Roll Tide Nation
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The Alabama Crimson Tide no longer have too many quarterbacks. According to Pat Smith of “The Paul Finebaum Show” and Aaron Suttles of The Athletic, Jalen Hurts will redshirt for the 2018 season.
“Our own Aaron Suttles tells us expect Jalen Hurts to be redshirted this season unless Tua is injured.”
This might seem harsh on the surface, but this should benefit Hurts in the long run. Because of the new redshirt rule, he can play in up to four games while maintaining his eligibility. He’s due to graduate in December, but now he can transfer after graduation without facing a penalty. Then, he can play for another school immediately in 2019. And after that, he’ll still have two years of eligibility at quarterback.
Not a bad gig, right?
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Nick Saban may have a public image for being somewhat of a Darth Vader-type, but he might not be as bad as you think.
Saban came under fire for giving a surly response to a straightforward question from ESPN’s Maria Taylor following Alabama’s win over Louisville last weekend. His behavior in the interview became an immediate talking point after the game.
Though it was reported a day later that Saban had apologized to Taylor, it turns out that the Crimson Tide head coach actually tried to make things right much sooner than that.
Taylor said on “The Paul Finebaum Show” Thursday that Saban called her right after the game.
Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 9/7/18
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Alabama and Jalen Hurts have an agreement for 2018 that seems to keep all parties’ best interests in mind, according to a report.
Aaron Suttles, who was an Alabama beat reporter for the Tuscaloosa News and now writes for The Athletic, said on his “3 Man Front” radio show on WJOX Friday that Hurts and Bama have an agreement for this season.
According to Suttles, Hurts would be expected to redshirt this season as long as Tua Tagovailoa is not injured.
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Lane Kiffin spent three years at Alabama rehabilitating his coaching career, but the two rings from national championships are never on his fingers.
According to Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post, Kiffin has the rings sitting on his desk at Florida Atlantic — and they impress recruits — but he doesn’t like to wear them.
“I find that funny. Coaches wear them all the time and they’re so gaudy and big. People that know me, the last thing I want is attention on me when I’m out of the building anyway.”
Kiffin had an unceremonious exit from Alabama, but the FAU coach said he has “very positive” feeling about Nick Saban.
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By the end of the season, what transpired in college football Week 1 may not feel as significant as it does after watching it all unfold the past few days.
Launching into the first weekend of college football can feel a bit like getting shot out of a cannon. So much is happening all at once, and it’s all happening so fast.
Glorious chaos. We loved every minute of it — from Thursday night through the big games on Saturday evening.
Now, let’s recap the biggest developments as we eagerly await the prime-time games on Sunday and Monday night.
UCF lives up to the Heupel
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It looks as though Nick Saban is incapable of making a choice. Alabama’s head coach will use both Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback in their season opener on Saturday.
“I think we have two guys that are weapons and they’ve both played well, so the plan is to play both guys in the game,” Saban told ESPN's Chris Fowler. “So the only issue is who plays first, and we’ll decide that when the time comes.”
But eventually you have to decide, right? Competition is all well and good, but a quarterback rotation doesn’t often work. So, yes, Saban will ultimately have to hurt somebody’s feelings. Now we know that’s not a worry for him. We just don’t know how long he’s going to ride this idea.
“Just like every position, there’s good competition at quarterback,” Saban said back on August 21, via the ESPN.com report. “And nobody’s backing away from that competition.”
Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Grey Papke | Last updated 8/29/18
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The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.
1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB
After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.