Alabama Football: Day 3 of camp with encouraging signs

Alabama football worked in sweltering Tuscaloosa heat on day 3 of fall camp. Early camp news is very encouraging on the defensive side of the ball. Alabama football has another 17 sessions before the end of fall camp transitions to Louisville game week. There will continue to be player development and competition at positions as players […]Alabama Football: Day 3 of camp with encouraging signs - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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2018 Alabama Crimson Tide Football: Fall Camp

Over 200 days have elapsed since Alabama — pleasantly and perhaps uncharacteristically — found itself on the giving end of some fluke bounces, favorable calls, red hot quarterback play, and an improbable comeback victory. In securing the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship over conference rival Georgia, the Crimson Tide added another chapter of dominance to one of the nation’s most decorated programs, leaving no doubt that it is the standard bearer for the modern college game. And, along the way, the whispers of “is Saban better than Bryant” no longer were sacrilegious pronouncements, they rightly became conventional wisdom.

But, Alabama finds itself in an unique position this year, having sent another dozen players to seek their fortunes on Sundays. The personnel loss isn’t unique, of course. Alabama routinely sees half a score of players sign contracts with the Shield. Rather, what is unique this season is the top-to-bottom retooling that the defense faces. Perhaps at no point since that foundational 2008 season has Alabama’s heart and soul been as long on promise and as short on snaps. The entire starting secondary — even if you’re playing a dime package, is gone. The linebacking corps has and is seeing defections from suspensions and transfer, depth chart casualties, a focus on full-time baseball, ongoing injuries, and the lingering questions of depth following last year’s calamity. The defensive line is in better shape with two starters returning, and a few studs inbound, but again, injuries, graduation, and new jersey numbers will greet Tide fans in 2018. To this, add a complete restructuring of a far younger, but highly motivated and talented coaching staff. Everyone will be learning this as they go along. If there is one takeaway, aside from recruiting successes and numerous youngsters who were pressed into emergency service over the last year, it is this one: This is Mack Wilson’s defense now, uncontestedly so. And you couldn’t ask for a fiercer field general.

On the other side of the ball, Alabama should field its best, most balanced, and most talented offense in school history. That’s not a light pronouncement, but neither is it unwarranted. The question all offseason has been on who is going to get the ball under center. It’s a simple answer: the best player will be the starter. No, rather the better question is where do all of those touches go once the season is underway. The Alabama receiving corps is young, dynamic, talented, and each possesses an unique skill set that almost begs you to throw it 30+ times a game. But, in the backfield, you have two legitimate game-breaking All-American calibre players — and the two or three behind them on the depth chart aren’t far off, or will be soon one day. The skills players will be protected by one of the nation’s nastiest offensive lines — and probably the best that Alabama has seen since 2012. It is a testament that at every position, except for perhaps center, you can make the case that No. 2 on the depth chart could be starting. As with defense, there are a lot of new faces in the coaching staff here too. Though the continuity is such that Alabama should routinely be able to name their score on most nights.

Then we come to the schedule, which is as forgiving as any recent slate for the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s non-conference schedule sees a respectable Arkansas State squad and a Bobby Petrino offense sans Lamar Jackson with a brand new starting quarterback. The East rotation finds a hot mess for the Third Saturday and a Missouri team that is tackle-averse. The West sees traditional rivals Auburn and LSU in the middle of rebuilds and lacking crucial personnel vital to their success the last few seasons. The traditional dregs of the division in Oxford and Fayetteville are both hampered by some spotty recruiting, new coaches, and expectations not commensurate with the talent level. A&M is an intriguing team, of course. Always long on talent but perennially underachieving, the Aggies swapped one inconsistent coach for another. The Ags may be tougher, may be recruit better, may be stronger, but you get the feeling that the end result won’t change quite as much as $70 million-guaranteed dollars would suggest it should, and certainly not in Year One. Which brings us to the intriguing case of Mississippi State. About every four or five years the Bulldogs’ homegrown, cornbread-fed talent matures enough and is coached well enough to put a holy scare into the rest of the SEC. This, despite new HC Joe Moorhead, is just such a year.

Prediction? On the balance of its schedule and its talent, and comparing competitors across the nation, Alabama: Should win every game on its schedule; will face new-look Florida or rematch Georgia and win the SECCG; will face Clemson for a fourth straight season and take home a championship game rubber match next January. Am I bullish? Perhaps too much so. But call this season one that sees Alabama going 15-0, winning back-to-back national championship, places five All-Americans, and sends one Heisman finalist to New York.

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15 best quarterbacks in college football

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Grey Papke  |  Last updated 8/7/18

Where does Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa rank? Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After a season in which five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, it’s time for a new generation of signal-callers to emerge at the college level. There are a lot of rising stars who deserve attention, as well as some established veterans poised to take their place atop the rankings of collegiate quarterbacks.

Here are the 15 best quarterbacks in college football today.

15) Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech

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Report: Alabama a possibility for 5-star recruit released by Washington

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The national champions are in the mix for another talented defender. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Petersen announced on Monday that 5-star recruit Ale Kaho has been granted his release by the Washington Huskies, and it sounds like there may be another top program already in the mix for the linebacker.

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Alabama Football: Preseason thoughts on expectations, history and mamas

As Alabama football players prepare for a new season, Crimson Tide fans might do a little preparation by considering history and expectations. Alabama football fans might need some fall camp drills just like the team. We all unrealistically define every season’s success on championships. So much so that the appreciation of SEC championships has waned […]Alabama Football: Preseason thoughts on expectations, history and mamas - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Jalen Hurts’s mother defends Alabama QB against criticism

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Jalen Hurts dealt with some backlash over the weekend after he criticized the Alabama coaching staff for the way they have handled the team’s quarterback situation, and his mother wants to help set the record straight.

Hurts, who was benched in favor of Tua Tagovailoa during the national championship game, told the media on Saturday that neither Nick Saban nor other members of Alabama’s coaching staff asked him how he felt about the situation until it was too late. Hurts’s mother, Pamela, later took to Facebook to lash out against those who have bashed her son for speaking his mind.

“Wow ignorance is (bliss),” Pamela Hurts wrote in a post, via Justin Smith of TDAlabamaMag.com. “When has Jalen ever spoken to media about anything other than the team? When has he ever whined, pouted or talk about what ‘y’all’ don’t know takes place behind the scenes? There’s a reason why players aren’t allowed to speak to the media. Jalen spoke his truth, finally, after 3 years of being compliant and controlled. You have no idea what is and has been going on — and most likely, never will."

“Folks quick to speak highly on his character and demeanor, but know he is completely opposite of those accolades today. If you can turn on this young man today and not your president for any of his rhetoric, you were never with him to begin with.”

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Alabama Football: Preview of the 2018 regular season games

Going into the 2018 season Alabama football is favored in every game. Check out a preview of each opponent and what to expect from the games. Alabama football fans are perpetually filled with optimism. Our selective memories discard the occasional bad seasons. August is the month for optimism across the college football landscape. From a fan […]Alabama Football: Preview of the 2018 regular season games - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Lane Kiffin takes yet another shot at Nick Saban

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A rivalry that may never die. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Lane Kiffin has taken a swipe at Nick Saban seemingly every chance he gets since the two parted ways prior to the national championship game in 2017, and there is still no sign of him letting up.

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Jalen Hurts is frustrated with Alabama

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Things are not going well for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. In fact, he might not be their quarterback for much longer. And per ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, frustrations are mounting.

“…when I see that those things are being said, that’s silly because, ‘He said this, he said that, maybe Coach [Nick] Saban said this,” Hurts starts. “Whoever said whatever, what did Jalen say? Not a thing.”

But how did this all start?

Well, it all goes back to last season’s National Championship game. The Crimson Tide would break Georgia’s hearts in the end, but it wasn’t because of Hurts. Saban would bench him at halftime to bring in Tua Tagovailoa. The rest, as they say, is history. However, Saban has said Hurts might not even be on the roster once the season starts. Is that shocking to you? Because it absolutely is to the former starting signal-caller.

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Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts throw at Alabama Fan Day

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Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts at the second practice of the 2018 Alabama Fan Day in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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Alabama Football: After a silence, Jalen spoke and his words cause concern

Alabama football fans have reason to be concerned about what Jalen Hurts said Saturday before practice on fall camp Media Day. A quick word to all Alabama football fans. Anyone looking for closure on the Alabama football QB situation will not find it here. Any Tide fans interested in Nick Saban being bashed for his […]Alabama Football: After a silence, Jalen spoke and his words cause concern - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Jalen Hurts critical of Alabama coaches over handling of QB situation

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Grey Papke  |  Last updated 8/4/18

Hurts has been frustrated with the coaches about his status. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide have a quarterback controversy on their hands, and have since last year’s national championship game. But one of the quarterbacks involved does not appear happy with how it has been handled.

Jalen Hurts, who was benched during the championship game in favor of Tua Tagovailoa, has been the subject of transfer rumors and chatter all summer. Speaking to the media on Saturday, Hurts said no coaches had talked to him about how he felt during the summer, and the attempts to address things with him now come too late.

Hurts also rebutted coach Nick Saban, who had said he wasn’t sure if Hurts would be on the roster when the season opened.

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Alabama Football: Locks and Tosh talking points are same Tide theme

Alabama football fans got to hear Mike Locksley and Tosh Lupoi speak on the upcoming season. Their remarks followed always carefully crafted themes. Alabama football fans and the media get two shots at the Crimson Tide coordinators. One of them is the designated fall media day and the next comes after the regular season. On Saturday, they […]Alabama Football: Locks and Tosh talking points are same Tide theme - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Watch Tua Tagovailoa speak to the media during Alabama media day

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The Curious Case of Schwartz, Alabama’s Mystery 1906 Baseball Coach

Schwartz is #8

I was told about this mystery on reddit recently. Alabama’s baseball team first played on July 1, 1892 (a win). In the program’s history, the 1906 season stands out among them all. The squad went 4-16-1 (.216), the absolute worst season in Alabama baseball history. That would be the only season a man named Schwartz coached Alabama.

The official Alabama records list a first (or at least a nickname) and last name for every single coach in Crimson Tide history, except for the 1906 coach. Schwartz is, simply, Schwartz.

Why? Who is he? How is such a notable coach in our program’s history known in the official records by just his last name? I had to find out and unravel this mystery.

And I did.

Charles Schwartz was hired as the baseball coach likely in January, 1906. The earliest record I found was from this January 18, 1906 edition of The Montgomery Advertiser.

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Alabama Football: Fall camp, session No. 1 report and CNS comments

Alabama football began fall camp on Friday. Check out notes from the first practice session and the post-practice review by Nick Saban. The defending national champion, Alabama football team hit the fall practice field on Friday. For the first session of fall camp, the players worked in helmets and shorts on a warm Tuscaloosa afternoon. As […]Alabama Football: Fall camp, session No. 1 report and CNS comments - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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20 most entertaining offenses for 2018 college football season

Football is all about entertainment. And in today’s era of college football, few things are more captivating to its viewers than scoring points.

When these offenses hit the field, it’s a safe bet they’ll regularly be marching toward the end zone. While that doesn’t necessarily translate to wins — defense and special teams also matter — it certainly is enjoyable to watch.

Several schools on the list will be nationally televised often, but a couple of others are teams to remember. When there’s a lull in the action or a midweek game, be sure to flip on these squads.

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Alabama Football: What to make of the pre-season Coaches Top 25 Poll

For Alabama football fans, the Crimson Tide being ranked No. 1 in preseason is ho-hum. Where other teams rank is more interesting. The preseason USA Today Coaches Poll is out. Alabama football is again ranked No. 1. The ranking comes as no surprise to Crimson Tide fans. To many CFB fans, the human polls no longer […]Alabama Football: What to make of the pre-season Coaches Top 25 Poll - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Hot Board - Updating where the top recruits are considering

Aug 6, 2018

It was a whirlwind three weeks on the recruiting front. Coaches crisscrossed the country -- perhaps for the last time, depending on what new rules are proposed by the NCAA -- hoping to find the future of their respective programs.

Now comes the hard part: actually securing commitments. Over the next couple of weeks, prospects will narrow their lists and set official visits for the fall. Recruiting boards will be cemented a little further and priority targets will be determined.

So who's going where? Here's the buzz on the top five players in the 2019 class and a handful of other noteworthy prospects.

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Alabama Football: Pre-Fall Camp Depth Chart

Check out this Alabama football fall camp depth chart that includes some summer enrollees who may join the two-deep this season. Nick Saban hates it but Alabama football fans cannot wait until game week for a depth chart. The format we provide defines a two-deep as much as possible. It also includes observations of other […]Alabama Football: Pre-Fall Camp Depth Chart - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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