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Jumbo Package: Young wide receivers standing out this spring

Not exactly what you want to hear 2/3rds of the way through Spring camp, is it?

“I like people not to do what they feel like doing but to choose to do what they need to do to get better, and that has been very, very good all spring. Today, it could have been better. I think practice went better as we went. We need to keep working on that.”

Early in Wednesday’s practice, Saban said the players sent him a signal that the “mental toughness” and “ability to sustain in difficult circumstances” need to be points of emphasis this offseason.

The rest of Saban’s presser right here.

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Buffalo assistant, director of operations join Oats at Alabama

Nate Oats’ first staff at Alabama is slowly coming together.

Assistant coach Bryan Hodgson has been removed from the Buffalo website and has changed his Twitter profile to read “Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at The University of Alabama. #Rolltide”

“Bryan Hodgson came with me from Buffalo,” Oats said Monday. “Bryan and myself, for the most part, recruited the entire roster at Buffalo. He’s an unbelievable recruiter. We were getting Top100 players at Buffalo, so I can’t wait to see what we do down here. When you walk in with this on, you get some credibility right out of the gate playing in an unbelievable league. He’s been my right-hand man for four years. He’s coming. We’re getting the support staff put together.”

Hodgson flew to Tuscaloosa, Ala., with Oats last Wednesday and has since been recruiting for the Crimson Tide. In four seasons, Hodgson helped guide the Bulls to a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances. He led the Buffalo recruiting efforts and oversaw the 2018 class that was ranked 76th nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite -- the highest ranking in program history.

Along with Hodgson, Oats is bringing his director of operations Adam Bauman to Tuscaloosa. Like Hodgson, Bauman has edited his Twitter bio to reflect the career change. Prior to his stint at Buffalo, Bauman was a video coordinator at Mississippi State from 2012 to 2015.

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Alabama DB Jared Mayden trying to lock up starting role at free safety

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He mentioned on Wednesday that he is not for the “Poor Me” movement when it comes practicing under tough conditions; however, Nick Saban is a huge proponent of seeing players prove they deserve a starting job on either side of the football for the University of Alabama. 

As a returning senior, Jared Mayden is one of five guys in competition to start at free safety – opposite Xavier McKinney. Mayden, a former four-star from Texas, arrived on campus in the 2016 recruiting class and has 23 career tackles. The 6-foot, 200-pound defender totaled 18 tackles last season and posted two pass breakups, one tackle for loss and one sack. 

While possesses the skill set of a hard hitter, the ability to defend pass patterns and lock on to some of the elite receivers in college football is the next phase for Mayden.

In coming behind Eddie Jackson, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Deionte Thompson, he has to show Saban and the coaching staff that he can create turnovers and generate points off the takeaways for the Tide. 

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Everything Saban said in fifth press conference of spring

ByCharlie Potter 3 hours ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban held a press conference Wednesday evening following the Crimson Tide's 10th practice of the spring. Below is everything Saban said in his fifth press conference of the spring and only one before Saturday's second scrimmage.

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Recent Alabama practices feature opponent prep, 'Poor mes'

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban was pleased with how his Alabama team responded on the practice field Monday following the first scrimmage of the spring. Wednesday? Not so much.

“To summarize the week, I thought the players were really good on Monday,” Saban said. “We had to go inside because the field was a little too wet. Today, every now and then, as a coach you feel like people get the ‘Poor mes.’ If you know what the ‘Poor mes’ are, they’re exactly what I said. ‘Poor me, my leg hurts. Poor me, my shoulder hurts. Poor me, it’s hot out here today. Poor me, I don’t feel like practicing. To me, I’m not big on the ‘Poor mes.’

“I like people not to do what they feel like doing but to choose to do what they need to do to get better, and that has been very, very good all spring. Today, it could have been better. I think practice went better as we went. We need to keep working on that.”

Early in Wednesday’s practice, Saban said the players sent him a signal that the “mental toughness” and “ability to sustain in difficult circumstances” need to be points of emphasis this offseason.

The Crimson Tide is two-thirds of the way through its spring season and will have one more practice Friday, April 5, before returning to Bryant-Denny Stadium for its second scrimmage this Saturday.

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Practice Report: Henry Ruggs III Returns to Practice

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With A-Day vastly approaching, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide look to refine their skills before the annual spring game. It never hurts to have one of your best wide receivers return to practice, but it’s never a great sign when someone new joins the black jersey unit.

Listed below are notes from practice:

-Shyheim Carter continues to practice, although mainly working with the second group of defensive backs.

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Photos: Day 10 of spring practice

ByDenon McMillan 5 hours ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama was back outside for Day 10 of spring on Wednesday.

Check out photos from Wednesday evening's session.

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Practice report: Notes from Alabama's 10th spring practice

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

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Keilan Robinson looks to bounce back from injury

Alabama running back signee, Keilan Robinson, posted a picture via Instagram on Wednesday with the caption, “Turning minor set backs into major comebacks. Don’t count me out.”

Robinson was ranked as a 4-Star running back coming out of St. John’s High School in Washington, D.C.,. He missed some of his senior season due to a lower body injury.

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Four-star WR Ja'Khi Douglas talks Alabama, LSU

Four-star receiver Ja'Khi Douglas discusses his interest in Alabama and LSU.

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How Tua Tagovailoa can better protect himself in 2019

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Tua Tagovailoa put together a record-breaking season in 2018. But in all likelihood, it could have been even more impressive had Tagovailoa stayed healthy the entire year.

This time last year, the stunning sophomore was dealing with a hand injury after the first day of spring drills. During the season, he sustained a lingering knee injury in Week 6 at Arkansas and an ankle injury that knocked him out of the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.

With that idea in mind, have Alabama head coach Nick Saban and new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian reworked the Crimson Tide’s offense to reduce the exposure of the quarterback?

“No,” Saban said earlier this spring. “I mean, we can seven-man protect every time and send three guys out so that they could double cover them all.”

About the answer one would expect, right?

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Who will Alabama sign at QB in 2020?

ByHank South 15 hours ago

Alabama sits atop the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Ranking thus far in the 2020 recruiting cycle, a position it’s held for quite some time.

The Crimson Tide, however, is still in need of a quarterback in the class after Carson Beck backed out in the wake of both Brent Key and Dan Enos leaving the staff for other opportunities. 

Luckily for the Tide, there is no shortage of options on the table that the staff has been in pursuit of this spring.

Here, BamaOnLine takes a look at a handful of the more intriguing names at the quarterback position to track this offseason. 

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Jumbo Package: Gump Day!

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.”

Here’s a little crootin’ news to kick off Gump Day. Wright committed last week and it went way under the radar with all the hoopla surrounding the hoops program. He’s a positionless recruit at the moment, but is a 6’3” 220 pound player that can play safety, linebacker, or most anywhere on offense.

Plus he has a refreshing attitude. I don’t think this is a guy that will have much drama in his recruitment.

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Former Tide RB Damien Harris to visit Cowboys on Wednesday

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With Josh Jacobs improving his 40-time and Quinnen Williams scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders, things are going according to plan for two stars from the Crimson Tide that project as first-round picks for the NFL Draft. 

Damien Harris, another former Tide standout, is anticipating hearing his name called during the venue – which goes from Thursday, April 25 to Saturday, April 27 from Nashville, Tenn. 

A native of Kentucky and former five-star prospect, Harris will meet with the Dallas Cowboys for a visit and a pre-draft workout on Wednesday.

News came from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network as Dallas lacks depth in its backfield behind four-year veteran, Ezekiel Elliot. 

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Five-star RB sets Alabama visit

It wasn't long ago that Alabama landed a five-star running back from California when Najee Harris opted for the Crimson Tide as a part of the 2017 recruiting class.

The Tide is back in the Golden State in 2020 with its sights set on five-star ball carrier Kendall Milton.

Alabama offered the Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan product over a year ago, but has yet to get Milton on campus for a visit. That will change April 17 when the nation's No. 2 running back plans to make it out to Tuscaloosa.

Originally, Milton told BamaOnLine earlier this year that he planned to be on campus April 16.

The five-star back had a connection to the program though former defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi who played at Cal with Milton's head coach. And even though Lupoi is no longer on the staff, there's still a connection with the aforementioned Harris who Milton has a relationship with due to the relative proximity of their hometowns.

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Justin’s Recruiting Bites

Alabama Recruiting Update

Alabama’s 2020 recruiting class is getting busy early as the Tide has 14 verbal commits. Seven of them are from the state of Alabama, continuing the trend of Alabama keeping the talent within the state. As this recruiting cycle gets more interesting, commits and targets are setting visits to Tuscaloosa and other places.

One of the Tide’s in-state targets released a final five recently and has some official visits set. The Tide 4-Star DB commit, Jahquez Robinson, also has some visits set as he plans to camp at a couple of SEC schools and one of the Tide’s 5-Star targets are set to make their announcement this month. All of this and more is below in Justin’s Recruiting Bites:

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Ranking SEC coaches by name recognition

ByKirk McNair Apr 2, 4:30 PM

Many years ago I was making the rounds of the Waldorf Astoria in New York with Alf Van Hoose, the late sports editor of the Birmingham News. We were there for the annual National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame induction banquet, at that time a black tie, stag affair attracting virtually all of the head coaches and athletics directors in the nation.

Prior to the banquet we were visiting various rooms hosted by the likes of ABC and Sports Illustrated. We had been to a reception in the elegant apartment of W.W. “Foots” Clements, a Tuscaloosa County native who had been a back-up end to Don Hutson and Paul Bryant at Alabama and had risen to CEO of Dr Pepper. (There are apartments in the Waldorf and Clements’ was across the hall from the widow of Gen. Douglas MacArthur.)

We planned to make one last stop before the banquet and joined a group boarding an elevator. A well-dressed woman was already on the elevator. Noting that the hotel was full of men in tuxedos, she asked if it was “some sort of football thing.”

A small man in our group replied, “Yes ma’am, it is.”

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Josh Jacobs Reruns 40 Yard Dash at Second Pro Day

via: Mark J. Rebilas USA Today Sports

According to Ian Rapoport, former Alabama running back and first-round hopeful Josh Jacobs ran his 40-yard dash again today at the teams second pro day.

The 220-pound tailback had times which ranged from 4.52-4.56 which is an improvement over his times from his first pro day which ranged from 4.63-4.66. Jacobs who faced much criticism over his times was also battling a groin injury before the pro day and was not nearly 100 percent healthy.

The NFL Draft will take place on Thursday, April 25 and Jacobs has been projected as a mid to late first round pick. Maybe his performance today will help tip the scales of some NFL front offices.

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Breaking: Alabama Punter Mike Bernier Enters Transfer Portal

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According to Al.com, Alabama punter Mike Bernier entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier today. Bernier a redshirt senior, was the punter for the last eight games of the 2018-19 season.

Sophomore Skyler Delong is now the only punter on the roster.

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