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Alabama punter enters NCAA transfer portal

Another Alabama football player has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Redshirt senior punter Mike Bernier is now in the transfer portal, 247Sports has confirmed. Matt Zentiz of AL.com was first to report the move.

A former walk-on who earned the starting punter job for the matchup with Tennessee in Knoxville, Bernier started the final eight games of the Crimson Tide’s 2018 season. He punted 25 times for 951 yards to average 38.0 yards per boot with a long of 55, dropped five punts inside the opponent 20-yard line and forced 10 fair catches on the season. He was selected as one of the coaching staff’s special teams players of the week for his play against the Volunteers.

Bernier is one of two punters on Alabama’s 2019 roster along with sophomore Skyler DeLong. The Tide also signed Hoover (Ala.) product Will Reichard this offseason, and the true freshman kicked field goals and punted in the first scrimmage of the spring this past Saturday.

“We have a new freshman kicker, who kicked well today. He also punts, and he punted well today,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “And then we have the other guys, who actually were better today than what they’ve been in the past, which is what our hope is that we can develop them and get them to improve.”

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Alabama's John Petty officially withdraws from transfer portal

ByCharlie Potter Apr 2, 12:05 PM

There is one less Alabama name in the NCAA transfer portal.

Sophomore guard John Petty has been officially withdrawn from the portal, 247Sports has confirmed. Petty entered the portal Wednesday, March 27, following the Crimson Tide and head coach Avery John parting ways. But he is returning to UA to play for new coach Nate Oats.

Petty averaged 9.9 points and 33.5 3-point shooting percentage per game a season ago.

“Petty’s a great shooter,” Oats said Monday. “We’ve got to get him a little bit better going off the dribble. Think Herb (Jones) is unbelievable coming downhill at the rim, but he didn’t have a lot of space like we play with. He’s going to be great with that. We’ve got to develop his shooting. Petty’s got to get a little bit better handle on it, Herb’s got to get better shooting it. We want guys that can pass, shoot and handle at all positions on the perimeter.” 

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Wright wanted to be part of the Crimson Tide family

De'Rickey Wright became commitment No. 14 for the Crimson Tide last week when he committed to Alabama over offers from LSU, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Texas A&M, among many others.

“I just really wanted to go there,” the Attalla (Ala.) Etowah product said. “I didn’t want to waste any time, so I just went ahead and committed. I really didn’t have the urge to build it up and everything. I just wanted to be a part of the Crimson Tide family, so I pulled the trigger.”

The Tide staff, including his primary recruiter Holmon Wiggins, were happy to learn of Wright’s decision.

“They were excited and they were ready for me to get back down there,” Wright said, recalling how the coaches reacted when he told them. “It was exciting.”

Excitement is an understatement when it comes to hometown reaction, as Wright says people out in public have been telling him Roll Tide and congratulations since he’s announced his decision.

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Malachi Moore plans to enroll early

Malachi Moore announced he plans to graduate early and enroll in the school he signs to in January on Sunday via Twitter.

Moore is a 2020 4-Star defensive back out of Trussville, Alabama,. He is the No. 1 ranked defensive back in the state. His physical nature has other teams still on the hunt for him as they attempt to get him away from the grasp of the Tide.

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Tua, Taulia Tagovailoa break down scrimmage film after midnight

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Hours after Alabama’s first spring scrimmage ended and most everyone had left the football facility on Paul W. Bryant Drive, film study started for Tua and Taulia Tagovailoa.

The older brother provided the younger brother with some late-night advice after his first scrimmage.

“Just things that I see,” Tua said Monday. “I had the opportunity to bring my brother up here late at night, probably about 12:30 to 1, and just sat down with him in our offensive staff meeting room and just watched film with him. He just wanted to know the things that I’m seeing out there, and I got to help him with that.”

Tua does that with all of Alabama’s quarterbacks, but a trip to the facility after midnight is likely only reserved for a member of his family. But just like the other signal callers, the Crimson Tide’s incumbent starter wants to see Taulia succeed and is more than willing to help him do that.

“There’s a lot of things he can work on,” Tua said. “We talked about it in our quarterback room, things that I can work on, things that the other quarterbacks can work on. It’s all about getting better in our quarterback room. So, he knows he’s got to get better, and we all know we’ve got to get better. We’ve just got to push ourselves and one another.

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Jumbo Package: Tide returns to practice looking to improve upon scrimmage performance

Freddie Kitchens may or may not win with the Browns, but he’s going to be entertaining along the way.

The birth of a powerhouse swim and dive team is well underway. The men took 7th at NCAA Nationals — their fourth top-10 finish in the past five years and sixth top-15 finish in a row at the national championships. The women placed 14th (its best finish ever) and Kensey McMahon earned All-American honors. Both teams are coached by Denny Pursley.

Tua Tagovailoa spoke to the media yesterday, and recapped his scrimmage as well as what Coach Sark does differently than the Locks/Enos tandem:

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Tide hoops signee believes in Oats

ByHank South Apr 2, 8:05 AM

It’s been a busy last few days to say the least for Alabama men’s basketball.

Nate Oats was announced as the Crimson Tide’s next head coach last Wednesday, new offers have been extended, and visits are being made as the program looks to finish its 2019 recruiting class with a bang.

The Tide inked a three-man class last November during the Early Signing Period of Juwan Gary, Jaylen Forbes, Jaden Shackelford.

The latter gave his reaction to the latest developments and where he stands with his decision to roll with the Tide.

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2019 Alabama Crimson Tide Spring Football unit preview: Quarterback — the best player in the country

Enjoy him for 15 more games.

By Erik Evans Apr 2, 2019, 7:45am CDT

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The Superstar

This Tua Tagovailoa kid is pretty good. I think we should keep him. He didn’t throw an interception until the 9th game of the season, a road win over LSU, which was also the first time he had to actually play in the fourth quarter. Along the way, playing mainly in the first halves of games, Tua completed 355 of 455 passes (69%, nice) for 3966 yards, 43 passing touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. He didn’t have a multi-pick game until the SECCG. And, while a testament to his escapability as much the offensive line’s excellent play, he only had one game where he took more than one sack (MSU 4). He chipped in another 5 scores on the ground, rushing 57 times for 190 yards. And, importantly, Tua led a ‘Bama offense that scored almost 50 points per game and became the first team since the 1988 Yale Elis to beat all of its regular season opponents by 20+. While his first half could have gone better against Clemson — to put it mildly — he still had a complete game that would otherwise be quite acceptable against an elite defense: 294 yards, 65% completion percentage, 2 TD, 2 Ints, just one sack taken.

People were impressed, and his trophy case grew fat:

Sporting News College Football Player of the Year; CFPA National Performer of the YearMaxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, National Quarterback Club College Quarterback of the YearHeisman Trophy runner-upFirst-Team All-American, First-Team All-SEC, Consensus All-AmericanSEC Offensive Player of the Year

SEC (also are school records):

QBR (199.4. Surpassed Baker Mayfield’s 2017 FBS record)Yards per attempt (11.2); yards per play (10.1)Passing TDs in a season (43)Single-season passing yardage (3,966)

Alabama

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Photos: Day 9 of spring practice

ByDenon McMillan Apr 1, 8:30 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Wet fields pushed Alabama's spring practice indoors for Monday's session.

Check out photos from inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

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Players 'gassed, worn out' after first on-court work with Oats

Nate Oats hasn’t been on the job a week yet, and he’s already worn out his Alabama players.

On the court, at least.

On Monday, the Crimson Tide men’s basketball team went through its first on-court workout with the new head coach, and during his first Hey Coach show, Oats said it was an eye-opening experience.

“Things were definitely a lot different,” Oats said at Baumhower’s Victory Grille. “The pace of play is nothing like any of them had been accustomed to. They were a little gassed and worn out. We’re not doing any conditioning, just the drills we’re running (laughs) at a little bit of a different pace than they’re used to doing. We were third in the country in offensive pace of play at Buffalo, we were ... first in transition points per game. We’re going to run that system.

“We’ve athletes down here to run it, and we’ve just got to get the culture right to where they’re going hard every day in practice.”

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Alabama to grow more consistency at inside linebacker for 2019 season

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He carries as much enthusiasm as other game-changing inside linebackers before him at the University of Alabama; however, Dylan Moses cannot do everything on his own.  

A native of Baton Rouge, La., the former five-star and returning junior finished last season as one of three finalists for the Dick Butkus Award – which goes to the best linebacker in high school, college and professional ranks. Lyndell “Mack” Wilson wanted the title of calling plays defensively, but it was Moses that was more prepared for the role through 15 games in 2018. 

He led the team in total tackles (86) as a sophomore and was among team leaders in tackles for loss (10) and sacks (3.5), to help the Crimson Tide secure a Southeastern Conference Championship and a 45-34 victory over Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl. 

Regardless of Moses being back as a leader and potentially first-round pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the inside ‘backer spot is the weakest one for Alabama this spring. No one else matches him with in-game experience and following the first scrimmage on last week, Nick Saban said the players at the position (especially the young ones) have a lot of work before fall camp. 

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Practice Report: Henry Ruggs III Absent From Practice

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With A-Day officially two weeks away, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide headed indoors today to refine their skills from the scrimmage last week and to work on the chemistry between position groups.

Listed below are notes from practice:

-Ben Davis and Shyheim Carter were both in black, non-contact jerseys.

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Holden shines at Adidas 7on7, recruits 5-star QB to Bama

Alabama wide receiver pledge boosted his stock at the Adidas 7on7 National Championship this past weekend in Florida. He was busy helping recruit for the Crimson Tide, too.

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Instant Analysis: Monday

ByTravis Reier Apr 1, 6:03 PM

Since 2008, BamaOnLine.com's Instant Analysis has been a staple of Crimson Tide football coverage. That won't change in 2019, as we'll continue to provide Alabama fans with insight and interaction fresh from Tuscaloosa via Facebook Live.

As for items we touched on during the latest edition of IA, they included:

* Residual thoughts from spring scrimmage No. 1.

* First up close look at the running backs this spring.

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WATCH: Tide moves into second half of spring drills

Go inside Monday's practice at Alabama and watch the offensive skill players at work!

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Practice report: Alabama heads indoors after first scrimmage

Here are several observations from the media viewing portion of Monday’s practice.

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Mac Jones Battles In QB Competition

It’s going to be difficult to drop Mac Jones’s name from the Alabama football record book, but for some reason the third-year sophomore quarterback doesn’t seem to be much in the conversation of an important aspect of preparation for the 2019 season.

First, as to that record book entry. Last year’s Louisiana game was not in doubt when Jones was at quarterback for the Crimson Tide in the third quarter. Tua Tagovailoa had quarterbacked most of the first two quarters with Jalen Hurts coming in as first reliever and Alabama had a 49-0 halftime lead.

Late in the third quarter with no more scores having been recorded and Bama backed up to its six-yard line, Jones threw a short pass over the middle to Jaylen Waddle. When Waddle turns on the jets, there aren’t many in college football who can catch him, and none of them were on the field for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Waddle took it for a 94-yard touchdown, which equals the second longest in Alabama history. (AJ McCarron to Amari Cooper for 99 yards vs. Auburn is the longest and the Jones-Waddle hook-up matched the Freddie Kitchens to Michael Vaughn scoring strike against Florida in 1996.)

Although Jones saw action in 14 games as the holder on extra points and field goals, in his eight games as the third quarterback he completed 5-13 passes for 123 yards.

Now, of course, Hurts has transferred to Oklahoma.

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Veteran players recap Alabama's first spring scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama held its first of three spring scrimmages this past Saturday.

This time of year, the defense is typically ahead of the offense. But with the Crimson Tide seeing six starters back on offense, including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, along with several reserves that have experience, that isn’t the case this spring. And UA’s defensive players know it.

Just ask safety Xavier McKinney which offensive players stood out out him in Scrimmage 1.

“Everybody,” McKinney said. “Yeah, they all had a good scrimmage. They all look good. I think they have had their time to jell, so I think they’ve jelled well together. So, they all looked good in the scrimmage.”

Inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, the scrimmage consisted of roughly 158 plays and was just over two hours long. The game-like practice “went pretty good,” according to both Tagovailoa and McKinney, but the quarterback was more hesitant to crown the offense scrimmage winners.

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Watch five-star Young at Adidas 7-on-7 National Championship

BySteve Wiltfong Apr 1, 1:51 PM

Premium Sports won the Adidas 7-on-7 National Championship over the weekend riding the arm of five-star quarterback Bryce Young who is committed to USC.

Ranked by 247Sports as the nation's No. 1 dual-threat passer and No. 18 prospect overall, the 6-foot, 176-pound Young was precise and clutch in leading his team to a title.

Young has been committed to USC since July. The blue-chipper has also been prolific on the prep level, throwing for 3,846 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior, 3,431 yards and 41 scores as a sophomore and 1,445 yards and 14 touchdowns freshman year.

Young will cap his prep career in January as an All-American.

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Nation's No. 1 player locks in Alabama OV

Five-star defensive lineman Bryan Bresee has set his return to Tuscaloosa.

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