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Nick Saban compares Louisville QB Jawon Pass to Cam Newton

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Looking ahead to his program’s first game of the 2018 college football season against Louisville, Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered high praise for Cardinals quarterback Jawon Pass.

He compared Pass to former Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, who’s now the franchise quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.

“I think he’s an outstanding, talented player,” Saban said, per AL.com. “Very, very good in high school. Has got great size. Very good arm talent. Very good athlete. He’s kind of a Cam Newton-looking type of guy out there and, when he had the opportunity to play last year, I thought he played very well and showed a lot of poise. They’ve got a very experienced offensive team, so I’m sure that that experience is going to help him and his confidence playing in that first game.”

That’s some heady stuff there, as it’s not like we see comparisons to Newton very often.

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Alabama Football: Tuesday practice edged closer to set starters

Alabama football continued its Louisville preparation Tuesday afternoon working inside the Hank Crisp Indoor facility, in full pads. Other than at quarterback, any mystery about Alabama football starters against Louisville is rapidly fading. The first unit offensive line is set. Same for the running back and the receivers. The front seven on defense is set. […]Alabama Football: Tuesday practice edged closer to set starters - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Alabama Football: Three unknowns in the Crimson Tide – Louisville matchup

Alabama football opens the season against Louisville with both teams facing unknowns. Let’s consider how three of those unknowns may play out. Almost no one in the college football world believes Louisville will seriously challenge Alabama football. Even with the game predicted to be one-sided, the Crimson Tide will challenge itself to play up to a […]Alabama Football: Three unknowns in the Crimson Tide – Louisville matchup - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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10 teams most likely to reach the College Football Playoff

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Grey Papke  |  Last updated 8/27/18

The college football season is upon us, and expectations vary per team. Only a select few programs have a realistic shot of reaching the College Football Playoff. For some schools, it will be a disappointing season if they don’t achieve that goal.

There are a dozen or so teams that will really believe they have the team and the favorable climate they need to challenge for the playoff, but only four teams can actually make it in. Here are ten that will have the best chance of doing just that.

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10) Michigan

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Lane Kiffin defends Nick Saban against ‘cheating’ allegation

Oct 1, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffen prior to the game against Kentucky Wildcats at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Lane Kiffin loves to troll Nick Saban and take jabs at his former boss, but this time he decided to come to the Alabama coach’s defense.

A CBS Sports poll asked coaches to identify the most overrated and underrated coaches. One coach called Saban overrated and even said that he cheats.

“If you had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country every year [you’d win like Nick Saban]. He shows up at every single game with a better roster than the teams he ‘s playing. … If you count cheating and getting the best players in the country as part of running a program, he’s the best in the country. It’s like saying an NFL coach is the best coach in the league if he gets 25 first-round picks every year,” one coach said about Saban, according to the poll.

Kiffin was asked about that allegation during an interview with Colin Cowherd and tore it apart. Instead, he attributed Saban’s success in recruiting to his work ethic.

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Ex-Alabama QB Blake Barnett wins USF starting job

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Larry Brown  |  Last updated 8/23/18

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Alabama Football: SEC coaches value more UGA players than Tide players

Alabama football came in second to Georgia in the number of players named to the Coaches Preseason All-SEC team. The Tide had 10 selections to 12 for UGA. Should Alabama football fans feel slighted the SEC coaches value more Bulldogs than Crimson Tiders? More importantly, should Alabama football players be offended? It is best to not […]Alabama Football: SEC coaches value more UGA players than Tide players - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Alabama Football: Training Days, Episode 3 hits a wall

The third installment of ESPN’s Training Days: Rolling with the Tide follows the Alabama football team through a grueling week of fall camp. The opening shot of Training Days catches a weary-looking Nick Saban during practice as his Alabama football squad seems to have reached a breaking point. To further illustrate this, ESPN shows him wiping his […]Alabama Football: Training Days, Episode 3 hits a wall - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Alabama Football: Good news from fall camp session No. 17

The Alabama football team worked outside in full pads again on Wednesday. Najee Harris appeared to be close to returning to practice action. For those Alabama football fans wondering exactly how many shotgun snaps Jalen and Tua took from Ross Piersbacher, our report may be lacking. There was no new practice information (same as Monday […]Alabama Football: Good news from fall camp session No. 17 - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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College football opening week preview

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College football is back. Like Herm Edwards back. Like Chip Kelly back. And while this first week’s slate of games is short, just four tantalizing morsels of collegiate gridiron goodness, it still marks the beginning of all that is good in the world. People like to call it “Week Zero” and say it doesn’t really count, but it does, especially to the eight teams kicking off. Just ask newly minted Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren.

Here’s everything you need to know heading into the first weekend of college football.

Duquesne at UMass – If you like offense, then this is the game for you. The Duquesne Dukes, coached by Jerry Schmitt, boast a balanced offense despite breaking in a relatively new quarterback. Like most coaches, Schmitt is being coy about naming a starter but has narrowed it down to junior Brett Brumbaugh and redshirt junior FAU transfer Daniel Parr. Running back A.J. Hines will take some of the pressure off the new QB — Hines topped 1,000 yards last season and had 10 touchdowns despite playing in just nine games. Unfortunately for the Minutemen, UMass doesn’t have a particularly strong run defense — it allowed 197.9 yards per game last season. The secondary will carry the defense, but the offense will carry the team. It is led by underrated QB Andrew Ford, who has more than 5,500 passing yards and 48 touchdowns in the last two season. But the Dukes have experience on the road and a solid offense that will test UMass’ defense up front.

Prairie View A&M at Rice – This game has “feel-good” written all over it for the Rice Owls. The program has been shrouded in optimism this offseason with the hire of former Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren. But the reality of a rebuild is that it takes time. But if anyone knows how to utilize wide receiver Aaron Cephus and his monster yardage, it’s Bloomgren. Prairie View A&M will test Rice’s offense with a defense that boasts both size and speed and gained depth this offseason thanks to the transfer well, expertly utilized by new head coach Eric Dooley. Offensively, the Panthers lost their leading rusher and top three receivers, meaning new gamers will need to emerge. Prairie View may have the juice, coming off three straight wins to end last season, but Rice is just more physical and athletic. Look for the Owls to dominate despite the inevitable growing pains.

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Alabama Football: The best opposing players to test the Tide this season

The 2018 Alabama football schedule might be a tad weaker than normal but the Tide will face some of the nation’s best players in the regular season. Based on the recent AP preseason list of All Americans, Alabama football will compete against six of the nation’s best players in the regular season. Using the All […]Alabama Football: The best opposing players to test the Tide this season - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Alabama Football: Position groups solidfying in camp sesssion No. 16

It was back to work as normal for the Alabama football team Tuesday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide worked outside in full pads. After a lighter practice on Monday, Alabama football returned to normal on Tuesday. Normal means full pads, heat and hitting. There are only four fall camp sessions left before the transition to […]Alabama Football: Position groups solidfying in camp sesssion No. 16 - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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10 under-the-radar Heisman Trophy contenders in 2018

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The college football world typically has a good understanding of Heisman Trophy contenders. Sometimes, though, an unexpected candidate emerges.

Last season, Arizona’s Khalil Tate, Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor were among the breakout sensations. When the season began, nobody expected them to contend for the award.

Nevertheless, a couple of quarterbacks and running backs will always stand out. Where might they come from in 2018?

While we’d love to suggest a defensive player could surprise and shoot up Heisman lists, that’s not likely. In the last three top-10s of Heisman voting, 27 of the 30 players have been either a quarterback or running back.

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Ranking the 10 best offenses in college football

The explosion of spread offenses has transformed college football in recent years. Not surprisingly, the majority of offensive attacks that figure to be the best in 2018 center their tactics around the revolutionary schematics.

Each spread team has its own unique wrinkles, although some offenses have more of a traditional, pro-style system at their foundation, with spread concepts sprinkled in.

Here is a look at the 10 best offenses that figure to light up plenty of scoreboards this coming season.

10. Washington Huskies

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Alabama football scrimmage: Injuries, offense explodes, questions on defense

The second and last Alabama football scrimmage of fall camp resulted in more questions than answers. Nick Saban came away none too happy. Across the college football landscape, the buzz about Saturday’s Alabama football scrimmage will be the post-game use of a crude expletive by Nick Saban. For Alabama football fans that might be good. […]Alabama football scrimmage: Injuries, offense explodes, questions on defense - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Nick Saban talks with the media following Alabama's second scrimmage

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Nick Saban has hilarious quote about Alabama’s injury woes

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Nick Saban offered up an unintentionally hilarious quote his team’s unfortunate injury issues.

Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide lost another player to injury. The Bama coach announced on Saturday that linebacker Chris Allen is out for the season. Allen was expected to be a top backup. The Tide also lost linebacker Terrell Lewis over the summer to a torn ACL. On top of that, right tackle Matt Womack is likely to miss 4-6 weeks with a foot injury.

Though everyone expects Alabama to still be No. 1 despite the injuries, Saban says the injuries add up and it’s not so easy to replace players. Only he said it in a funny and colorful way.

“You all just think that every time something happens, we just s— another player…” Saban said.

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Nick Saban offers salty, legendary quote about mounting injuries

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The Alabama football program under Nick Saban has a seemingly unstoppable flow of NFL-caliber players coming through on a yearly basis. Yet injuries take their toll on the Crimson Tide, just like any other program.

On Saturday, Saban announced that yet another top-tier player, linebacker Chris Allen, was going to miss the season.

Then when asked about the mounting injuries, per Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News, he retorted with a colorful, legendary quote we’ll censor a bit for you: “You all think that every time something happens, we just s— another player…”

It might seem like that’s the case. After all, no matter how many injuries hit the Crimson Tide, it’s hard to remember a time in recent history that this program wasn’t vying for a championship before sending multiple players to the NFL, where they were first-round picks.

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Saban rants about player injuries

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Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts warm up in the rain for Alabama scrimmage

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Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts and Alabama's receivers warm up in Bryant-Denny Stadium before the Aug. 18, 2018 scrimmage.

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