Alabama tops Phil Steele’s preseason Top 25

Phil Steele’s College Football Preview Magazine is among the most anticipated annual publications for college fans, simultaneously serving as a bellwether for fall camp and a thirst quencher for fans longing for precious college football coverage. His predictions are hot off the presses and, as expected, he has the Tide atop the rankings. On Alabama:

“The Tide had yet to win a national title when preseason No. 1 under Nick Saban and while they barely got into the Playoff, they finally accomplished that. Alabama has two solid QBs, my No. 2 RBs, No. 3 OL, No. 4 DL, No. 1 LBs and No. 8 DBs in the country. They are once again the deepest team in the country and unlike 2015 and 2016 when they were No. 124 and No. 116 on my experience chart, Bama is No. 50 on the exp. chart this year. Saban recruits the best talent and develops it and the competition at each position makes everyone better. Bama will be favored by double digits in every game on the schedule and the SEC Title Game could be a national title rematch, but even if they’re 12-1, they’ll probably still make the Playoff.”

We will have plenty of time to debate that last sentence, as being heavily favored in every game says as much about the schedule as it does the Tide. According to Steele, Alabama will face only three ranked foes this season, and one of those is #25 Arkansas State.

“Arkansas State is just No. 73 in my Power Poll, but was arguably the best team in the Sun Belt last year and returns QB Justice Hansen. They do face Alabama on the road, but they could end up being favored in 11 games this season.”

Steele is quite bearish on the SEC as a whole. After the Tide, he has the Georgia Bulldogs at #5, but you then have to go all the way to #17 to find the Florida Gators, which seems generous for a team coming off a 4-7 season. Auburn and Mississippi State check in at #19 and #21, respectively, and that’s it. Five out of 14 SEC teams ranked, only two in the top 15.

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Alabama football depth at ILB takes big hit with Cowan dismissal

VanDarius Cowan spent much of his Alabama football career in trouble. His dismissal from the team leaves thin depth at inside linebacker even thinner. “Savages want to play with savages” is a well-known tweet from VanDarius Cowan during his Alabama football recruitment. It appears Cowan was unable to make the distinction being a savage on the […]Alabama football depth at ILB takes big hit with Cowan dismissal - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Recruiting Catch-Up: Three New Football Commits

While most of America was spending Independence Day week at the lake or beach or maybe grilling out in the backyard, Nick Saban was probably in a dark room somewhere watching game film.

Saban was not the only person with Alabama football on his mind. The Tide picked up verbal commitments from three 4-star players for the Class of 2019.

Byron Young DE Laurel, MS 6’4”/279

The Fourth of July began with a bang for the Crimson Tide with the midnight commitment from this 4-star strongside defensive end. There are reports that say the Mississippi native made his pledge earlier than expected. [IMHO: I get the feeling this move was influenced by Saban. As we have reported, the Alabama coach is not messing around this year. It makes one wonder if Saban said something along the lines of commit or we are moving on to the next guy.]

247Sports Comp ranks Young as the No. 121 recruit in the nation. Rivals has him in the same ballpark at 129. Young chose the Tide over UGA and Missy State. Credit Pete Golding’s Magnolia State roots and position coach Craig Kuligowski for this get.

John Metchie WR Hagerstown, MD 6’0”/195

On Friday, the Crimson Tide finally nabbed their first pass-catcher for the Class of 2019. Metchie was born in Taiwan and has lived in Nigeria and Ghana before the family settled in the Toronto area. He enrolled in boarding school in Maryland in order to follow his dream of playing football, spending four years at that school. While still only 17 years old, the family felt another year would do him good. He will spend one post-graduate year at The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ before moving on to Tuscaloosa next year.

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Alabama Football: Returning starters and game experience tell two stories

The presumed weakest link for Alabama football is few returning starters on defense. Game experience by non-starters is a more accurate measurement. Identifying Alabama football weaknesses in 2018 focuses on the defense. In terms of players who started at least half the 2017 games, there are only two: Isaiah Buggs with 13 starts and Anfernee Jennings with 11 […]Alabama Football: Returning starters and game experience tell two stories - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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TUA | Homecoming - Part 4: Tua Tagovailoa and teammates take over Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center

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Who besides Alabama football is hot in preseason Top 25 rankings

Check out this compilation of 14 preseason CFB Top 25 rankings to see where Alabama football and other top teams rate as the nation’s top teams. A compilation of 14 preseason Top 25 rankings gives few surprises about Alabama football. The Alabama Crimson Tide was ranked No. 1 in 11 of the 14 rankings. Clemson […]Who besides Alabama football is hot in preseason Top 25 rankings - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Get familiar with college football's new and revamped rivalries

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With the 2017-18-college football season almost upon us, it’s time to re-examine one of the best parts of any sport: the rivalries. In doing so, we must set aside all preconceived notions and welcome in the new order — enemies forged in the Twitter fires, divided by conference realignments and created by the coveted College Football Playoff spots.

Here are your new, revamped college football rivalries heading into the 2018 season.

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Auburn vs. Georgia 

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Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t the only five-star freshman who considered transferring from Alabama last year

Tua Tagovailoa isn’t the only five-star freshman in Alabama’s backfield who considered a transfer out of Tuscaloosa prior to a starring role in the team’s national championship run last season.

Sitting down with his hometown newspaper The San Fransisco Chronicle this summer, Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris revealed that he too thought about transferring from the school in search of more playing time after an up-and-down campaign as a true freshman. Ultimately though, will return to the program after talking with several key people close to him because he thinks the school gives him the best spot to play in the NFL.

“The only thing I can tell you is, I hope I’m on the field more,” Harris said of the upcoming 2018 campaign before discussing his first season with the team. “Last year was the worst feeling. That whole season was mentally challenging.”

Harris signed with the Tide as the No. 1 player in the country according to most recruiting services and was expected to push for carries early despite a crowded running backs room. Things didn’t quite play out that way however, as he saw some success early during a few blowouts but was relatively unused until busting out 64 yards on the ground against Georgia in the title game to help spark the team’s comeback. It seems that kind of effort on the big stage led to a meeting with Nick Saban that helped keep him in the fold at Alabama, per the Chronicle: 

Harris met with then-running backs coach Burton Burns after the season and had two one-on-one meetings with Saban in the spring. Saban reminded Harris he needs to polish his pass-blocking skills, he said, though Saban also acknowledged Harris’ frustration and told him, “You’re going to play a lot this year.”

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Alabama Basketball: Avery adds one to ’19 class, as Lewis and Watford wait

Alabama basketball coach, Avery Johnson got its first ’19 commit in SF, Diante Smith. While Avery waits on Kira Lewis and Trendon Watford, he has other options. Alabama basketball will have at least four roster slots available in the ’19 signing class. It could be more. Nationally the massive, annual exodus of basketball players via […]Alabama Basketball: Avery adds one to ’19 class, as Lewis and Watford wait - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Report: Najee Harris Nearly Transferred From Alabama After Last Year

Najee Harris, the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class (who picked Alabama over Michigan), shared with the SF Chronicles that he nearly transferred out of Tuscaloosa after his freshman season:

That’s why he contemplated leaving Alabama after his freshman season, frustrated by sparse playing time. And that’s also why he ultimately stayed, figuring Alabama still offers the best path to the NFL.

“The only thing I can tell you is, I hope I’m on the field more,” Harris said. “Last year was the worst feeling. That whole season was mentally challenging.”

Harris, who had d 61 carries last season for 370 yards and three touchdowns, got plenty of action during the Crimson Tide’s run to a championship last year. With Damien Harris and Joshua Jacobs also on the team, Harris will be fighting for carries once again.

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Alabama Football: Nick Saban is college football’s GOAT recruiter

There should be no debate, even among those who are not Alabama football fans, Nick Saban is the GOAT of college football recruiting. There is some debate over the GOAT college football head coach. Alabama football fans mostly choose Nick Saban though Paul Bryant still gets the nod from many. Other fans argue for a […]Alabama Football: Nick Saban is college football’s GOAT recruiter - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Forget the QB race, four Alabama football stud running backs are a load

Alabama football pushes precision execution in the running game. Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry left Tuscaloosa with the Heisman Trophy because of this philosophy. Since Alabama football won the national championship, the chatter has been about the quarterbacks. Nick Saban decided to pull his former SEC Offensive Player of the Year quarterback at halftime of […]Forget the QB race, four Alabama football stud running backs are a load - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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LSU, Alabama lead NFL in cap dollars spent per college

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Alabama won the national championship this year, but LSU has them beat in another category. More salary cap dollars in the NFL are being spent on Tigers alums than any other school in the country, according to Over The Cap.

Former LSU players are set to take in a total of $160.37 million NFL dollars this year, thanks in part to top earners such as Jarvis Landry, Patrick Peterson, Andrew Whitworth, Michael Brockers, and Odell Beckham Jr. Alabama – a group that includes Julio Jones, Marcell Dareus, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Kareem Jackson – is not far behind at $157.12 million.

Here’s the rundown of the Top 25, according to OTC:

Rk.College# of playersCap Dollars1LSU61$160,369,2742Alabama60$157,122,9633USC48$151,068,1234Georgia44$149,165,3185Ohio State53$130,270,1596Miami50$128,288,7407California33$126,843,4108Florida State50$121,923,5709Florida51$118,224,07110Oklahoma38$105,483,72011Stanford36$100,104,65512Wisconsin32$95,928,73513Clemson42$90,882,72114Michigan State28$90,363,89415Notre Dame38$88,797,56616South Carolina28$88,350,71517Texas A&M33$85,645,14018Iowa33$82,139,83919Tennessee38$79,788,63120Penn State40$75,628,78221Oregon33$73,695,59722Mississippi State25$71,898,56723Michigan36$71,787,69024Mississippi28$71,757,39125Nebraska33$66,999,307

There has been some movement on this list since 2017. In September of last year, Georgia led the way thanks to the big money contracts of Justin Houston, Cordy Glenn, Matthew Stafford, A.J. Green, Geno Atkins, and Thomas Davis. After that, USC, Alabama, LSU, and Cal rounded out the top five.

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Alabama Football: A letter to the CFB Selection Committee

On behalf of Alabama football fans, we want to express our gratitude to the CFB Selection committee and give them some advice. Dear Chairman Mullins, past and present members of the CFB Selection Committee, Before the frenzy of another college football season returns next month, we want to share our appreciation for the fine work […]Alabama Football: A letter to the CFB Selection Committee - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football Recruiting Update: 2020 Surprise!

I normally don’t like talking about commitments when their signing date is over a year away. Too much can change between now and December 2019 or February 2020. However in light of the incredible run the Alabama staff is on with the #ROLL1N9 Class of 2019, it is worth mentioning that that momentum is carrying over to the next class, especially in state.

But then...(WATCH VIDEO)

On Monday, Calera DT Jayson Jones made an announcement that gave us quite a jolt.

If you watched the video, you may have been thrown for a loop.

With a little help from comedian Funny Maine, Jones becomes the fifth prospect of the 2020 class to make his pledge to the Crimson Tide.

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Jumbo Package: LaBryan Ray embracing bigger role, Tide commits show out at The Opening

Happy Monday, everyone. DT signee Christian Barmore is officially headed to Tuscaloosa.

A few weeks ago it was reported that Barmore and DE signee Jordan Davis had some hurdles to clear. In Barmore’s case, it was simply that his Philadelphia high school didn’t let out in time for him to be able to enroll in early summer. Of course, things didn’t work out as well for Davis, though we still hope to see him in Tuscaloosa at some point.

The key DL commitment of the 2017 class is looking to build on his five-star potential.

Learning from Payne, Davis, Buggs and the rest of Alabama’s 2017 linemen aided Ray during his first year at Alabama, where he was asked to contribute one year earlier than expected.

“I learned a lot,” Ray said. “They taught me a lot, took me under their wings and, along with Coach (Karl) Dunbar, they taught me so much, whether it’s tape or stuff from the field. So, it’s been a blast working with them, that’s for sure.”

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Alabama Football: Ranking the SEC coaching hot-seats

Unlike Alabama football coach, Nick Saban, other SEC coaches are often on a hot-seat in their SEC careers. Check the rankings from hottest to not. Speaking about SEC football coach hot-seats, Alabama football coach, Nick Saban is permanently excluded. There will never be a hot seat for Nick Saban at Alabama. Forget the old adage, never […]Alabama Football: Ranking the SEC coaching hot-seats - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: To make the CFB Playoff, key will be winning Iron Bowl

Much will happen in CFB before late November, but for Alabama football, winning the Iron Bowl appears a requirement for making the CFB Playoff. Though several months away, fans are already wondering what it will take to make the 2018 Playoff field. Alabama football is in a different situation than last season, with a schedule, […]Alabama Football: To make the CFB Playoff, key will be winning Iron Bowl - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: The Tide is near the top in NCAA revenues and expenses

Alabama football is the primary driver of athletics revenue and expenses for the University of Alabama. See how the Tide compares to other top programs. It is no secret that money fuels an arms race in the upper echelons of college football. Alabama football both makes and spends a lot of money. Over the past […]Alabama Football: The Tide is near the top in NCAA revenues and expenses - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Crimson Tide feeds the beast with three Top 10 recruiters

Unparalleled recruiting allows the Alabama football dynasty to continue rolling. Alabama head coach Nick Saban feeds the uncontrollable monster with star recruiters and players. Three coaches in the top 10 of the 247 Recruiter Rankings are from Alabama football. Tosh Lupoi, Josh Gattis, and Brent Key are the primary reasons the Tide’s 2019 recruiting class […]Alabama Football: Crimson Tide feeds the beast with three Top 10 recruiters - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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