3 reasons why Alabama will win another national title this year

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Alabama Crimson Tide podcast with Ryan Fowler. In this edition, we wrapped up our final edition with several salutes and a breakdown of why I think Alabama will win the national title in 2018.

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This is my final Alabama Crimson Tide Podcast for SEC Country, as many of you know the website will be shut down in the next few days.Thank you for allowing this podcast to be a part of your day over the last couple of years.Why I think Alabama will win the national title again this year while attempting something that has never been done in college football history.Why I think Alabama will have an explosive offense this year led by Tua Tagovailoa and many talented skill position players.Strength of schedule is favorable for the Crimson Tide, but we discuss why Alabama needs another team in the SEC West to step up in 2018.Why Nick Saban is the greatest coach in the history of college football and why he is the difference for the 2018 season.Thank you again to the amazing staff at SEC Country that helped me with this podcast, and most importantly you for listening daily. We are looking at several options to continue doing the Alabama Crimson Tide podcast on a different platform, so make sure you connect with me on the social networks for the announcement soon.Connect with Ryan Fowler on Twitter @RyanCFowler for daily coverage of Alabama football including a four-hour daily show that originates in Tuscaloosa on Tide 102.9 each weekday from 2-6 p.m. The show can be streamed live on the website, Tide1029.com and via a free Tide 102.9 app.Also, like and follow my Facebook page for an announcement coming soon.The Alabama Crimson Tide podcast on Thursday featured former Alabama linebacker, Cory Reamer, who shared some inside stories of playing for Nick Saban and winning a national championship in 2009.

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NEXT Out of the Shadow: How Taulia Tagovailoa went from Tua’s center to heralded quarterback

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Alabama Football: Depth is the key for the 2018 defense

Alabama football has abundant talent on the 2018 roster. What it does not have his depth on the defensive line and inside linebacker. Alabama football may again have the nation’s best team in 2018. Every pre-season poll (except one) has ranked the Tide at No. 1. The optimism for Alabama football is not misguided. The thought […]Alabama Football: Depth is the key for the 2018 defense - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Christopher Walsh’s 10 favorite stories with SEC Country

As the final days of SEC Country wind down, we, the writers, have been asked to share a list of our favorite stories.

Narrowing mine down to 10 wasn’t easy, but before listing them, some quick notes of thanks:

To the editors and people behind the scenes, I’ll forever be proud of the work we did. SEC Country quickly established itself in the college football world, which was not an easy thing to do, and a lot of it was because of you.

Additional thanks to our readers for sharing so much time with us. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Here’s my list of 10 favorites, with links to the stories.

1. The ‘Decade of Dominance’ series

Trying to come up with new story angles for Nick Saban is nearly impossible, but one of the things that kind of lingered from the book I did, Nick Saban vs. College Football: The Case for College Football’s Greatest Coach, was that he’s had such amazing success in such a short period of time at Alabama.

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Alabama Football Recruiting Update: 4-Star Running Back Commit

Four-star running back Keilan Robinson announced his commitment to Alabama on Wednesday evening via Twitter.

The Washington D.C. product is a dynamic all-purpose back who has good hands and elusiveness. His versatility is evident in his highlights video as he can catch balls out of the backfield or downfield. He is an electric runner who can make defenders miss in the open field. Robinson has potential to be an asset on special team as well.

Looking at his commitment video, he appears open to the concept of a weight room - which is good because he may need to add some bulk to his 5-9/184 frame.

Robinson chose Alabama over Florida State, Georgia, and Maryland, among several others. He is the 17th commitment to the #ROLL1N9 Class of 2019 and the fourth from the Mid-Atlantic region to go with Antonio Alfano, DeMarcco Hellams, and Shane Lee. Alabama Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley once again returns to his old stomping grounds in the DC area for this commit.

IMHO

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Alabama athletics: Crimson Tide lead SEC with athletes named to spring honor roll

Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news from every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.

Alabama athletics dominating academics

Alabama has one of the most successful athletic departments in the SEC. Most of its teams are competitive, with its football team winning the national championship last season. Now it appears that the programs are dominating off the field as well under athletic director Greg Byrne’s leadership. UA athletics posted 136 athletes on the spring academic honor roll, which is the most in the SEC.

In other headlines…

Underrated gem

There aren’t many running backs in the SEC that are as productive as Alabama’s Damien Harris. Last season he reached 1,000 yards for the second straight season. He also bumped up his touchdown numbers to double digits. This was all while sharing a backfield with three other talented players. Now a senior, Harris likely will shoulder a big portion of the offense this season. With everything he does, Harris is still overlooked by many. He could be the most underrated player on Alabama’s roster.

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Throwback Thursday features former Tide LB who talks about playing for Nick Saban

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Alabama Crimson Tide podcast with Ryan Fowler. In this edition, we talked with Cory Reamer about playing for Nick Saban and being part of the team that re-established Alabama’s rich tradition.

Topics discussed:

Cory Reamer was an outstanding linebacker for Nick Saban during the early part of Saban’s dynasty in Tuscaloosa. Reamer provided one of the most enjoyable and insightful interviews since we started the Alabama Crimson Tide podcast.We ask Reamer to share his favorite Saban memory and some thoughts on why Saban’s process works so well.Reamer shares some thoughts on the direction of college football and changes the defense has had to make to counter the new style on offense.Reamer provides some inside stories of when Saban was hired and some of those initial meetings with Nick Saban.Reamer provides a closer look at the 2009 national championship team and some great inside stories of that season.Connect with Ryan Fowler on Twitter @RyanCFowler for more daily coverage of the Alabama Crimson Tide.The Alabama Crimson Tide podcast on Wednesday featured Steve Lassan from Athlon Sports, who shared some lofty praise for Alabama and Tua Tagovailoa.

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NEXT Alabama lands commitment from 4-star RB Keilan Robinson

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Alabama Football Recruiting: Saban knows when others don’t

Alabama football received its 17th verbal commit for the 2019 class. Keilan Robinson is rated as the No. 346 overall player in the class but Saban knows Robinson is better than that. It is not as though Alabama football snatched up a player who was a big secret. Keilan Robinson was not well known to […]Alabama Football Recruiting: Saban knows when others don’t - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama lands commitment from 4-star RB Keilan Robinson

Alabama was back at it on Wednesday evening. The Crimson Tide landed their 17th commitment after 4-star RB Keilan Robinson announced his decision via Twitter:

The Washington native was being heavily pursued by some of the top programs in the country. Included on his offer sheet were Georgia, Michigan, Florida State and several others.

According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Robinson is rated as the No. 346 overall prospect and No. 18 running back.

At only 5-foot-9, 184-pounds, he doesn’t bring the same size to the table that fans have grown accustomed to seeing in Alabama’s backfield. Still, he plays a lot bigger than his size would indicate and he certainly has a future on the Capstone.

After failing to add a top prospect at the running back position in their previous class, the Tide will welcome Robinson with open arms. The stable in 2019 should still include several quality rushers — including Najee Harris, Brian Robinson and Josh Jacobs — but the Alabama staff has proven that it doesn’t mind spreading around the carries.

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Alabama Football: Georgia may not be the beast in the East in 2018

Alabama football fans know it is never too early to wonder about the opponent in the SEC Championship game. The top team to consider is Georgia. College football fans not enmeshed in the culture of Alabama football sometimes see Tide fans as arrogant and brazen in our annual expectations. Memories of seasons without championships do […]Alabama Football: Georgia may not be the beast in the East in 2018 - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Six QB quandaries that could affect the College Football Playoff (plus Alabama)

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What follows is a list of compelling quarterback battles in college football heading into the 2018 season, because who doesn’t enjoy a good controversy? But let’s begin with the obvious, because I can think of at least one overtly controlling football coach who does not enjoy a good controversy, and his team is at the top of this list.

Here are the things we already know: Nick Saban’s Alabama football team is the defending national champion (again), and Alabama is the consensus favorite to repeat that championship (again). Here is why this offseason is perhaps the most compelling moment in the recent history of a program that has often appeared drained of conflict: For the first time, Saban has a truly frenzied and talk-radio-worthy quarterback dilemma.

It is a controversy based on a decision Saban made in the National Championship Game to supplant starting quarterback Jalen Hurts with freshman Tua Tagovailoa in the second half, and while that choice won a national title for Alabama in the short term, the long-term consequences are far more complex. How Saban handles it could have a major impact on the future of his program.

If Saban starts Tagovailoa, he could lose the most experienced quarterback he has to a transfer. If he starts Hurts, he could lose perhaps the most talented quarterback he’s ever had to a transfer. If one gets injured or is ineffective and the other one is… gone… then what? This is a narrow calculus, and that’s why Alabama’s quarterback situation is the most interesting dilemma in college football heading into this fall.

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Alabama football: Nick Saban lands commitment from Class of 2020 quarterback

Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.

Alabama lands new quarterback

Alabama coach Nick Saban seems to be planning as far ahead as he can at the quarterback position. The Crimson Tide have two quarterbacks lined up for the 2019 class in Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson. Now, Alabama has one for the Class of 2020. Carson Beck announced that he is committed to Alabama. Beck is 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. He’s from Jacksonville, Fla.

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Big play nominated for ESPY

It will replay in Alabama fans’ heads forever. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finding wide receiver DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard touchdown to win the national championship against Georgia. It is one of the biggest plays in Alabama history. Now, it could be receiving an award. The play has been nominated for an ESPY for best play.

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Phil Steele shares his analysis for Alabama, reasons Crimson Tide fans should be excited

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Alabama Crimson Tide podcast with Ryan Fowler. In this edition, we talked with Phil Steele from Phil Steele Publications about his thoughts on the upcoming season and some in-depth projections for Alabama going into the 2018 season. 

Topics discussed:

Veteran college football analyst Phil Steele shares some in-depth thoughts on Alabama for the 2018 season.We ask Steele what is his biggest question for this Alabama team.He discusses where Alabama is ranked in his preseason poll.Steele shares his thoughts on who he thinks will be quarterback for the Crimson Tide in 2018.Steele also provides some analysis for several other SEC teams including Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M.Steele talks about several odds and projections for the upcoming season.Friday will be my last podcast for SEC Country, thank you for the support over the last couple of years. Connect with Ryan Fowler on Twitter @RyanCFowler for more daily coverage of the Alabama Crimson Tide and some other ways you might be able to hear the podcast continue.The Alabama Crimson Tide podcast on Monday featured Chris Landry from Landry Football to talk about some of the latest headlines surrounding the Crimson Tide, including some thoughts on quarterback competition.

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NEXT Alabama football: Taulia Tagovailoa earns win at Bryant-Denny Stadium

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Alabama Football Recruiting Update: Tide is ROLL1N9

By CB969 Jun 25, 2018, 8:08am CDT

The future is here.Twitter

If you have not been paying attention, Nick Saban & Co. are absolutely killing it on the recruiting trail. That may sound like a cliche but there is really something incredible going on in Tuscaloosa. This class could be one to rival and perhaps eclipse ones of years past.

The Crimson Tide already has the highest rated 2019 class and continues to build on their lead. Alabama has 16 commitments and none of them appear to be flipping anytime soon.

2019 COMMIT LISTPierce Quick OL Trussville, AL 6’5” 270 - Solid as solid can be.Shane Lee LB Baltimore, MD 6’0” 235 - Lee is a former teammate of 2018 Bama 5-star Eyabi Anoma. He has shut down his recruitment and does not plan to take any more visits anywhere else. He could be something special at the Capstone.Amari Kight OL Maylene, AL 6’6” 300 - Solid commit; teammate of Taulia Tagovailoa, already friends with fellow commits.Antonio Alfano DT Colonia, NJ 6’4” 285 - Despite the distance from home, I think he sticks. He could see a fifth star added to side of his name this fall.Justin Eboigbe DE Forest Park, GA 6’5” 261 - The newest commit gave his pledge on June 18.King Mwikuta Jack-LB LaGrange, GA 6’4” 220 - Has a very close relationship with defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi. He even jokingly refers to him as his “pops”, as in him being a father figure.Christian Williams DB Daphne, AL 6’1” 175 - Lifelong Tide fan, prototypical Saban corner.DeMarcco Hellams S Hyattsville, MD 6’1” 204 - One of the most recent to commit does not give much reason to think he will flip.Kevin Harris DE Loganville, GA 6’4” 218 - Was back on campus last weekend. Solid commit.Paul Tyson QB Trussville, AL 6’4” 210 - Alabama royalty.Brandon Turnage S Oxford, MS 6’1” 185 - There has been some talk that he is wavering and he has shown up on the Ole Miss campus of his hometown several times this spring. However, he sent out some recent reactions that would make you feel differently.Taulia Tagovailoa QB Alabaster, AL 6’0” 190 - It would seem he is pretty solid with the Tide. He wants to play with his brother and be close to his family who lives in Alabaster just south of Birmingham. However, the QB depth chart is filling up, and after Riley Ridley flipped to UGA a couple of years ago, it has me skittish... I would say 90% sure he comes to Alabama.DJ Dale DT Pinson, AL 6’3” 320 - Bama needs interior linemen. There is not much reason to think he won’t end up in crimson and white.Rashad Cheney DE Ellenwood, GA 6’3” 263 - Unless someone(s) markedly better comes along, Bama should take him.Tanner Bowles OL Glasgow, KY 6’5” 270 - I was/am a bit surprised at this offer and commitment. It could stick, but the Tide is after many other higher rated OL.Will Reichard K Hoover, AL 6’1” 185 - Ironically enough, the lowest rated player and only 3-star of the bunch is this kicker who is the best at his position, ranked No. 1 in the nation. Only three 2019 kickers have been ranked with 3-stars.2020 COMMIT LIST

All three of these commits look solid to the Tide.

Jackson Bratton 4-star ILB, Muscle Shoals, ALJavier Morton 4-star CB, Stone Mountain GA (Stephenson)Dazalin Worsham 4-star WR, Trussville, AL (Hewitt-Trussville)CHAMPIONS COOKOUT

Alabama had their annual invite-only BBQ cookout this past weekend. The attendees were a veritable who’s who of recruits. Of the 16 committed for the Bama Class of 2019, 12 were on campus. The only ones who could not make it were Maryland natives Shane Lee and DeMarcco Hellams, New Jerseyan Antonio Alfano, and Rashad Cheney of Ellenwood, GA.

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Alabama football: Assistant coaches excited about 2019 recruiting class

Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.

Bounce-back class

In 2018, Alabama had its worst recruiting class since 2007, when coach Nick Saban took over. The Crimson Tide finished No. 6 in the 247Sports composite rankings, but addressed a lot of needs, specifically at defensive back. Still, it wasn’t the dominant class that Alabama is used to having. In 2019, however, Alabama is shaping up to have the nation’s best class. Alabama has 16 commitments, with 14 being 4-star recruits and one being a 5-star prospect. Alabama is also in on many top players, which has Tide assistant coaches excited about the class.

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Former Alabama linebacker Cornelius Bennett remembered what Ray Perkins, others did for him.Another draft pick?

Former Alabama point guard Collin Sexton became the first Crimson Tide player since Richard Hendrix in 2008 to be selected in the NBA draft. Sexton went No. 8 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was the only player to declare for the draft from Alabama. That leaves Alabama with a talented roster filled with guys who have yet to reach their ceiling. One of those players is guard Herbert Jones. SB Nation did its 2019 NBA mock draft. Jones went No. 18 overall.

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Expert shares analysis and projections for Alabama, answers question everyone wants to know

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Alabama Crimson Tide podcast with Ryan Fowler. In this edition, we talked with Chris Landry from Landry Football. He is a professional scout and football analyst who shares his in-depth analysis concerning some of the biggest questions about the Crimson Tide.

Topics discussed:

Chris Landry from LandryFootball.com shares some thoughts on a possible two-quarterback system, and whether he thinks Nick Saban will consider it.Landry shares some thoughts on both Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.Landry talks about the new redshirt rule in college football and how it could impact Alabama’s quarterback competition.Landry also talks about several other SEC teams, including Texas A&M, LSU and Auburn.We ask Landry if Texas A&M can be a real threat to Alabama in the next five years or which other SEC West team can push the Crimson Tide.Please accept my apology for some static on my end during the interview. I recorded the podcast while on vacation, but I thought Landry’s content outweighs some minor static on my end.Friday will be my last podcast for SEC Country, thank you for the support over the last couple of years. Connect with Ryan Fowler on Twitter @RyanCFowler for more daily coverage of the Alabama Crimson Tide and some other ways you might be able to hear the podcast continue.The Alabama Crimson Tide podcast on Friday featured former Alabama All-America offensive lineman and college football analyst Mike Johnson to discuss some of the latest headlines involving the Crimson Tide.

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NEXT Why recruiting against Nick Saban’s age might be backfiring on other programs

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Jumbo Package: Tide staff excited about 2019 class, Biscuit holds on to HOF hopes

Happy Monday, everyone. The big news of the weekend was the Champions Cookout and camp for top recruiting prospects, at which several offers were made. CB969 will be along later with a recruiting update. The staff certainly seems to be excited about what’s going on.

Before the cookout even started, Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key tweeted, “It was surreal to see many talented commits and recruits together in one place today. The next few years are going to be fun to watch! #ROLL1N9 #AndInto20 #YoungA

This class is going to be incredible, folks. Alabama’s facilities certainly don’t hurt.

Prospects are constantly exposed to Crimson Tide success and tradition. The Hall of Champions features each of Bama’s national championships, bowl games, conference championships, Hall of Fame members, Heisman (and other) trophies, blow-up photos (including the dozens of Sports Illustrated covers that have featured Alabama), etc.

There are the meeting rooms – the giant theater for the entire team, the offense only, defense only, and then the position rooms.

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Alabama Football: 10 Questions for the Crimson Tide 2018 season

Alabama football fans have many questions about the 2018 season. Answers will evolve throughout the season. Until then, check out our thoughts on 10 important Crimson Tide questions. A few weeks ago we posted ten questions about the 2018 season, not specific to Alabama football. We had fun with a couple of them, particularly the one […]Alabama Football: 10 Questions for the Crimson Tide 2018 season - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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TUA | Homecoming - Part 2: How faith in God led the Tagovailoa family to Alabama

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Alabama Football: Why Jalen Hurts will start against Louisville

Alabama football has a good problem at quarterback. It is a problem without the need for a quick fix. Let’s explore why Jalen Hurts will be the early-season starter. The premise Jalen Hurts will be the Alabama football starter against Louisville does not argue who will be the Tide’s best QB in 2018. Who is […]Alabama Football: Why Jalen Hurts will start against Louisville - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Avery Johnson says Collin Sexton isn’t afraid of the big stage

Having coached Collin Sexton for a year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson definitely knows what kind of player the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting from the dynamic point guard.

Speaking about Sexton and what he can do in the NBA, Johnson gushed about his former player’s fearless mentality that he very much likely helped instill in the youngster, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

“The bigger the stage, the better,” Johnson said of Sexton. “He’s not afraid of the big stage, the lights. When you’re playing against all of these elite point guards in the NBA, he’s not going to ask anybody for their autographs, OK? He’s going to show them a healthy dose of respect, but he’s going to think he belongs on the floor. It’s not fabricated. It’s just who he is.”

Last season was filled with Collin Sexton heroics. There was the time when he dropped 40 points while also playing with only two teammates down the stretch of a close 89-84 loss against a then No. 14 Minnesota Gophers at home. There’s also that memorable coast-to-coast buzzer-beating layup he hit in the SEC Tournament to help the Tide beat the Texas A&M Aggies and strengthen their chance for at least an at-large berth for the NCAA Tournament.  Indeed, there are a number of evidence to back up Johnson’s assessment of Sexton, who was selected as the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Cavs.

Johnson will have his eyes trained on Sexton when his former player looks to kick off his NBA career with aplomb.

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