freshmen work on defense in final practice of preseason camp https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/17/alabama-preseason-camp-missouri/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:44:07 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=81879 On Monday of next week, Alabama football will lock in on Missouri as its first opponent of its season. The Crimson Tide had its final session of preseason camp on Thursday and yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine decided to provide notes on the true freshmen on defense. RELATED: Alabama Football Fall Camp Photo Gallery: 9/17 […]]]>

On Monday of next week, Alabama football will lock in on Missouri as its first opponent of its season.

The Crimson Tide had its final session of preseason camp on Thursday and yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine decided to provide notes on the true freshmen on defense.

RELATED: Alabama Football Fall Camp Photo Gallery: 9/17

According to a video from Alabama Athletics, here is a breakdown of what happened.

Notes from practice

Demouy Kennedy, a native of Theodore, Ala., training on shedding blockers and attacking running backs.

-Alabama has a lot of talent at inside linebacker, and Kennedy is a player that has potential to be great.

-At outside linebacker, Sal Sunseri was coaching William Anderson and Quandarrius Robinson through drills.

-The coaching staff and players are high on Anderson as an impact player, while Robinson has an opportunity to be really good to — especially with his 6-foot-5 frame. Both players has Ben Davis and Christopher Allen helping them in drills.

-King Mwikuta, a sophomore, sported a black jersey with a small brace on his right leg.

-The brace did not affect his movement at all.

-As for the defensive line, the duo of Justin Eboigbe and Stephon Wynn were shown working the sled.

-The group of Jah-Marien Latham, Timothy Smith and Jamil Burroughs were all performing footwork and attack drills with Freddie Roach. According to Landon Dickerson, all three players have transitioned well on the field.

-Phidarian Mathis, Ishmael Sopsher and Stephon Wynn led the drill.

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Alabama Football Fall Camp Photo Gallery: 9/17 https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/17/alabama-fall-camp-photos-missouri/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:57:51 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83243 Alabama concluded fall practice with its final session on Thursday. Here are some pictures from the Tide’s latest practice. Photos are provided by Alabama Athletics.]]>

Alabama concluded fall practice with its final session on Thursday.

Here are some pictures from the Tide’s latest practice. Photos are provided by Alabama Athletics.

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Nick Saban, Alabama football makes a change in COVID testing protocol https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/17/alabama-football-changes-covid-testing-protocol/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:40:55 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83191 To continue promoting safety and peace of mind for its student-athletes, Nick Saban and the University of Alabama football program has made some changes to its Coronavirus testing protocol. Earlier in the summer, it was the first collegiate program testing players three times a week. While it was very successful, Saban wants to assure the […]]]>

To continue promoting safety and peace of mind for its student-athletes, Nick Saban and the University of Alabama football program has made some changes to its Coronavirus testing protocol.

Earlier in the summer, it was the first collegiate program testing players three times a week.

While it was very successful, Saban wants to assure the team that he has its best interest at heart. For that, he shared one of the internal things the Crimson Tide has done this offseason.

Alabama has transitioned to performing daily tests on players.

RELATED: Saban family gives ‘super big donation’ to The V Foundation

“It is best for the players,” Saban said on Wednesday. “It is best for the program. We have the capabilities and resources to do it and we are happy to do it. We been testing three days a week and we didn’t have to that either. Just like we would for a game week, next week, but we just decided this week that we would go test our guys every day. With that, hopefully everyone feels safe.”

The goal for Saban with daily testing is that Alabama can minimize the exposure of players to COVID-19, and the team would not have to quarantine as many players.

“Everyone has to manage their personal space so that we have the most players possible available for every game, but especially the first game,” Saban said.

When it comes to the players, each one has been in support of daily testing.

On Thursday, both DJ Dale (defensive lineman) and Landon Dickerson (offensive lineman) spoke to local reporters via Zoom and said daily testing is in the best interest of the players. Missouri announced that 12 players will not play in its season opener versus the Tide next week, due to COVID concerns. Alabama wants to have its athletes as healthy as possible for this season.

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Alabama commits set to clash in Thursday matchup https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/17/alabama-commits-set-to-clash-in-thursday-matchup/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:11:53 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83209 Three Alabama commits will take the field Thursday when IMG Academy host Edgewater High School in Bradenton, Florida. JC Latham, a 5-Star offensive tackle, will be join by fellow Alabama commit, Jacorey Brooks, for IMG Academy when the Ascenders take on the Crimson Tide’s 4-Star wide receiver commit, Christian Leary and Edgewater. This will be […]]]>

Three Alabama commits will take the field Thursday when IMG Academy host Edgewater High School in Bradenton, Florida.

JC Latham, a 5-Star offensive tackle, will be join by fellow Alabama commit, Jacorey Brooks, for IMG Academy when the Ascenders take on the Crimson Tide’s 4-Star wide receiver commit, Christian Leary and Edgewater. This will be Leary’s first game of the 2020 football season.

IMG Academy currently has one win under its belt. They opened the season with a win over Venice (FL), where Brooks pulled in one receiving touchdown.

The three Tide commits will not be the only talented prospects performing in the game. Plenty of other Tide targets will participate, including one of their priority 2021 targets in 4-Star LB, Xavian Sorey. Outside of 2021 prospects, Alabama will have some 2022 targets in action as well. A list of them is below:

Tyler Booker – 4-Star OL

Dayne Shore 4-Star OL

Kaytron Allen 4-Star RB

Kamari Wilson – 5-Star DB

Touchdown Alabama will be in attendance for this matchup. The game will also be streamed on IMG Academy’s Facebook page.

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Saban family gives ‘super big donation’ to The V Foundation https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/17/nick-saban-donates-large-sum-money-the-v-foundation/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:52:48 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83207 The Saban’s are widely respected amongst the world of sports and beyond and it’s because of actions similar to those they conducted on Wednesday. ESPN analyst Dick Vitale shared on Twitter that the Alabama head coach along with Miss Terry Saban has donated a large sum of money to The V Foundation for kids battling […]]]>

The Saban’s are widely respected amongst the world of sports and beyond and it’s because of actions similar to those they conducted on Wednesday.

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale shared on Twitter that the Alabama head coach along with Miss Terry Saban has donated a large sum of money to The V Foundation for kids battling cancer.

In the past, the Saban family has done a tremendous amount of work to help those in need. From funding a local children’s center to starting the non-profit Nick’s Kids Foundation which is committed to helping children, families and teachers in the community, there have been countless lives aided over the years.

Back in March, the Sabans also donated a significant amount of money to the United Way’s community crisis fund amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“Of the many challenges our country has faced in recent years, the COVID-19 virus worldwide pandemic may be the most significant,” said Saban during a PSA. “We are all in this together, and together, we can fight this invisible enemy by respecting social distancing and being diligent. Through our Nick’s Kids Foundation, Miss Terry and I are committed to helping families in the state of Alabama recover from the many obstacles created by this crisis.

“We have made a significant contribution, earmarked for the United Way community crisis fund. This fund has been established statewide specifically to give relief, including food, shelter and basic life needs. Call the 211 hotline and specify your needs caused by the impact of COVID-19. You will be considered for help through this community crisis fund. If you would like to donate, visit NicksKidsFoundation.org. God bless you all and Roll Tide.”

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Alabama lands 11 players on SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC teams https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/17/alabama-11-players-sec-coaches-preseason-all-sec-team/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:20:47 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83198 On Thursday the Southeastern conference revealed its lists of the coaches preseason All-SEC teams for the 2020 season. In the 18th year of the conference’s list, Alabama was able to place a league-leading 11 players amongst the three teams voted on. Georgia came in second with 10 representatives on the teams and Florida, LSU and […]]]>

On Thursday the Southeastern conference revealed its lists of the coaches preseason All-SEC teams for the 2020 season. In the 18th year of the conference’s list, Alabama was able to place a league-leading 11 players amongst the three teams voted on.

Georgia came in second with 10 representatives on the teams and Florida, LSU and Texas A&M were all tied with eight players.

The Crimson Tide also lead the way with eight players making the All-SEC First-Team which included Najee Harris (running back), DeVonta Smith (wide receiver), Jaylen Waddle (wide receiver), Alex Leatherwood (offensive line), Landon Dickerson (offensive line), Dylan Moses (linebacker), LaBryan Ray (defensive line) and Patrick Surtain II (defensive back).

Waddle picked up two additional first team sports for special teams and being an all-purpose specialist.

Offensive linemen Deonte Brown and Landon Dickerson also gained second-team honors. Dickerson was listed at center on the second-team as opposed to guard.

Making the third team were defensive back Josh Jobe and offensive lineman Evan Neal.

The full list of teams is below:

First Team Preseason All-SEC

OFFENSE

TE

Kyle Pitts, Florida

OL

Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Trey Smith, Tennessee
Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
Landon Dickerson, Alabama

C

Drake Jackson, Kentucky

WR

DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

QB

Kyle Trask, Florida

RB

Najee Harris, Alabama
Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

AP

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

DEFENSE

DL

Bobby Brown, Texas A&M
LaBryan Ray, Alabama
Big Kat Bryant, Auburn
Jordan Davis, Georgia

LB

Dylan Moses, Alabama
K.J. Britt, Auburn
Nick Bolton, Missouri

DB

Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
Derek Stingley, LSU
Richard LeCounte, Georgia
Jacoby Stevens, LSU

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK

Brent Cimaglia, Tennessee

P

Max Duffy, Kentucky

RS

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Second Team Preseason All-SEC

OFFENSE

TE

Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M

OL

Sadarius Hutcherson, South Carolina
Deonte Brown, Alabama
Landon Young, Kentucky
Austin Deculus, LSU
Brodarious Hamm, Auburn
Wanya Morris, Tennessee
Ed Ingram, LSU

C

Trey Hill, Georgia

WR

George Pickens, Georgia
Terrace Marshall, LSU

QB

Kellen Mond, Texas A&M

RB

Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas
Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M

AP

Derek Stingley, LSU

DEFENSE

DL

Kobie Whiteside, Missouri
Malik Herring, Georgia
Aaron Sterling,South Carolina
Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt

LB

Henry To’o To’o, Tennessee
Monty Rice, Georgia
Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State
Nakobe Dean, Georgia
Ventrell Miller, Florida

DB

Kaiir Elam, Florida
Eric Stokes, Georgia
Demani Richardson, Texas A&M
Tyree Gillespie, Missouri
Marco Wilson, Florida
Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK

Cade York, LSU

P

Jake Camarda, Georgia

RS

Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss

Third Team Preseason All-SEC

OFFENSE

TE

Arik Gilbert, LSU

OL

Carson Green, Texas A&M
Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
Evan Neal, Alabama
Dan Moore, Texas A&M

C

Landon Dickerson, Alabama

WR

Seth Williams, Auburn
Elijah Moore, Ole Miss

QB

Bo Nix, Auburn

RB

Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
Larry Rountree, Missouri

AP

Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
Kadarius Toney, Florida
Christian Tutt, Auburn

DEFENSE

DL

Zachary Carter, Florida
Josh Paschal, Kentucky
Kobe Jones, Mississippi State
Glen Logan, LSU

LB

Boogie Watson, Kentucky
Dimitri Moore, Vanderbilt
Nolan Smith, Georgia
Ernest Jones, South Carolina
Andre Mintze, Vanderbilt

DB

Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
Bryce Thompson, Tennessee
Yusuf Corker, Kentucky
Christian Tutt, Auburn
Josh Jobe, Alabama

SPECIAL TEAMS

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Evan McPherson, Florida

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Mac Brown, Ole Miss

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Christian Tutt, Auburn

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Alabama LB William Anderson has elite pass rusher written on him, per his teammates https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/17/william-anderson-alabama-pass-rusher/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:03:21 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83194 He may be the closest thing to Tim Williams that Alabama football has had since 2016. Head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide signed four very talented outside linebackers in its freshmen class back in February; however, one has garnered the most attention. William Anderson Jr., a native of Hampton, Ga., has turned heads […]]]>

He may be the closest thing to Tim Williams that Alabama football has had since 2016.

Head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide signed four very talented outside linebackers in its freshmen class back in February; however, one has garnered the most attention.

William Anderson Jr., a native of Hampton, Ga., has turned heads throughout fall practice and fans are really excited to see him.

He came in as a five-star and after watching his tape at Dutchtown High School, it has been a while since supporters of the Tide have been this happy about a pass rusher.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Anderson dominated both preseason scrimmages.

RELATED: Alabama QB Mac Jones has ‘lit a fire’ under the offense

He consistently pressured the pocket and Saban sees him as a player that will contribute to the team. After two years of not having a tenacious edge rush on quarterbacks, Alabama views Anderson as the one who can flip the script on teams.

When the coaching staff is not talking about him, his teammates are. According to DJ Dale, the sophomore defensive lineman senses something different about Anderson.

“Will, he just came in and you can tell that he’s got it,” Dale said on Thursday. “His confidence… He is just so willing to learn. He listens. He’s a great player and he’s got it. He came in here with it.”

Hearing this from Dale means Anderson has some next level intangibles. Landon Dickerson, a redshirt senior, spoke on the freshman as well.

“He is a terrific guy,” Dickerson said of Anderson. “He is a great athlete. He’s done a lot of great things in practice.”

As a senior in high school, Anderson captained a defense that allowed just 7.7 points a game.

He collected 22 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. During the practices for the U.S Army All-American Bowl and the game itself, the speedy edge rusher was impossible to block.

He embarrassed the best offensive line prospects, forced fumbles and had quarterbacks on the ground.

In pass rush situations, Anderson will be called upon a lot this season. Other names that have stepped up include Tim Smith, Jamil Burroughs and Jah-Marien Latham, but Anderson is running away with the show as a freshman.

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Alabama QB Mac Jones has ‘lit a fire’ under the offense https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/17/quarterback-mac-jones-lit-a-fire-under-offense/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:39:00 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83193 Although Nick Saban has not officially named a starting quarterback, some signs appear to point towards junior signal-caller Mac Jones getting the nod for the team’s week one game against Missouri. During fall camp Jones showed steady improvement throughout as he finally had a chance to work with the first team offense extensively for the […]]]>

Although Nick Saban has not officially named a starting quarterback, some signs appear to point towards junior signal-caller Mac Jones getting the nod for the team’s week one game against Missouri.

During fall camp Jones showed steady improvement throughout as he finally had a chance to work with the first team offense extensively for the first time since January. And according to his own teammates, Jones has given the offense the extra boost it needs.

“He’s a great player and great leader,” said defensive lineman D.J. Dale on Thursday during the team’s player interviews. “You can see he lights a fire under our offense. Everything has come together.”

Offensive lineman Landon Dickerson had also shared his praises for the Florida native, noting that he has the upmost confidence in Jones’ ability to lead the team.

“No matter who is in at quarterback they have to control the situation,” said Dickerson on Thursday. “I feel very confident in Mac with that, the other QBs do as well. They’re very posided and they have a plan.”

During his first scrimmage, Jones had completed 21 of 36 passes in an effort that didn’t quite meet the expectation of head coach Nick Saban or himself. But as the team has progressed through camp, Jones has been able to display some of the talents he had shown during the ending stretches of last season when he stepped in for an injured Tua Tagovailoa and helped Alabama win the Citrus Bowl.

“When Mac stays in himself and is concerned about doing what he’s supposed to do and executes and does the things that he’s coached to do, he’s very, very effective,” said Saban on Wednesday. “When he stays focused on the play, doesn’t get upset about what happened on the play before, he’s very, very effective. He has shown an ability to do that much better this year. I think it’s a sign of maturity and understanding what he has to do to play winning football at his position.”

In five games in 2019, Jones threw for 1,503 yards, 14 touchdowns, three interceptions and completed nearly 69% of his passes along with a 4-1 record.

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2020 Alabama Player Spotlight: DB Malachi Moore https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/17/2020-alabama-player-spotlight-db-malachi-moore/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:30:45 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=83165 With Alabama football’s fall camp in full swing, the staff for Touchdown Alabama Magazine will release a series of player spotlight pieces on starters and marquee contributors for the 2020 football season. RELATED: 2020 Alabama Player Spotlight:  OLB Will Anderson  In these articles, we will dive into the strengths and weaknesses of each player, provide […]]]>

With Alabama football’s fall camp in full swing, the staff for Touchdown Alabama Magazine will release a series of player spotlight pieces on starters and marquee contributors for the 2020 football season.

RELATED: 2020 Alabama Player Spotlight:  OLB Will Anderson 

In these articles, we will dive into the strengths and weaknesses of each player, provide expectations for 2020, give NFL Draft projections for those who are eligible, and conclude with how each one can impact the team.

The next Alabama player and the fourth freshman, who Touchdown Alabama will spotlight is true freshman defensive back, Malachi Moore.

Malachi Moore

-Position: Defensive Back

-Classification: Freshman

-Height: 6-0

-Weight: 182 pounds

-2019 stats: N/A

Strengths

– Technically sound

– Physicality

– High Football IQ

– Versatility

– Effective tackler

Summary: Malachi Moore’s transition to become a safety began a year ago during his senior season at Hewitt-Trussville High School.

With a background as a cornerback for most of his high school career, Moore has the skillset to play multiple positions within the secondary. The former 4-Star recruit has above averaged defensive back technique with flexible hips, which allows him to change directions in pass coverage effeciently. This combined with his knowldege of the game makes him a great defensive back prospect.

During his time at Hewitt-Trussville, he was often matched up one on one with some great wide receiver prospects, including current Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver, George Pickens, and current Oklahoma wide receiver, Jadon Hasselwood. So, there is no denying that Moore is battle tested. However, his biggest strength lies within the level of physicality he brings to the gridiron.

Throughout Moore’s growth as a defensive back, it has been evident that he loves contact and being physical. This aids him in multiple ways on the defensive side of the football as he is a defensive back, who is willing to come down to help in run support.

RELATED: Malachi Moore Recruiting Profile

Weaknesses

– Lack of Elite Speed

Summary: Moore may not have break away speed, but he makes it for it with his quickness to the football.

He played basketball early on in his high school career and brings that to the table. One can easily see how defenisve techniques from the hardwood translate to the gridirion when looking at the way Moore floats around the secondary in coverage.

Expectations for 2020 season

All signs point to Moore seeing playing time this upcoming season as the Crimson Tide will have a relatively young secondary. The departure of Jared Mayden, Shyheim Carter, Trevon Diggs and Xavier McKinney has left some holes in Alabama’s seondary, which has left the door open for freshmen like Moore to work their way into Alabama’s secondary rotation. At the moment, Moore is expected to be one of the first freshmen on the field for Nick Saban and company this season.

NFL Draft 2021 projections

Not Eligible

Conclusion

Moore was a bit of a sleeper coming into Alabama’s 2020 fall camp, but looks to have made a name for himslef early on during his time in Tuscaloosa. The Hewitt-Trussville product may have an opportunity to be a breakout player as a freshman.

RELATED: 2020 Player Spotlight: QB Mac Jones

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Emil Ekiyor is viewed ‘as a starter’ for Alabama on its offensive line, per Nick Saban https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/09/17/emil-ekiyor-alabama-offensive-line/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:29:26 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=82843 During his presser on Wednesday, Nick Saban unveiled another starter or potential starter for Alabama football on its offensive line. For a group that is flooded with experience and talent, Emil Ekiyor Jr. has emerged as one of seven players that Saban views as starters up front. Only five guys can be on the field […]]]>

During his presser on Wednesday, Nick Saban unveiled another starter or potential starter for Alabama football on its offensive line.

For a group that is flooded with experience and talent, Emil Ekiyor Jr. has emerged as one of seven players that Saban views as starters up front. Only five guys can be on the field at one time, but Saban looks at Ekiyor as one of those individuals.

He performed well at right guard in the final scrimmage of preseason camp, helping the running backs have a strong outing and protecting all three quarterbacks to have great numbers. Ekiyor arrived in the Crimson Tide’s 2018 signing class as a four-star and has played in 12 career games. A native of Indianapolis, Ind., he showcased versatility at Cathedral High School in playing both center and guard.

His father, Emil Ekiyor Sr., was an incredible athlete who played for the Atlanta Falcons, Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

Although he came in at 338 pounds, the redshirt sophomore lost 14 pounds (324) and is in great shape at 6-foot-3.

RELATED: Jordan Battle playing with ‘a lot of confidence’ and has gotten others to ‘play better,’ according to Nick Saban

According to Saban, Ekiyor will get a lot of playing time.

“He’s played really well,” Saban said of Ekiyor. “He has had a really good camp. He has got very good power. He is very smart as a player. He can play multiple positions at center and guard. We look at him as a starter and he can start at multiple positions for us.”

Alabama has its two offensive tackles — Alex Leatherwood and Evan Neal — and its left guard in Deonte Brown.

With Landon Dickerson’s versatility at center and guard, he may end up starting the season at center. This leaves the right guard spot open for Ekiyor and after hearing Coach Saban, the third-year player projects to be starter at the position.

The Tide is in position to win the Joe Moore Award with this group on the line.

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