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He was not only a major asset to Tua Tagovailoa, but DeVonta Smith also helped Mac Jones settle in — upon him replacing Tagovailoa late in the 2019 season. People crack on his size, but Smith returns as one of college football’s best playmakers on the outside in the coming fall. 

As good as Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III were at Alabama, Smith has an opportunity to surpass former Crimson Tide standout Amari Cooper for most career touchdown catches. 

After posting a team-high 14 scores last year, he is nine touchdowns shy (23) of 31 – which stands as the record. The Louisiana native led the Tide in receiving yards (1,256) and yards per matchup (96.6), while catching 68 passes. Smith collected three 100-yard games, including a couple of 200-yard outings versus Mississippi (274) and LSU (213) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

According to Pro Football Focus, Smith was very good to quarterbacks. When he was targeted, signal callers achieved a 152.5 passer rating – which was third in college football. 

He trailed only Jaylen Waddle and Ruggs. 

While he is currently 10th all-time in school history for receptions (118), Smith has often been compared to Marvin Harrison.

A Pro Football Hall of Famer, Harrison played 13 seasons in the National Football League (1996-08) with the Indianapolis Colts.  

The silent assassin was a huge blessing to Peyton Manning, as Harrison excelled in route running, deceptive speed and making clutch catches.

He, like Smith, was not a big target yet Harrison was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time NFL All-Pro first team, two-time NFL receptions leader (2000, 2002), two-time NFL receiving yards leader (1999, 2002), NFL receiving touchdowns co-leader (2005) and a Super Bowl champion in 2006.

The 6-foot, 185-pounder had eight 1,000-yard seasons – including four 1,400-yard campaigns in his tenure.  

RELATED: Nick Saban, Alabama get name drop in Netflix series “Space Force”

DeSean Jackson, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, is another smaller target that has carved out a great professional career.

He carries the same weight as Smith (175 pounds) on a 5’10” frame and has been in the league since 2008. Jackson, a product from the University of California at Berkley, is a three-time Pro Bowler and a five-time 1,000-yard receiver. 

Smith, who’s listed at 6-foot-1, has the potential to be as good as both players listed. 

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Mike Vick says Tua Tagovailoa will start week one for Dolphins, compares him to Steve Young https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/30/mike-vick-says-tua-tagovailoa-will-start-week-one-for-dolphins-compares-him-to-steve-young/ Sat, 30 May 2020 23:59:28 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77787 He has a $30 million contract, the highest-selling NFL jersey and a host of endorsement deals; however, Tua Tagovailoa is preparing himself to soon take his first snap at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.  A native Hawaiian, he was selected at No. 5 overall in this year’s draft and the organization is very excited to […]]]>

He has a $30 million contract, the highest-selling NFL jersey and a host of endorsement deals; however, Tua Tagovailoa is preparing himself to soon take his first snap at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. 

A native Hawaiian, he was selected at No. 5 overall in this year’s draft and the organization is very excited to have him. Miami has not had a superstar under center since Dan Marino, but it believes it has struck gold with Tagovailoa.

Once a five-star in the 2017 recruiting cycle, he chose to attend the University of Alabama and be an offensive signal caller for Nick Saban. 

RELATED: Nick Saban, Alabama get name drop in Netflix series “Space Force”

Despite injuries, he would have a sensational collegiate career that included a Southeastern Conference Championship, a national title, All-American honors, status as a Heisman finalist, first-team All-SEC, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp honor. 

Tagovailoa accounted for 7,442 passing yards and holds the all-time record for touchdown passes (87) and total scores (96) in Crimson Tide history. Former NFL great, Mike Vick was on The Herd with Colin Cowherd via Fox Sports 1 on Friday. The topic was Tagovailoa and Vick, who was also an exciting, left-handed quarterback, said the first-round pick should start week one for the Dolphins. 

Vick praised Tagovailoa’s accuracy and ball placement. He even co-signed the thought everyone has of Tagovailoa, in comparing him to Steve Young. As another decorative lefty, Young won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers and was known for his accuracy and mobility. 

While the Dolphins have Ryan Fitzpatrick on the roster, the fans want to see what the future holds with Tagovailoa.

He’s recovered tremendously from the hip injury and is ready to be impactful.  

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VIDEO: Lane Kiffin of Ole Miss to challenge Nick Saban the most in Alabama’s 2020 regular season https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/30/video-lane-kiffin-of-ole-miss-to-challenge-nick-saban-the-most-in-alabamas-2020-regular-season/ Sat, 30 May 2020 22:24:32 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77784 He has history with Nick Saban and after three years at Florida Atlantic University, he has returned to the Southeastern Conference to challenge his former boss.   Despite LSU being the defending conference and national champions, Georgia having the most talented roster and Tennessee trending upward, Lane Kiffin enters a program in Mississippi that boasts the offensive […]]]>

He has history with Nick Saban and after three years at Florida Atlantic University, he has returned to the Southeastern Conference to challenge his former boss.  

Despite LSU being the defending conference and national champions, Georgia having the most talented roster and Tennessee trending upward, Lane Kiffin enters a program in Mississippi that boasts the offensive talent to frustrate Alabama.

Ole Miss scored 31 points on the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium last year and John Rhys Plumlee returns as the engine of the attack.  

RELATED: Alabama vs USC’s 2016 meeting was a 52-6 embarrassment. Get ready for another one.

Defensively, the Rebels must locate some leaders. 

Along with its offense, Kiffin would have the atmosphere of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to challenge Saban and he’s never shied away from taking shots. The biggest asset to Saban is his mental fortitude and ability to wear down opponents.

Kiffin has a mindset of his own and after not getting the opportunity to coach in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship matchup (2016 season) versus Clemson, he’ll use that as fuel to throw everything at Alabama. 

On Friday, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine introduced the topic of the coach that would give Saban the hardest time on Alabama’s regular season schedule. Although I chose Kiffin via In My Own Words, who would your selection be?

Check out the segment above. 

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Donovan Edwards, 4-Star RB, remains in contact with Alabama offensive staff https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/30/donovan-edwards-4-star-rb-remains-in-contact-with-alabama-offensive-staff/ Sat, 30 May 2020 19:43:38 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77774 2021 4-Star running back, Donovan Edwards, has been building a relationship with multiple members of Alabama’s staff recently. Edwards currently attends West Bloomfield High School in West Bloomfield, Michigan. The 4-Star prospect expressed to yours truly, Steve Sarkisian and Charles Huff have been in contact with him as of late. Get the BEST Alabama football […]]]>

2021 4-Star running back, Donovan Edwards, has been building a relationship with multiple members of Alabama’s staff recently.

Edwards currently attends West Bloomfield High School in West Bloomfield, Michigan. The 4-Star prospect expressed to yours truly, Steve Sarkisian and Charles Huff have been in contact with him as of late.

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Nick Saban, Alabama get name drop in Netflix series “Space Force” https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/30/nick-saban-alabama-get-name-drop-in-netflix-series-space-force/ Sat, 30 May 2020 18:56:26 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77771 Nick Saban and Alabama football were involved in a hilarious exchange in a Netflix series entitled “Space Force.” Netflix has the series’ synopsis listed as ‘A four-star general begrudgingly teams up with an eccentric scientist to get the U.S. military’s newest agency — Space Force — ready for lift-off.’ The show stars Steve Carrol and […]]]>

Nick Saban and Alabama football were involved in a hilarious exchange in a Netflix series entitled “Space Force.”

Netflix has the series’ synopsis listed as ‘A four-star general begrudgingly teams up with an eccentric scientist to get the U.S. military’s newest agency — Space Force — ready for lift-off.’ The show stars Steve Carrol and John Malkovich. In the scene were Alabama and Nick Saban are mentioned, Saban’s salary is used as an argument in a negotiation.

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Alabama vs USC’s 2016 meeting was a 52-6 embarrassment. Get ready for another one. https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/30/alabama-vs-uscs-2016-meeting-was-a-52-6-embarrassment-get-ready-for-another-one/ https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/30/alabama-vs-uscs-2016-meeting-was-a-52-6-embarrassment-get-ready-for-another-one/#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 10:16:07 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77745 In their last meeting Alabama beat that season's Rose Bowl Champions 52-6. Now five years later will the Tide embarrass USC as badly this time? Read why we think so.]]>

Alabama vs USC’s 2016 meeting was a 52-6 embarrassment. Get ready for another one.

In 2016, USC was thought to have all the makings of a great team. They did in fact put together a great season that year. They won 10 games, made it to the Rose Bowl and defeated a good Penn State team. Normally this would have the Trojan fans remembering this as a banner year.

Except for one thing, USC was Alabama’s sacrificial lamb for the big first game of the season. In the Nick Saban era at Alabama, it has been Saban’s intent to open the season with a high profile good team once he got to start having input on the scheduling. He likes to test his men early on, give them a target to focus on during the spring, summer and fall practices. He also likes to win those games and Nick Saban is undefeated in all his opening day games at Alabama.

He not only wins those games, but he wins them big. In thirteen seasons at Alabama Saban’s teams have won their first games by a combined score of 529-144. That’s an average of winning the first game by a score of 40.6-11.

In 2016 USC was beaten by a score of 52-6, tying the worst opening day slaughter of an Alabama opening day opponent since the 2007 meeting of Alabama and the Western Carolina Catamounts.

For USC, the outlook doesn’t get much better when they consider their prospects of once again opening up against the Tide to start the 2020 season.

Alabama brings back more that just the nucleus of their juggernaut offense from last season and every sharp eye in sports reporting knows the 2020 defense will be several notches up from the one they put on the field last season.

On top of that, the Alabama fans, coaches and players are ticked at the way the 2019 went down. They lost two games they could have / should have won and missed the college football playoffs for the first time. They are ticked and they want to prove a point and for USC, unfortunately for them, they are in the cross-hairs for Alabama to make a statement game and finish week one at their typical spot as the nation’s top rated team.

Then there’s continuity and that will hurt the Trojans. Yes they have a ton of folks returning from last season on defense and on offense, their red hot QB Kedon Slovis returns after taking over for an injured J.T. Daniels. But can you say sophomore slump for Slovis? With two new tackles coming in and a sputtering run game, this could get ugly quickly.

Continuity for Bama? With so much talent returning including many receivers that Jones has been throwing to in practice for three years and a great running attack, Bama is sure to keep the scoreboard operators busy. The lack of spring football won’t hurt Alabama like it will USC. Bama is just a well oiled machine.

Also Bama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian won’t mind running up the score against the team that showed him the door in his last head coaching job.

Yes, USC will have some good players and they may just win the Pac 12 again this year, the PAC 12 South for sure, but they had all that and did all that in 2016 too and still got steam rolled by the Alabama team who made them look like a JV scout team.

In the end, USC may just try and make a good showing of it and that will be the difference. That’s because Alabama is not coming in just to make a great showing, they are coming in to make a statement that the Tide is high this season and they’re going to roll. If Alabama is a 28 to 35 point favorite, bet on the Tide. All indications point to another embarrassment even though this is a really good USC team.

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Power 5 conferences ask Congress to form a policy for player compensation https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/29/power-5-conferences-ask-congress-to-form-a-policy-for-player-compensation/ Fri, 29 May 2020 20:17:54 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77763 With a campaign that has been years in the making, collegiate athletes are finally beginning to see traction on the stance of being allowed to profit off of their name, image and likenesses (NIL). Back on April 29, the NCAA Board of Governors supported rule changes that would help athletes receive compensation for third-party endorsements […]]]>

With a campaign that has been years in the making, collegiate athletes are finally beginning to see traction on the stance of being allowed to profit off of their name, image and likenesses (NIL).

Back on April 29, the NCAA Board of Governors supported rule changes that would help athletes receive compensation for third-party endorsements related to and separate from athletics.

Although it was a step in the right direction, the members of the Autonomy Five (A5) conferences which include the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, The Big Ten, the Pac-12 Conference and the South Eastern Conference, all conjoined to pen a letter to the United States Congress in hopes to create a national policy on NIL.

Within the letter were statements and wishes that the student athletes would be able to see profit on their NIL, while preserving the collegiate model.

It also provided a set of standards that the conferences hope to be incorporated that would “regulate NIL economic opportunity for student-athletes while also promoting academics and protecting student-athletes from unscrupulous actors.”

The conferences also stressed to not wait for the NCAA’s process to conclude, and for states to pass their own laws with regards to NIL.

“A the leaders of the A5 conferences, we believe strongly that Congress should enact the framework for a clear national policy on NIL as soon as possible and not wait for the NCAA process to conclude before movie forward with a national legislative plan,” read the letter.

“We intend to work with the NCAA to help shape those rules, but the Congressional process should move forward in the meantime. In the absence of federal NIL legislation, we expect most if not all states to pass their own disparate NIL laws in early 2021, to take effect in summer of 2021 if not sooner. So, time is of the essence.”

Attached to the document were a list of consensus principles on NIL per Brett McMurphy.

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The letter can be found here.

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Justin’s Recruiting Bites https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/29/justins-recruiting-bites-2-12/ Fri, 29 May 2020 13:46:33 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77751 Alabama Recruiting Update Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class has steadily grown over the last month and this progress looks like it will continue. RELATED: ALABAMA’s 2021 commitment list  The Tide’s 2021 class now has sixth commits after a recruiting surge, where they have landed five commits over the last month or so. With multiple Alabama targets […]]]>

Alabama Recruiting Update

Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class has steadily grown over the last month and this progress looks like it will continue.

RELATED: ALABAMA’s 2021 commitment list 

The Tide’s 2021 class now has sixth commits after a recruiting surge, where they have landed five commits over the last month or so. With multiple Alabama targets possibly on the peak of making a decision, Alabama can keep this momentum going on the recruiting trail. A look at some recruits who could commit to Alabama next, a recap of the latest in Alabama recruiting news and more are included in this edition of Justin’s Recruiting Bites.

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Jalen Hurts wins Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/28/jalen-hurts-wins-big-12-male-athlete-of-the-year/ Fri, 29 May 2020 01:19:40 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77744 The blessings keep coming to him.  He showed that he could create success away from Alabama, as he helped Oklahoma capture a Big 12 Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Jalen Hurts, a native of Channelview, Texas, posted huge numbers last season and was awarded first-team All- Big 12, Big 12 Newcomer of […]]]>

The blessings keep coming to him. 

He showed that he could create success away from Alabama, as he helped Oklahoma capture a Big 12 Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Jalen Hurts, a native of Channelview, Texas, posted huge numbers last season and was awarded first-team All- Big 12, Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and earned the status of a Heisman finalist. He compiled 5,174 total yards offensively with 53 touchdowns – including 32 passing scores – on the campaign. 

After a tremendous final year of collegiate athletics, he dominated the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day.

These performances led to Hurts getting selected at No. 53 overall in the NFL Draft to the Philadelphia Eagles. Before he gears up for life as a professional, there is one final award for him.

According to soonersports.com, Hurts was named Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year. 

Along with the Heisman Trophy, Hurts was also a finalist for Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Manning Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and Senior CLASS Award.

RELATED: Contract details and jersey number revealed for rookie QB Jalen Hurts

He becomes the sixth Sooner quarterback to win the honor, joining Kyler Murray (2018-19), Baker Mayfield (2017-18), Sam Bradford (2008-09), Jason White (2003-04) and Josh Heupel (2000-01). Hurts is now ready to showcase his blend of distributing passes and running the ball in the pros.

He was a great ambassador for Alabama and Oklahoma. 

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Comparing Alabama football to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls ‘Last Dance’ documentary https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/28/comparing-alabama-football-to-michael-jordan-and-the-chicago-bulls-last-dance-documentary/ Thu, 28 May 2020 21:12:03 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77741 Many similarities can be drawn between Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls and Alabama football with Nick Saban. The Last Dance documentary showed us the heart, fight, passion and determination of Jordan and his teammates to reach six NBA Championships in the 1990’s. In college football, Saban and the Crimson Tide possesses the same attitude […]]]>

Many similarities can be drawn between Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls and Alabama football with Nick Saban.

The Last Dance documentary showed us the heart, fight, passion and determination of Jordan and his teammates to reach six NBA Championships in the 1990’s.

In college football, Saban and the Crimson Tide possesses the same attitude when it comes to contending for national championships. Saban has five titles with Alabama and if not for a few unfortunate situations, he would actually have eight national championships.

The 68-year-old expects to surpass the legendary Paul W. “Bear” Bryant this year and win his seventh title. 

RELATED: VIDEO: Alabama’s Mac Jones is the most proven QB returning to the SEC

On Wednesday, former Alabama wide receiver Matt Caddell was featured via In My Own Words with yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine. The conversation was comparing the Bulls to Alabama football. Check out the video above on who we picked to represent Phil Jackson, Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman for the Tide in the coming season. 

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Chris Rogers and TAP Inc. giveaway 10,000 meals during COVID-19 pandemic https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/28/chris-rogers-and-tap-inc-giveaway-10000-meals-during-covid-19-pandemic/ Thu, 28 May 2020 19:41:39 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77721 Although he is a native Floridian, citizens of Birmingham (Ala.) have thoroughly embraced him as their son. His slogan, “Pay it Forward,” is more than just words. It is an action that was birthed out of him in 2010. Since the start of Together Assisting People or TAP, Chris Rogers has been tirelessly helping the […]]]>

Although he is a native Floridian, citizens of Birmingham (Ala.) have thoroughly embraced him as their son. His slogan, “Pay it Forward,” is more than just words. It is an action that was birthed out of him in 2010.

Since the start of Together Assisting People or TAP, Chris Rogers has been tirelessly helping the youth, collegiate athletes and professional athletes accomplish their dreams in athletics and outside of sports. He has guided young men and women into desiring the best for themselves, in terms of excelling in school, restoring hope to communities, and seeing the blessings that come with sacrifice.

Rogers carries the same impact on everyone that has come through the TAP program and on Wednesday, he encountered a special moment. 

Photo of TAP high schoolers and Alabama DL DJ Dale comes from Birmingham City Council Public Information Office

 

Photo of former Alabama DL and current New York Jet, Quinnen Williams helping TAP comes from Birmingham City Council Public Information Office

 

Photo of TAP team comes from Birmingham City Council Public Information Office

2020 will be a year no one forgets.

Whether it claimed lives or brought a deadly pandemic that nobody saw coming, the year entered and provided many trials. Even with businesses starting to reopen in Alabama, cases of the coronavirus are steadily rising. We now live in a time where people have no jobs and are depending on unemployment and stimulus checks to push through. 

RELATED: Quinnen Williams ditches the Oreos in preparation for a breakout season

Legion Field has served as the venue for many things – including the 1992 Southeastern Conference Championship Game – however, Rogers and his team used it for a much greater purpose. While wearing protective masks in the street, TAP gave away 10,000 boxes of food. 

 

Photo of TAP program member comes from Birmingham City Council Public Information Office

 

Photo of TAP program member comes from Birmingham City Council Public Information Office

 

Photo of Chris Rogers, founder of TAP, paying off funds for giveback comes from Birmingham City Council Public Information Office

 

Photo of Chris Rogers, founder of TAP, and former Alabama DL Quinnen Williams preparing to giveback to Birmingham during COVID-19/ Photo comes from Birmingham City Council’s Public Information Office

According to a press release, the giveback was the largest the city has seen during the global pandemic.

In following the CDC guidelines, the drive-through operation of TAP fed 10,000 families as 200,000 pounds of food was distributed.

To remember the impact his head coach had on him at Alabama, Rogers stated on how Nick Saban is very proud with how his former players have continue bridging the gap in helping the young and old in the community.

Photo of Chris Rogers, founder of TAP Inc., doing a press conference before the giveaway on Wednesday. Photo comes from WBRC Fox 6 News

“Coach Saban always reminded us that, ‘people will not remember you for scoring touchdowns, but how you made them feel.’ I know that he is proud of the impact we continue to have today, off the field,” Rogers said via press release.

“We are constantly looking for ways to give back and we will continue working towards advocating for and supporting our community. We are sensitive to these times; where jobs are being lost and many people are having to apply for unemployment and other assistance and we also understand there is a gap that needs to be filled when that assistance runs out.”

People from Birmingham and surrounding areas were catered to for five hours (1-6 p.m.) as everyone in the program was focused on meeting a need. The two biggest collegiate programs in the state — the University of Alabama and Auburn University – are known for the Iron Bowl rivalry, but no bad blood was a part of this coming together. Eleven former players from both schools combined such as Quinnen Williams, Andre Smith, Cassanova McKinzy, Eryk Anders, Marquis Maze, Tyrone King, Wesley Britt, Antonio Langham, Justin Woodall, Bobby Humphrey and Scott Deaton all pitched in.

Of course, a little friction had to come in and test their motive. Despite thunder, lightning and puddles of rain, no one left Legion Field. 

All of the middle school, high school, college and professional athletes in the program remained supplying vehicles with food. In giving it all away, seven colleges were highly represented and Rogers said it was one of the most ‘surreal’ moment of his life. 

College/high school athletes represented at TAP giveaway

Vonta Bentley, Clemson University

T.D. Moultry, Auburn University

DJ Dale, University of Alabama

Lee Witherspoon, Mississippi State University

Allen Love, Mississippi State University

Michael Lockhart, Georgia Tech University

Kennan Issac, Alabama State University

Kisean Johnson, Alabama State University

AJ Toney, Samford University

Jeremiah Alexander (4-star commit; Thompson HS), Alabama

Robby Ashford (4-star commit), Oregon

Justice Finkley (4-star commit; Hewitt-Trussville HS)

“I am getting goosebumps just talking about it,” Rogers said to yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine in an interview. “Seeing everyone from the middle schoolers, high school athletes, college guys and our pro athletes focused on the community was really special.” 

Rogers said the moment that made him smile the most was the perseverance of TAP in the rain. 

“That part was so dope, because the middle school, high school and collegiate guys could have gone home,” he said. “They all stayed and everyone kept giving. What was so cool about it was we treated the moment like a football game. We were like ‘man, this is football weather. Let’s go.’” 

Not only were the residents appreciative, but they were also allowed to get more food for other family members and friends that did not make the drive. Along with TAP, Leonard Stephens of Step-By-Step Performance Training and Kevin Brown of Xtreme Fitness and Performance joined Rogers.

The three made it a priority as the positive forces of Birmingham demonstrated what true mentorship means in the community. 

“When Chris told me he was doing this, I was down to help,” Stephens said. “I told him that whatever he needed from me and my guys, we are prepared.” 

Rogers said one of the biggest goals of TAP is getting young athletes to be engaged and involved in the community, but Stephens harped on the best moment he saw came from the pro athletes. 

“Usually, those guys are ready for the cameras, interviews and pictures,” Stephens said. “However, that was not the case on Wednesday. I saw guys that talked for a moment, but then told reporters that they were here to serve the people.” 

Community partners that made a huge contribution with TAP

-Modern Day Fitness

-Xtreme Fitness and Performance

-All in One Training Academy

-Jackson Performance Institute (JPI)

-Step-By-Step Performance Training

As an athlete for the Crimson Tide, Rogers bonded with his teammates, pulled the best traits out of them and helped the school capture its first BCS National Championship under Nick Saban in 2009. He has encouraged his former teammates to open businesses, give back to their communities and set up plans for life after football.

He’s been a guiding force for all people in Birmingham, and Wednesday provided another chapter of what he means to the “Magic City.” 

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VIDEO: Alabama’s Mac Jones is the most proven QB returning to the SEC https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/28/video-alabamas-mac-jones-is-the-most-proven-qb-returning-to-the-sec/ Thu, 28 May 2020 17:49:24 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77726 Contrary to popular belief, Mac Jones returns to the University of Alabama as the most proven quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. He filled in admirably for Tua Tagovailoa and did more than hold his own in his four starts last year. Jones led Alabama’s offense to 40-point performances versus Arkansas and Auburn, while guiding the […]]]>

Contrary to popular belief, Mac Jones returns to the University of Alabama as the most proven quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.

He filled in admirably for Tua Tagovailoa and did more than hold his own in his four starts last year.

Jones led Alabama’s offense to 40-point performances versus Arkansas and Auburn, while guiding the team to a 35-16 victory over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. Despite a pair of pick-sixes versus the Tigers, the native Floridian responded with four touchdown passes – earning the respect of Auburn’s leaders on defense. 

RELATED: Quinnen Williams ditches the Oreos in preparation for a breakout season

While the team has bought into Jones, members of the Crimson Tide’s fan base remain unsold on him as the starting quarterback. Doubts still occur in their mind on whether the former four-star can actually lead the Tide to a national championship. On Wednesday, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine compared Jones to the other signal callers in the SEC. With the conference losing Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow and Jake Fromm to the National Football League, there aren’t many proven guys returning.

For those who are not sold on Jones, who would be better than him? 

The discussion was interesting via In My Own Words. 

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WATCH: Ian Jackson breaks down his verbal commitment to Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/28/watch-ian-jackson-breaks-down-his-verbal-commitment-to-alabama/ Thu, 28 May 2020 16:45:54 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77715 Ian Jackson is the latest 2021 prospect to announce his verbal commitment to Alabama. Jackson is rated as a 4-Star recruit and is a product of Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama. Scouting/Recruiting Analyst, Justin Smith, caught up with Jackson for an exclusive interview to discuss why he committed to the Tide. WATCH VIDEO BELOW: […]]]>

Ian Jackson is the latest 2021 prospect to announce his verbal commitment to Alabama.

Jackson is rated as a 4-Star recruit and is a product of Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama. Scouting/Recruiting Analyst, Justin Smith, caught up with Jackson for an exclusive interview to discuss why he committed to the Tide.

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BREAKING: Ian Jackson, 4-Star LB, commits to Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/28/breaking-ian-jackson-4-star-lb-commits-to-alabama/ Thu, 28 May 2020 16:37:21 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77505 2021 4-Star linebacker, Ian Jackson, announced his verbal commitment to Alabama Thursday. Jackson has had quite the rise on Alabama’s recruiting board as he headed into the month of February without an Alabama offer and no contact at all from Alabama’s coaching staff. After visiting Alabama for Junior Day on Feb. 1, he immediately became […]]]>

2021 4-Star linebacker, Ian Jackson, announced his verbal commitment to Alabama Thursday.

Jackson has had quite the rise on Alabama’s recruiting board as he headed into the month of February without an Alabama offer and no contact at all from Alabama’s coaching staff. After visiting Alabama for Junior Day on Feb. 1, he immediately became one of the Tide’s top targets. Nick Saban informed the Prattville (AL) product about his offer.

“My family and I met with coach (Nick) Saban and they offered me,” Jackson told Touchdown Alabama in February. “He said he loved my versatility and the fact that I can play inside or outside linebacker. It was a great feeling when I found out. We had a great time  getting to know staff members and players.”

Throughout the recruiting dead period, Alabama’s coaching staff has stayed in constant contact with Jackson.  The 4-Star recruit told yours truly, Tide coaches from both sides of the ball were in contact with him.

“They have been contacting me pretty much every day,” Jackson said. “I have talked to coach (Charles) Kelly, coach Saban on the phone as well and to coach (Pete) Golding. I have talked to all the coaches on the defensive side of the ball and some coaches on offense as well.”

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Prattville High School used Jackson at the outside linebacker position as a junior and plans to move him to the inside linebacker position as a senior. He previously played cornerback and safety earlier in his high school career. Jackson’s versatility opens the door for him to possibly remain a linebacker at the next level or move to the secondary.

“I feel like I have good instincts,” Jackson said. “I consider myself pretty good at open-field tackling and at covering receivers and tight ends. One thing that has helped me a lot is the fact that I was playing safety and cornerback until this past season. Now, I love playing down near the line of scrimmage.”

The Tide now has six verbal commits in its 2021 recruiting class with a pledge from Jackson as he becomes Alabama’s third in-state commit.

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Alabama is getting a ‘smart and instinctive’ player in Ian Jackson https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/28/alabama-is-getting-a-smart-and-instinctive-player-in-ian-jackson/ Thu, 28 May 2020 16:37:07 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77707 Alabama now has six commits in its 2021 recruiting class with its latest pledge coming from 4-Star linebacker, Ian Jackson, Thursday. Jackson is Alabama’s third in-state commit in the 2021 recruiting class and is the Tide’s fourth defensive pledge. The Prattville product chose Alabama over LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Oregon and Oklahoma. The 4-Star recruit brings […]]]>

Alabama now has six commits in its 2021 recruiting class with its latest pledge coming from 4-Star linebacker, Ian Jackson, Thursday.

Jackson is Alabama’s third in-state commit in the 2021 recruiting class and is the Tide’s fourth defensive pledge. The Prattville product chose Alabama over LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Oregon and Oklahoma. The 4-Star recruit brings a lot of potential on the football field, but his attitude off the field is what makes him a special young man, according to Prattville’s head coach.

“Ian Jackson is a great young man,” Caleb Ross said. “He is one of the best kids I have ever coached. He comes from a great family and really is a joy to be around. He is a kid you never have to worry about getting in trouble and that is why he is one of our captains. He just knows how to talk to people and has a family, who knows the power of community.”

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What are Alabama chances at landing 4-Star LB, Ian Jackson? https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/27/what-are-alabama-chances-at-landing-4-star-lb-ian-jackson/ Thu, 28 May 2020 02:15:46 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77712 Alabama’s 4-Star linebacker target, Ian Jackson, is expected to announce his commitment Thursday. Oregon, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia make up his Final 6. The Tide offered the in-state program in February when they hosted him for their junior day event. Multiple members of the coaching staff’s listed in his Final 6 have been […]]]>

Alabama’s 4-Star linebacker target, Ian Jackson, is expected to announce his commitment Thursday.

Oregon, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia make up his Final 6. The Tide offered the in-state program in February when they hosted him for their junior day event. Multiple members of the coaching staff’s listed in his Final 6 have been in contact with him throughout this recruiting dead period.

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Quinnen Williams ditches the Oreos in preparation for a breakout season https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/27/quinnen-williams-ditches-the-oreos-in-preparation-for-a-breakout-season/ Wed, 27 May 2020 22:56:20 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77703 The offseason is an important time for NFL players, especially those who are still looking to make a major impact on the league. Former Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is surely one of those players. Following a bit of a quiet rookie season where Williams brought in 28 tackles, four tackles for loss, six quarterback […]]]>

The offseason is an important time for NFL players, especially those who are still looking to make a major impact on the league.

Former Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is surely one of those players.

Following a bit of a quiet rookie season where Williams brought in 28 tackles, four tackles for loss, six quarterback hits and 2.5 sacks, he is using the offseason to refine his body in hopes to become a major impact player for the New York Jets this upcoming season.

And for Williams that means no more Oreos.

“I’ve really been declining my body fat and gaining muscle, so thats what we really focus on so I can come back leaner and better so… no more Oreos,” said Williams when speaking to WBRC . “No more Oreos, none of that unhealthy stuff.”

Williams was known as a high motor, high production player during his time at the University of Alabama.

In essentially just true season of actually seeing playing time, Williams dominated opposing offenses with his play with Alabama offensive tackle and teammate Jonah Williams calling his a “300 pound bar of soap.”

It was these kind of measurable and style of play which warranted the Jets to take him with the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

And if he was a dominant force before his body transformation, then the sky is the limit if he gets into even better shape.

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Alabama’s 2020 recruiting class officially enrolls https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/27/alabamas-2020-recruiting-class-officially-enrolls/ Wed, 27 May 2020 18:53:50 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77695 The rest of Alabama’s 2020 recruiting class has officially enrolled in the University of Alabama and has begun taking online classes. They have yet to move-in as they will begin that process next week. The Crimson Tide enrolled 13 members of its 2020 recruiting class in December. The other 12 started classes Wednesday. The SEC […]]]>

The rest of Alabama’s 2020 recruiting class has officially enrolled in the University of Alabama and has begun taking online classes.

They have yet to move-in as they will begin that process next week. The Crimson Tide enrolled 13 members of its 2020 recruiting class in December. The other 12 started classes Wednesday.

The SEC approved voluntary workouts to begin June 8. With the Tide missing out on all Spring football activities, Alabama’s players are expected to hit the ground running when they are allowed to work in-person with Alabama’s strength and conditioning staff again.

25 recruits sign with the University of Alabama in the 2020 cycle.

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Is Jerry Jeudy dropping a rap album? https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/27/is-jerry-jeudy-dropping-a-rap-album/ Wed, 27 May 2020 16:46:30 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77692 If there was ever a time to get creative and explore other avenues of success, now would most certainly be the time. With millions of people picking up new skills, get back into reading or making TikTok videos, there is no shortage about what you can do. So what does former Alabama wide receiver Jerry […]]]>

If there was ever a time to get creative and explore other avenues of success, now would most certainly be the time.

With millions of people picking up new skills, get back into reading or making TikTok videos, there is no shortage about what you can do.

So what does former Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy decide to do in his down time?

Possibly drop a rap album.

It appears as if Jeudy is teaming with New Era Promotion, a marketing, promotion and management company, to help produce and promote his album.

Jeudy isn’t the first athlete to dip his toe into the rap game as NBA stars Damien Lillard and Shaquille O’neal are no stranger to the mic, as well as NFL players like Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

Maybe in the near future Alabama will be running out to a track made by one of their former players.

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Jedrick Wills shows off his swaggy, iced out new chain https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/05/27/jedrick-wills-shows-off-his-swaggy-iced-out-new-chain/ Wed, 27 May 2020 16:17:28 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=77684 We have a new drip king in the National Football League.  He was not playing around when it came to protecting quarterbacks and establishing a rushing attack at Alabama, and Jedrick Wills does not play in the jewelry game either. As the No. 10 overall pick of this year’s NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns, […]]]>

We have a new drip king in the National Football League. 

He was not playing around when it came to protecting quarterbacks and establishing a rushing attack at Alabama, and Jedrick Wills does not play in the jewelry game either.

As the No. 10 overall pick of this year’s NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns, Wills decided to spoil himself with an iced out bear chain.

Since he has to deal with the cold temperatures in Cleveland come football season, he’s prepared for it with his new piece. Wills started 29 games at right tackle for the Crimson Tide in his career.

A four-star in the 2017 signing class, he was on a College Football Playoff National Championship team and a Southeastern Conference title squad. 

The 6-foot-4, 312-pounder allowed just one sack in 2018, helping Tua Tagovailoa become the fourth 3,000-yard quarterback (3,966) of the Nick Saban era. He set Alabama’s single-season school record for passing yards, touchdown passes (43) and total scores (48) that year while earning All-American honors and being a Heisman finalist. Wills also cleared the way for two 1,000-yard running backs – Damien Harris, Najee Harris – in his three seasons with the Tide. 

RELATED: O.J. Howard breaks down why he came to Alabama

While some people considered his first purchase to be unwise, the Kentucky native even had a response to that on social media. He left the University of Alabama with 3.45 grade point average in finance and in his mind, he knows that he will make the right decisions in providing for his family.

With his new ice, Wills is prepared to be the coldest offensive tackle in the NFL. 

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