Alabama Football: On All-SEC selections, no love for Tua and the Heisman

Justifiably so, Alabama football got the most love at SEC Media Days. In the All-SEC picks, Tua got no love despite being a Heisman favorite. Alabama football was again picked to win the SEC by media members at SEC Media Days. Crimson Tide fans appreciate the acknowledgment even though the SEC media routinely gets the pick […]Alabama Football: On All-SEC selections, no love for Tua and the Heisman - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Part 2 of Six questions needing answers in Fall Camp

Fall camp starts soon and Alabama football fans want answers to six important, team questions before the start of Louisville game week. Alabama football fans have questions and the answers will not come soon enough. We’ll leave the ongoing starting QB question to Nick Saban and his staff. There are other issues that will have an […]Alabama Football: Part 2 of Six questions needing answers in Fall Camp - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Hear what Nick Saban had to say at SEC Media Days 2018

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Alabama Football: ESPN projects a disaster scenario for next CFB Playoff

From the perspective of Alabama football fans, past CFB Playoff selections were not controversial. Many other fans disagree and the committee’s next final four could become the most controversial of all. SEC media members have once again picked Alabama football to win the SEC. The vote was no surprise. Although Georgia was picked to win the SEC East, […]Alabama Football: ESPN projects a disaster scenario for next CFB Playoff - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Mizzou QB Drew Lock, Alabama DL Raekwon Davis headline preseason All-SEC team

The preseason hype surrounding Missouri quarterback Drew Lock is certainly not slowing down upon the conclusion of SEC Media Days.

The senior who finished last season on the All-SEC First Team finds himself in the exact same position on the media’s annual preseason list of top players from the league. Lock, a potential first-rounder, edged out Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham (second team) and both Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald (third team). While the SEC has been knocked for quarterback play in the past, that is certainly not the case in 2018 given the depth that is apparent from the preseason teams, which doesn’t even include others like Ole Miss’ signal-caller Jordan Ta’amu.

Leading the way on defense was, not surprisingly, several Alabama stars. Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis, linebackers Anfernee Jennings and Mack Wilson, plus defensive back Deionte Thompson were all on the first team All-SEC defense. All told, 13 Crimson Tide players were named to one of the three teams, a mark followed closely by Georgia (12), Auburn (9) and Florida (8).

The full set of three preseason teams are below:

OFFENSE

First-Team

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20 jarringly specific and (perhaps not entirely serious) predictions about the 2018 college football season

1. After being asked, on a particularly intemperate mid-August day, about the state of the Alabama quarterback battle between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, Nick Saban brandishes a Coca-Cola bottle and declares it to be his starter in the season-opener against Louisville. The Coca-Cola bottle subsequently calls a press conference in which it states (through a translator) that it is transferring to Georgia Tech to be closer to its family. Saban starts Tagovailoa, who completes 18-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in Alabama’s 39-10 victory over Louisville.

2. With Michigan trailing Notre Dame 21-18 and facing a 4th-and-3 at the Notre Dame 32-yard line late in the fourth quarter, Jim Harbaugh calls for a play referred to as “Spongebob.” Quarterback Shea Patterson takes a shotgun snap, does a backflip, shouts some nonsense at a perplexed defensive end, scrambles until he hyperventilates, and then hurls a pass that angles off two defenders’ helmets and the belt buckle of a side judge before landing in the hands of wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones for the game-winning touchdown.

3. In Week 2, Michigan State beats Arizona State 45-9, prompting ASU coach Herm Edwards to deliver a fiery postgame lecture about the potential of Bitcoin technology.

4. After his Florida Atlantic team upsets Oklahoma, starts the season 3-0 and puts up an average of 46 points per game, Lane Kiffin denies rumors that he will become the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.

5. A Tennessee man blames repeated viewings of the Imagine Dragons’ song “Natural” during college football broadcasts for brainwashing him into purchasing a nearby Chick-fil-A franchise.

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Alabama Football: What to look for leading up to fall camp

Alabama football fall camp is two weeks away. Check out three areas, worthy of close attention leading up to the start of camp. The symbolic kickoff to the new season, SEC Media Days is finished. Alabama football fans now have two more weeks of summer dog days before the pace quickens with the start of […]Alabama Football: What to look for leading up to fall camp - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Crimson Tide fans: Grab your sideline gear now

Alabama Crimson Tide fans can now nab the same gear their favorite players and coaches are rocking on the sideline. Check it out below. The college football season is quickly approaching, which means the Alabama Crimson Tide will be taking on the Louisville Cardinals in Orlando sooner rather than later. Do you have all the […]Alabama Crimson Tide fans: Grab your sideline gear now - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Unlocking the key to the Tide QB situation

Alabama football does not have a QB controversy. It has a situation filled with opportunity and challenge. A QB expert explains what will happen and why. Amidst the clamor surrounding SEC Media Days, a familiar voice shared some clarity about what to expect from the Alabama football QB situation. Some fans are disenchanted with Gary Danielson […]Alabama Football: Unlocking the key to the Tide QB situation - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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The 2018 college football awards preview

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With the start of the college football season comes the age-old query: which athletes will make the biggest impact at their respective positions? There’s still a lot of football to played before we know for sure, but there are already plenty of clues when it comes to predicting who might take home some hardware come December. 

(This article covers all non-Heisman awards for the 2018. You can check out our piece on the 2018 Heisman favorites here.)

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15 college football freshmen set to take over in 2018

At powerhouse college football programs, it usually takes a while for their top incoming recruits to hit the field. But there are always exceptions.

Some of this year’s blue-chip freshmen are positioned to make an immediate impact in 2018, whether it be as key role players or starters. Given the pedigree of some of these schools, there may be a few surprises.

Read on to find out which first-year football phenoms are bound to make a splash on Saturdays this year.

Note: Recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports.

Patrick Surtain Jr., cornerback, Alabama

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CLIP: Rashaan Evans on the Jim Rome Show talking about maturing under Nick Saban

Titans Linebacker Rashaan Evans was on the The Jim Rome Show, talking about what he learned from playing under Nick Saban at Alabama.

[You may want to adjust your volume before you see his shirt.☺]

https://vimeo.com/279908858

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Alliance Birmingham: New league to build on geographic college affiliations

When Alliance Birmingham takes the field next February, it is sure to have several former Alabama football players, along with players from other colleges in the area. The new football league, the Alliance of American Football, has what appears to be a sound structure. Alliance Birmingham and all the other teams are owned by a […]Alliance Birmingham: New league to build on geographic college affiliations - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: The known and the unknown in the Tide linebacker roster

A week ago Alabama football fans were concerned about inside linebacker depth but excited about the outside linebacker group. The situation quickly changed. Numbers at linebacker took a downturn for Alabama football this week. A thin group at inside linebacker became thinner with the disciplinary departure of VanDarius Cowan. The outside linebacker numbers were also […]Alabama Football: The known and the unknown in the Tide linebacker roster - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Basketball: Avery Johnson lands a top prospect in Juwan Gary

Alabama basketball gained its second commitment for the 2019 class with 4-Star, SF, Juwan Gary choosing to play for Avery Johnson. Most of the attention on the Alabama basketball, 2019 recruiting class has been on Trendon Watford and Kira Lewis. The two Alabama high school players are top targets for Avery Johnson. On Friday, Avery pulled in […]Alabama Basketball: Avery Johnson lands a top prospect in Juwan Gary - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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CFB analyst, Trevor Matich dicusses the QBs and the Alabama football offense

Recently, ESPN CFB analyst, Trevor Matich shared his informed insights on Alabama football in the upcoming season. Most football fans are familiar with Trevor Matich from his 12-season NFL career. For the Alabama football fans who do not fully know his credentials, there are extensive. He was an offensive lineman on the BYU, 1984 national championship […]CFB analyst, Trevor Matich dicusses the QBs and the Alabama football offense - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Who will provide the leadership on 2018 team

Every new season Alabama football must establish new team leaders throughout the various position groups. Check out who will step up in 2018. No amount of talent can be enough to overcome a deficiency in player leadership. All through the Saban era, Alabama football has been blessed with strong player leadership. The leadership discovery and […]Alabama Football: Who will provide the leadership on 2018 team - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Time for NFL Training Camps with 61 former Alabama football players

NFL Training camps open this week as rookies report. Once every team adds its veterans, there will be 61 former Alabama football players competing for a 2018 NFL roster. Whatever the final number, Alabama football will again be well represented on NFL rosters in the 2018-19 season. Rookies began reporting this week. The veterans will soon […]Time for NFL Training Camps with 61 former Alabama football players - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Penn State backup QB seemingly takes shot at Alabama

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Alabama is entering the 2018 season with two quarterbacks who are clearly worthy of being starters, and that puts them in a position that many teams cannot relate to. But do they have the best quarterback depth in the country? One QB from another program doesn’t seem to think so.

On Tuesday, Alabama Football’s official Twitter account shared some of last season’s highlights from Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa and said the duo headlines the “best QB room in the country.” Penn State backup quarterback Tommy Stevens had a very simple response.

Stevens, a redshirt junior, considered transferring from Penn State earlier this offseason but ultimately decided he will back up senior Trace McSorley for a third consecutive year.

“I did search around and look to see if there was a better place for me somewhere, and I talked to some schools,” he said previously, via Jordan James of 247Sports.com. “Ultimately, I know what I have here. I love Penn State. I love the relationships that I have here. And I love playing football with my best friends.

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Jumbo Package: Gump Day!

The hype surrounding Terrell Lewis always seemed justified.

Just look at him.

At 6-foot-5 and 256 pounds, the Alabama junior has the lean, sinewy build of an elite pass rusher.

He also has a tantalizing blend of speed and power -- qualities that made him a defensive terror.

We already talked about it in a dedicated article yesterday, but I can’t express how upset I am at the news about Terrell Lewis. I pegged him as my favorite player from his recruiting class before they ever set foot on campus, and have expected big things from him every season since. And now another injury.

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