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Former Tide star Irv Smith Jr. signs contract with Minnesota Vikings

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He’s the highest drafted rookie of 2019 to sign a contract. 

For former University of Alabama tight end Irv Smith, Jr., he put pen to paper on Thursday in finalizing his four-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings. News came from Adam Schefter of ESPN and per Spotrac, Smith’s deal is worth $5.78 million ($2.98 million guaranteed) with a $2.23 million signing bonus. 

The 6-foot-2, 242-pounder turned in a contribution last season that went a long way into quarterback Tua Tagovailoa being recognized as an All-American and Heisman finalist. 

He recorded 710 yards receiving on 44 catches with seven touchdowns – setting a single-season school record for scores by a tight end. Smith averaged 16+ yards per catch and had a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Durability of Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa to be monitored next season

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One draft is done; however, people tend to focus much on the future. 

Todd McShay, an NFL Draft expert for ESPN, is one of few analysts that has already started putting together a Way-Too-Early mock draft for 2020.

While many media outlets have the University of Alabama placing seven guys in the first round, it all starts with returning junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa – of whom McShay has slotted as his No. 1 overall selection. 

In his first season as a starter, Tagovailoa took Crimson Tide fans and consumers of college football by storm with his abilities as a natural distributor of the ball.

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Alabama football: O-line features nice blend of talent, experience

Alex Leatherwood looks to be a part of a solid offensive line for the Tide in 2019. Photo by Matthew Emmons - USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s note: This is part four of an eight-piece series that will take a look at the entire team as Alabama heads into summer workouts. Register here to view the premium content in this series. Here we take a look at Alabama’s offensive line.

Projected depth chart

First group: Alex Leatherwood, Emil Ekiyor, Chris Owens, Matt Womack, Jedrick Wills

Backups: Scott Lashley, Deonte Brown, Kendall Randolph, Evan Neal, Pierce Quick, Hunter Brannon, Amari Kight, Tommy Brown, Tanner Bowles

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Former Defensive Tackle Joshua Frazier Retires from NFL

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In a tweet posted this afternoon, former Alabama defensive tackle Joshua Frazier announced that he is “done” with the game of football. Frazier said in the post that he has a lot going on in his personal life and that he can’t give the game the necessary attention that it deserves. He also thanked his teammates from his high school and from the University of Alabama.

The Springdale, Arkansas product arrived at Alabama as a part of the 2014 recruiting class. He was listed as a four-star recruit and also shared the class with other stars like Jarran Reed, Rashaan Evans, Christian Miller, Marlon Humphry, Bo Scarbrough, Tony Brown, Da’Shawn Hand and Cam Robinson. Frazier was also apart of two national championship teams.

In his four seasons as a member of the crimson tide, Frazier was mainly a rotational player among the stacked defensive line. After the 2017 season, Fraizer entered the NFL draft and was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 246th pick of the seventh round.

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Justin’s Recruiting Bites

Alabama Recruiting Update

Alabama’s 2019 recruiting class has 15 verbal commits as high school football spring practices are geared to start soon or have already begun. Nick Saban and the rest of Alabama’s coaching staff is expected to visit some key targets during this period. Information on a couple of targets the Tide will visit and more is included in Justin’s Recruiting Bites below:

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Jumbo Package: Jayden George, son of NFL standout Jeff George, commits to Alabama

Yesterday, Alabama picked up the commitment of walk-on quarterback, Jayden George. That unusual last name should tip you off as to his pedigree — the son of former NFL occasional star/journeyman Jeff George.

Here are the highlights from Jayden’s senior season in Indianapolis.

George the Elder was an interesting player. He had one of the quickest releases, strongest arms, and best play-fakes you could wish for. The physical skills were there for a true Hall of Fame career. Unfortunately, the 1990 No. 1 overall pick also had an ego to match, intermittent injuries, and a penchant for bratiness that made his tenure uneasy with just about every team he played for over a 13-year career. George probably had his most memorable moments for Alabama fans during his time as the signal caller for the (very fun) run-and-shoot Atlanta Falcons under June Jones.

Anyway, Jayden has not been evaluated by any recruiting services, but he has been invited to several campuses — including Georgia most recently. You can tell he has had some coaching from the old man too. He is a throwback for sure: a true dropback passer with nice play-action out of the Ace sets. His arm is live, but he doesn’t appear to have the quick release of his dad. He is an interesting player. In an era of athletes-as-quarterbacks, Jayden is a pure throwing quarterback; a guy from another time and place.

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Giving Away Money: Vegas drops rat poison in Dabo’s Ostarine

For about a century, there were three longstanding truisms about Alabama football: Alabama never had a Heisman winner, Alabama never won a national title with a Republican in the White House, and Alabama has never won a national title when being tabbed the No. 1 team in the nation.

Nick Saban has upended the apple cart as to the first two of these, but the latter is still true: Alabama has never won a national title when being the nation’s preseason top dog. This season, Alabama is firmly in second place behind Clemson...even in Vegas.

And that’s just how we like it.

Yesterday, some of the offshore books began dropping preseason odds to win the College Football Playoff Championship, and, if you want to make some decent money, you could do a whole lot worse than laying some early scratch on the Tide:

Clemson 2-1

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Jumbo Package: Gump Day!

Leaving the Alabama bubble for the NFL a challenge for some former Tide players

His position coach, Burton Burns, was no longer in his ear and telling him to go to class. Then again, there was no class to attend. The 15-hour, semester-long course load had vanished along with the evening study halls and mandatory 6 a.m. workouts that ensured he’d be occupied from dawn until dusk.

All of a sudden Trent Richardson was bored with a lot of time on his hands and millions of dollars in his bank account.

“What do I do now?” he asked himself.

We’ve talked and speculated around this issue for years, especially in the earlier half of Saban’s tenure at Alabama when the Tide’s NFL draft picks were riddled with flameouts. Some players who thrived in Saban’s structured system struggled to stay focused and driven at the next level when they no longer had people checking behind them for everything.

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Alabama Football Film Room: Josh Jobe looks the part

Josh Jobe got his baptism by fire on the biggest stage. As a true freshman, he was inserted into the line-up in the national championship after starting corner Saivion Smith went down with an injury. Jobe was by no means perfect; but he acquitted himself well, considering the situation, and made two tackles to go along with a pass break-up.

With Smith’s departure to the NFL and versatile defensive back Shyheim Carter limited after surgery, Jobe spent the spring with the first team. At A-Day, he operated as the right cornerback in nickel and dime packages; and he had an excellent outing.

2nd and 10: Jobe (#28) is the right cornerback at the bottom of the screen, playing about 7 yards off the line. He takes one step back on the snap before changing gears when he sees it’s a handoff. Jobe quickly comes down and forces Najee Harris (#22) to keep moving laterally instead of cutting upfield. Harris is a load to take down, but that doesn’t stop Jobe. He hits him up high and, with a bit of help from Moses, who did a good job of avoiding traffic, makes the tackle after a minimal gain.

3rd and 4: Jobe is in press coverage on DeVonta Smith (#6) at the bottom. Smith runs a little hitch route right at the sticks, and there’s a little bit of separation. The yard or two would possibly be enough for Smith to catch it and pick up the first had the throw been on the money, but it’s high. Smith jumps to snag it, giving Jobe more time to close; and he smashes into Smith right after it’s caught. Jobe knocks him back several yards before finishing up the tackle with a suplex, which unfortunately draws a flag and gives the Crimson offense a first down.

3rd and 3: It’s third and short, and the offense goes after Jobe again. He’s at the top of the screen, playing off on Jerry Jeudy (#4). It’s another quick hitch at line to gain. Jobe hesitates slightly once he sees the pass is going to Jeudy, and he wastes a step. Still, once he changes directions; he closes quickly and delivers a jarring hit on Jeudy, showing the physicality we saw in the previous two plays. Jeudy had already started to drop the pass before Jobe got there, but Jobe at least made it so that it would’ve been difficult for Jeudy to hang on had he caught it.

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Jumbo Package: The NFL has drafted enough Alabama players in the Saban era to fill an entire roster

Yesterday, Pat Forde read these tea leaves for Alabama’s swim and dive program...

And, right he was:

Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne has announced the hiring of Coley Stickels as The University of Alabama’s next head swimming and diving coach. Stickels comes to Tuscaloosa following a two-year stint as Indiana’s associate head sprint coach.

The Hoosiers are coming off a program-first sweep of the men’s and women’s Big Ten team titles in 2019. It was also the men’s third-consecutive team championship, while the women captured the league crown for the first time since 2011. In all, the men won 24 medals – 13 gold, six silver and five bronze, and the women took home 14 medals – seven gold, one silver and six bronze.

If we’re going by results, this seems to be another outstanding move by the Ninja, who has made a knack of hiring up and coming small division coaches and big time assistants ready for a shot at a Power 5 job.

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The Subtle Problem with Targeting: Turning officials into bad lawyers interpreting an even worse law

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The NCAA just can’t seem to get this targeting rule nailed down. Last week, the NCAA announced some tweaks to the most subjective and inconsistently-thrown flag in the game.

First, let’s see what has been changed with the terms of rule. Blindside blocks, for one. Not only will they be penalized, but the vicious crack-back is about to be a thing of the past, and can itself constitute the targeting of a defenseless player. Additionally, there is progressive punishment for infractions.

And, finally, there is a poison pill in here that is getting too little attention — the requirement that all aspects of the targeting call be confirmed: no longer can a targeting call simply be upheld. The replay and field officials must make a determination that every element of the rule is met. If it’s not, the penalty is waived.

Yet, this is going to be exceptionally difficult to prove. And, that difficulty goes to the heart of what’s wrong with a rule that has been modified four times in its seven-year existence.

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Crimson Tide Softball: Alabama Drops Final Home Series To Kentucky

It was the final home stand of the season for Alabama and the Crimson Tide ran into a hot and feisty Kentucky team. The #22 Wildcats came into Tuscaloosa on a high after sweeping three from top-15 Auburn and run-ruling Eastern Kentucky.

TUESDAY

Alabama 6 Belmont 4

Bama beat the Bruins in a game played in Cullman, AL. Read all about it here.

FRIDAY

Kentucky 4 Alabama 1

Bailey Hemphill’s round-tripper was the only offense for the Tide in a lethargic opener. Both teams had six hits (3 by Hemphill) but Alabama had an uncharacteristic 3 fielding errors by shortstop Claire Jenkins paired with two base-runner blunders by Elissa Brown for leaving the base too early. Montana Fouts was mowing down Wildcats but two fourth inning errors forced her into a long inning and seemed to take a lot out of her. Thanks to an out at home and a pick off at third, Fouts escaped the inning. She would not be so lucky in the fifth. A UK walk, single and error loaded the bases. A double and a sac fly made it 3-0 bad guys. Alabama going down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame put Fouts right back out there and she gave up a fourth run and had to be relieved by Krystal Goodman. Outside of Hemphill, the Tide had no hits after the third inning.

SATURDAY

Alabama 3 Kentucky 1

Bama got back on the winning side but needed a little help from the coach Patrick Murphy since the men in blue were giving them no help. The home plate umpire was making some horrendous ball-strike calls that led to Murphy’s ejection.

His removal from the game sparked the Tide to turn a 1-0 deficit into a three run inning and an eventual win. Sarah Cornell (W, 19-1) was splendid in the circle tossing a four-hit complete game. Her only mistake was a sixth inning solo home run to All-American lock Abbey Cheek. Cornell struck out the first two batters in the seventh and, following a double, struck out the final hitter to secure the win.

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Miss Terry to Nick: “Get back in your chair!”

When your name is Nick Saban, privacy is a mere fantasy, particularly when something like a hip replacement is on the schedule. As such, Chris Low, Alex Scarborough and Mark Schlabach of ESPN collaborated on a fine piece detailing the play-by-play of Saban’s surgery and recovery. Like most modern hip replacements it was an outpatient procedure, and poor Miss Terry was charged with the post-op nursing duties.

Miss Terry, as Alabama’s five-time national championship coach Nick Saban fondly refers to his wife of more than 40 years, returned home only to find, to her horror, her husband standing in the driveway.

”What are you doing out here?” she asked.

Saban shrugged and deadpanned, “You left me all alone, and there’s nothing to do.”

”You’re not supposed to do anything,” Terry shot back. “Get back in your chair!”

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Alabama’s defense owned its 13th annual spring game

Alabama OLB Chris Allen (No. 4) tackles RB Brian Robinson in 2019 A-Day Game: Marvin Gentry - USA TODAY Sports

Say goodbye to the unit that took the field in 2018. 

For the University of Alabama, its defense under Nick Saban and coordinator Pete Golding owned the stage during Saturday’s spring game. After having issues in the secondary and linebackers out of place last season, the group looked much better in front of 60,000+ in attendance. 

While a mystery lingers at inside linebacker – opposite Dylan Moses – the combination of Joshua McMillon, Jaylen Moody and Shane Lee did something to draw the attention of coaches and fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium. McMillon, a senior, tied with Xavier McKinney for team White’s leader in tackles (seven) and had one for loss. The 6-foot-3, 237-pounder stuffed the attack of Najee Harris (23 yards, nine carries) and Jerome Ford (two yards, six carries). 

Moody and Lee, both freshmen, record one interception each. Moody returned his for a 30-yard touchdown off Paul Tyson, while Lee anchored team Crimson in tackles with eight.  

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TWEETED: 2019 Alabama A-Day, Recruiting Visitors React

2020 5-star WR Julian Fleming from Catawissa, PA with Tino Sunseri (Bama analyst, former Pitt QB) and WR coach Holmon Wiggins.

McEACHERN-POWDER SPRINGS FOUR

Jamil Burroughs 2020 4-star DT, Javon Baker 2020 4-star WR (Bama commit), Carlos Del Rio 2021 4-star QB, Kyle Mann 2020 3-star DT

Caden Clark, 2020 4-star TE, Akron, OH - Bama commit

Jayson Jones, 2020 4-star DT, Calera, AL - Bama commit

Kyle Edwards, 2020 3-star RB, Destrehan, LA - Bama offered. I think he gets another star pretty soon.

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Cane Berrong reflects on A-Day visit

Photo via Cane Berrong's Twitter account

4-Star tight end, Cane Berrong, was one of the many top recruits in Tuscaloosa for A-Day on Saturday.

Berrong is the No.1 tight end in the 2021 recruiting class. This was the first time Alabama got Berrong on campus since they offered him on Mar. 8. The atmosphere in Bryant Denny Stadium on a rainy Saturday spoke volumes to Berrong.

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2019 Alabama Crimson Tide Football A-Day: Quick Stats

Alabama’s spring practice is a wrap. Below are some combined quick stats for you to ruminate over for the next four months.

PASSING

Tua Tagovailoa 19-37-1, 265 yards, 1 TD
Mac Jones 19-23-1, 271 yards, 2 TDs
Taulia Tagovailoa 6-9-1, 93 yards, 1 TD
Paul Tyson 1-5-1, 8 yards
Slade Bolden 1-1-31 yards
(Layne Hatcher played but did not attempt a pass)

RUSHING

Brian Robinson 11-42
Najee Harris 9-25, TD
Chadarius Townsend 4-30
Jaylen Waddle 1-8
Jerome Ford 6-2
(There was only one rushing score)

RECEIVING

John Metchie 5-133 - named MVP
Jerry Jeudy 5-104, TD
DeVonta Smith 6-95
Jaylen Waddle 4-59, TD
Henry Ruggs III 1-8
Najee Harris 1-12
Brian Robinson 6-52
Xavier Williams 2-35, TD
Kedrick James 1-29, TD
Cameron Latu 2-37
Miller Forristall 3-32

PUNTING

Will Reichard 6-253, 42.2 ypp, 1 touchback
Skyler DeLong 4-190, 47.5 ypp, 1 touchback
Mike Bernier 1-34

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Breaking: Nick Saban to Have Hip Examined

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During Alabama’s spring game press conference head coach Nick Saban revealed that he has been having trouble with one of his hips throughout the spring.

“I’ve been struggling a little bit with one of my hips,” said Saban. “Even though they don’t make’em like they used to and most players would not be able to perform in spring practice like I did if they had a similar situation, but nobody could even tell. But I might not be able to play golf for a few weeks. We’re going to do an evaluation of this at the end of spring.”

Despite the tough news from the 67-year-old, he made it a point that he doesn’t believe that the injury will be the end of his coaching career.

“I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach for one more year, I want to coach for a lot more years,” said Saban. “So whenever things like this come up, I want to be aggressive and proactive and try to get it taken care of.”

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Alabama Spring Football 2019: A-Day Open Thread

Alabama’s 2019 Golden Flake A-Day Game is taking place Saturday, April 13, at 1 pm CT at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game is being aired on ESPN2 with Tom Hart and Todd Blackledge on the call and Laura Rutledge on the sidelines. (Kirk Herbstreit and Joey Galloway will be elsewhere.)

ROSTERS:

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APRIL UPDATE: Alabama NFL Free Agency Tracker

C.J. Mosley, Landon Collins, and Kareem Jackson have already cashed in. Others hope to find their new home very soon. We will keep this post updated as news rolls in.

WED. UPDATE: Mark Ingram - three-year, $15 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

WED. UPDATE: Carpenter - four year, $21M with the Falcons; $7M fully guaranteed at signing and $9.25M in total guarantees.

FRIDAY/THURSDAY UPDATE: D.J. Fluker re-signs with Seattle for 2 years, $9M. (see Tweet below for all the confusing details.)

THURSDAY UPDATE: HaHa Clinton-Dix signed a 1 year, $3.M contract with the Chicago Bears. It’s a little surprising that he got such a small contract and only one year. Word is he turned down bigger money from somewhere else. He had better ball out this year.

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