Alabama Football: The good, not so good and the bad against Missouri

Alabama football continued its championship march Saturday night against Missouri. Check out the good, not so good and the bad in the game. When other championship contenders faltered Saturday, Alabama football continued its winning ways, beating Missouri 39-10. Overall the win was The Crimson Tide’s most impressive of the season. Let’s review the game by […] Alabama Football: The good, not so good and the bad against Missouri - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Nick Saban dismisses concerns about Tua Tagovailoa’s knee injury

Nick Saban dismissed concerns about Tua Tagovailoa’s knee injury following Alabama’s win over Missouri on Saturday.

Tagovailoa threw for three touchdowns in Bama’s 39-10 victory over the Tigers. However, he left the game in the third quarter and did not return. Jalen Hurts took over as the Tide’s quarterback and went 7-of-8 for 115 yards, leading the team on one touchdown drive.

After the game, Saban was asked about Tagovailoa’s status and did not seem concerned.

“Tua’s okay, he had the same injury he had before. We just didn’t put him back in the game,” Saban told ESPN after the game.

Saban also said that Tagovailoa could have gone back into the game but they did not feel it was worth it.

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Top takeaways from college football Week 7

Four top-10 teams lost on Saturday. Yeah, college football Week 7 was absolutely bonkers, as upsets and crazy situations unfolded around the nation.

In addition to the huge upsets, we saw two teams brawl, two head coaches go at it from their sidelines and one of the best players in the nation exit his game with an injury.

Those are just some of the things we’re looking at as we survey the biggest happenings in Week 7.

Second-half surge keeps Ohio State perfect

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Tua Tagovailoa exits in third quarter with apparent leg injury

Tua Tagovailoa took off on a scramble in the third quarter as Alabama hosted Missouri Saturday night, and after he slid on the turf, he stayed down.

As Tagovailoa was attended to by trainers, his right leg was being looked at. Thankfully after a few minutes of being examined, he was able to jog off the field under his own power.

Jalen Hurts came into the game to replace Tagovailoa, who had already thrown for 265 yards and three touchdowns, including an 81-yard bomb on the game’s second play from scrimmage.

After Tagovailoa exited the game, he went into the medical tent for further treatment.

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This stat illustrates how dominant Alabama's offense has been

Everyone knows the Alabama Crimson Tide are the best team in the country. However, we sometimes miss just how dominant this team is. One shocking statistic captures Alabama’s excellence perfectly.

Many fans may not be familiar with Skyler DeLong, and for good reason. He is Alabama’s punter. But after drilling six punts on Sept. 22 against Texas A&M, he hasn’t taken the field to punt since.

Perhaps Alabama’s offense felt bad he needed to punt six times in the win over Texas A&M. If so, they’ve now provided him with several weeks of rest and relaxation while the freshman punter gets to sit back and enjoy his free sideline passes with Alabama.

The Crimson Tide are rolling on Saturday against Missouri. Meanwhile, they face the Tennessee Volunteers next Saturday. If the streak continues over the next two weeks, we may not see DeLong until November.

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Watch: Tua Tagovailoa shreds Mizzou with 81-yard TD on second play from scrimmage

Tua Tagovailoa is the deadliest passer in the nation. He’s proved that time and time again already this season, and once again on Saturday he put points on the board in no time flat.

On the game’s second play from scrimmage, Tagovailoa hit Jerry Jeudy on an 81-yard touchdown strike to put the Crimson Tide up 7-0.

Drew Lock quickly threw an interception, and ‘Bama put another three points on the board four plays later.

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Adidas consultant details payments to influence Dennis Smith Jr., two Kansas players

Oct 12, 2018Emailprint

NEW YORK -- Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola detailed payments he made to the families or friends of Brian Bowen, Dennis Smith Jr., Deandre Ayton, Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa in his testimony Thursday.

Gassnola was questioned by both government and defense attorneys in the federal wire fraud case against Adidas executive James Gatto, Adidas consultant Merl Code Jr. and runner Christian Dawkins. The defense's cross-examination of Gassnola will continue Monday.

Arizona coach Sean Miller has no interest in discussing his school's alleged ties to the FBI bribery trial unfolding in New York right now.

The government alleges defendants defrauded certain NCAA Division I schools by causing them to issue financial aid to players who were ineligible because their families had received illicit payments to sign with Adidas-sponsored teams.

As the first federal trial begins Monday in a corruption scandal that threatens to engulf college basketball, the coaches at four schools mentioned in the indictment are not the only ones nervous. Coaches at a half-dozen other schools could come up.

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Hot Board - Midnight Madness for Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils

Oct 12, 2018

The two biggest recruiting powers in the game the last several years are obvious: Kentucky and Duke. And the next two weekends, both programs will look to flex their muscles at Midnight Madness events. Kentucky kicks things off this weekend with Big Blue Madness, while Duke will host Countdown to Craziness next weekend. Both weekends generally feature a long list of high-profile prospects, and this year is no different.

Moreover, in a surprising twist, neither school features the No. 1 class in the country right now. These two weekends will go a long way toward determining whether either of them ends up atop the rankings once again.

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Florida State Seminoles, Oklahoma Sooners, Nebraska Cornhuskers, USC Trojans, Tennessee Volunteers have recruiting help on the way

Oct 12, 2018

Through six weeks of the college football season, math tells us that some teams are struggling. No need to look that up; I did the research and it's true.

The season isn't over yet, but whether it's the overall record or just one side of the ball, there are quite a few teams that could use a little help.

Through the magic of recruiting, help is on the way in the form of talent and hope. Landing that one piece of the puzzle can be make or break for a team on the verge of pushing to the next level. Landing an entirely new 25-piece puzzle and starting over is an option for some teams, too.

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Tua Tagovailoa dealing with sprained knee

Tua Tagovailoa is not completely healthy for Alabama, though you wouldn’t know it by his play.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday that Tagovailoa is dealing with a sprained knee, but still took every rep at practice ahead of Saturday’s game against Missouri.

Tagovailoa is having a brilliant season for Alabama. He’s completed 75.2 percent of his passes for 1,495 yards, 18 touchdowns and no interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for two scores.

The sophomore has been so good that he’s only attempted more than 19 passes in a game once. The rest of the time he’s helped the Tide build such a big lead early on that Jalen Hurts has come in after him and has almost half as many pass attempts this season. There’s a good reason Tagovailoa is our midseason Heisman Trophy winner.

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Georgia Bulldogs land Lewis Cine, No. 3 ranked safety in 2019 class

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The Georgia Bulldogs continue to be a dominant force on the recruiting trail under Kirby Smart.

On Wednesday, safety Lewis Cine became the latest highly coveted prospect to announce that he will play college football in Athens.

The 6-foot-2, 181-pound No. 3-ranked safety in the class of 2019 selected Georgia over Penn State, Florida, Michigan and Texas after making official visits to all five schools.

"I committed to Georgia because I felt comfortable there," said Cine. "I always wanted the best of both worlds, which is football and the educational aspect, and they provide that."

Cine began the process favoring Penn State, but Georgia made a move in the spring and summer with a Sept. 28 official visit for the Tennessee game pushing the Bulldogs over the top.

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Canadian women's basketball star Laeticia Amihere returning from knee injury stronger than ever

By Walter Villa | Oct 11, 2018Special to espnW

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Laeticia Amihere, the No. 10 prospect in the 2019 class, is explosive on both offense and defense. And now she's healthy.

Laeticia Amihere glanced up at her opponent. Way up.

The 6-foot-3 forward was representing Canada at the 2017 U19 World Cup in Italy, and she had drawn the assignment of defending China's 6-9 star center, Xu Han. There was reason to believe that, despite the height difference, Amihere was up to the task. Months earlier, Amihere got credit for being the first Canadian woman to dunk in a game. The video of the 15-year-old slamming it down on a fast break went viral.

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Tua Tagovailoa, Dwayne Haskins talk every week

Two of the best quarterbacks in college football also happen to be pretty good friends.

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins are the leaders of their respective teams and likely to be Heisman Trophy finalists. They have their teams undefeated and potentially headed for the College Football Playoff. And according to Buckeyes site Eleven Warriors, Tua and Haskins communicate with each other weekly.

“We sent each other scriptures before the game on Saturday, just send out blessings to each other,” Haskins said on Tuesday, via Eleven Warriors.

The two met at various prospect camps and became good friends at the Elite 11 camp for the top quarterback prospects in the nation. As of a year ago, the two were relatively unknown on a national level, but that all changed when both stepped into the second half of huge games. Haskins helped Ohio State beat rival Michigan in relief of JT Barrett, while Tagovailoa came in for the second half of the national championship game and beat Georgia.

From the Elite 11 camp to the Heisman and potentially the NFL, we’re guessing the two will end up seeing each other many more times throughout their careers.

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College football pick-six: Alabama is a foregone conclusion, but let us remain hopeful

A weekly journey through the vast landscape of college football, along with a few brief asides.

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Argh, fine. Let’s just go over this Alabama thing again, because it appears the Crimson Tide, after last Saturday’s thrashing of Arkansas, have truly achieved such a level of eff-you success that their only legitimate threat is emanating from within. Nick Saban has slowly morphed from perfectionist into aging busybody; his postgame chats now often sound "like an old man trying to send back soup at a deli."

It’s nothing new to pose the crucial question of college football’s midseason like so: Is there anyone capable of defeating Alabama? The only good news about last weekend’s results is that Texas’ defeat of Oklahoma cracked open the firmament just enough to allow us to foment "The Argument" that tends to define every college football season at roughly its midway point. Like: Maybe someone new can come along and defeat Alabama?

At this point, most of the arguments against Alabama — like the notion that its historic offensive numbers are being achieved against the equivalent of upper-tier high school talent — are, even if vaguely true, informed by patently idiotic talk radio chatter. Alabama’s offense is putting up numbers so historic that just reading about them makes me feel like I’ve been slipped peyote. Given the overarching uncertainty of the SEC beyond its top two, and given the sudden malaise that’s settled like a haze of Charmin over Toomer’s Corner, the remainder of the Tide's regular-season schedule feels more like a foregone conclusion than perhaps for any college football team I’ve ever witnessed.

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Nick Saban has great response to silly question about scoring so quickly

Nick Saban was asked a very silly question on Monday during his press conference, and his response to it was about as Saban as it gets.

The Alabama head coach was at the podium when a reporter pointed to three scoring drives that occurred in under a minute (like this one).

Then the reporter asked, “How hard is it to manage the offense when it does score so quickly, especially from a defensive standpoint? And how do you try to manage that throughout the game?”

Grinning, Saban said, “I don’t think anyone wants to apologize for scoring. So, we’re not going to do that.”

What a ridiculous question.

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Nick Saban still wary of ‘rat poison’ impacting his team

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We may be just three games into the season, but this year’s Alabama team already looks like it has the potential to be the best of the Nick Saban era. The Tide have absolutely demolished every opponent they’ve faced this year, most recently an Ole Miss team that had given them problems in the past. You know what that means?

Beware of that rat poison.

After Alabama came away with a tough road win over Texas A&M last year, Saban was asked how he manages the high expectations constantly surrounding his team. He responded by ripping the media for feeding his players “rat poison.”

“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of you guys,” the six-time national champion said. “All that stuff you write about how good we are? All that stuff they hear on ESPN? It’s like poison. Like rat poison.”

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Alabama Football: Going behind enemy lines to evaluate the Aggies

Alabama football fans, get some inside scoop with Texas A&M Aggies intel for you, from behind enemy lines in College Station. Alabama football fans want to learn as much as possible about the new and apparently improved Aggies from TAMU. Bama Hammer reached out to our counterparts at Gig’Em Gazette and they provided some valuable inside information. […]Alabama Football: Going behind enemy lines to evaluate the Aggies - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Three Keys to a Crimson Tide victory over Aggies

Alabama football (3-0,1-0) takes on No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies (3-0) at Bryant Denny Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Crimson TIde faces its first ranked opponent this season. Texas A&M enters the contest against Alabama football as a 27 point underdog. The line is staggering knowing that the Aggies lost to highly ranked Clemson 28-26. New head […]Alabama Football: Three Keys to a Crimson Tide victory over Aggies - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Daxton Hill commits to Michigan Wolverines

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Michigan landed a huge piece to its 2019 recruiting class Tuesday when ESPN 300 athlete Daxton Hill announced his commitment to the Wolverines.

Hill is the No. 14-ranked prospect overall in the class and is the highest-ranked commitment for Michigan since the 2016 class, when Rashan Gary, ranked No. 1 overall, signed with the Wolverines.

Hill, a 6-foot-1, 187-pound athlete out of Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Oklahoma, chose Michigan over in-state Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, among others, but the primary thought was that Hill had been down to Michigan and Alabama. Hill took official visits to only those two schools, and he felt as though he had enough information to make a decision after taking an official visit to Michigan for its game against SMU this past weekend.

Michigan landed its highest commitment of the 2019 class with the addition of No. 14 overall Daxton Hill.

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Guard James Bouknight commits to Connecticut Huskies

Sep 18, 2018Emailprint

First-year Connecticut coach Dan Hurley scored an important verbal commitment Tuesday, with four-star guard James Bouknight pledging to the Huskies on his 18th birthday.

The commitment comes less than three days after he completed his official visit to UConn after having previously visited Virginia Tech and Miami officially in recent weeks.

Bouknight, ranked 87th in the ESPN 100, was sidelined by injury last spring but was nonetheless an immediate priority for Hurley and his staff when they arrived in Storrs.

The 6-foot-4 guard rejoined his PSA Cardinals AAU program in time for the EYBL Finals in July and continued to emerge through the remainder of the recruiting period with strong performances in Pennsylvania and Las Vegas.

"I had already built a relationship with [assistant] Coach Kimani [Young] when he was at Minnesota and that continued when he came to UConn with Coach Hurley," Bouknight told ESPN. "He stayed in touch with me throughout my injury process and that meant a lot to me and my family. We trusted him.

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