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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.
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.
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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.
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.”
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.
Topics discussed: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 quarterbackOriginal link
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.
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.
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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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 RobinsonOriginal link
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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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.