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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa explains ‘transfer’ comments

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa explained his recent comments in which he revealed that he “would transfer out” had he not played in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

“I kind of got the wrong end when I seen it on ESPN,” Tagovailoa told Simone Eli of CBS 42 in Birmingham. “I think they most definitely took it out of context saying if I didn’t play I would’ve left and whatnot. And I think sometimes if you don’t stick it in, like what I said, if you don’t stick it in, if you just keep giving up, you won’t see the end result and what God has prepared, which is the blessing. I don’t think I would’ve experienced it if I left.

“I was talking about Fourth Quarter (Program) more-so. When we’re doing the first day of Fourth Quarter, I wanted to leave; I called my dad, I called back home and I told him I wanted to go to USC … After our running, I come back to the dorm that night after tutoring and I call my dad and I tell him, ‘Dad, we’ve got to go. I can’t do this.’ I mean, if I just didn’t stick it in through that whole time during Fourth Quarter, during spring ball, during camp and then during the season, I don’t think me and you would’ve been here talking right now.”

Tagovailoa was speaking to middle schoolers in Hawaii earlier this week when he revealed that he considered transferring and contacted his father wondering if he still had a scholarship offer from USC, according to Hawaii News Now’s Taryn Hatcher.

The former 5-star quarterback spent the majority of his freshman season behind former starter Jalen Hurts prior to taking over during the second half of the national championship.

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2018 will be a transition year for SEC football, mostly due to Nick Saban

For SEC football, 2018 will a season of transition for many teams and the person most responsible for this state of flux is Nick Saban. Not since Paul Bryant has a single coach wielded such influence over SEC football as does Nick Saban. Across the league landscape, careers are diminished and derailed by being in competition with […]2018 will be a transition year for SEC football, mostly due to Nick Saban - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Rain can’t stop the Tide: Alabama breezes into winner’s bracket

It’s been an odd regional in Tuscaloosa, so far: television delays, rain and lightning strikes, and then a series of largely noncompetitive games greeted Alabama fans in Rhoads Stadium this weekend. Only one game in the entire regional has been decided by fewer than five runs.

And it hasn’t matter a bit to the Crimson Tide or its faithful fans.

No. 19 Alabama came into its host regional sporting the nation’s 12th-best RPI, and just at .500 in conference play. Despite the sometimes up-and-down season and the spotty record (for Alabama,) the Crimson Tide were much improved down the stretch, coming into postseason play on bit of a hot streak. And, it turns out, that conference record has becomes more impressive as the postseason continues: All 13 SEC teams made NCAA regionals, and nine teams actually hosted their own regional. As of this writing, 12 teams are still alive going into Sunday play. The loser? Auburn, an a FSU walk-off, inside-the-park home-run (LOL.)

Alabama, hosting its 14th straight regional, picked up where it left off in the SEC tournament: the bats have been active, and the pitching has been dominant.

Saturday’s 36th straight regional home win — a span that has lasted 11 full seasons — was absolutely vintage Tide:

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NCAA Regional: Alabama Softball Run-Rules Wisconsin 9-1

For the second straight game, Alabama Softball encountered a lightning delay. Fortunately, it also was the second-straight game that Alabama run-ruled their opponent, defeating Wisconsin 9-1. Alabama softball now advances to the Regional Championship game, Sunday afternoon. In the third inning Saturday, Alabama softball brought in three runs before Wisconsin scored one of their own. […]NCAA Regional: Alabama Softball Run-Rules Wisconsin 9-1 - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa receives parade in hometown

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was honored with a parade in his hometown of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, on Saturday, according to Simone Eli of CBS 42 in Birmingham, Ala.

Eli shared several photos and videos of Tagovailoa at the event via Twitter, which can be viewed below:

Tagovailoa was named the Offensive MVP of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game after replacing starting quarterback Jalen Hurts during Alabama’s first possession of the second half.

The freshman threw 3 touchdown passes, including a 41-yard game-winner to DeVonta Smith in overtime in a 26-23 win over Georgia. Tagovailoa finished 14 of 24 for 166 yards with an interception and added 27 rushing yards.

 

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Watch Tua Tagovailoa honor Alabama teammates, family & friends during hometown celebration in Hawaii

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Saban as Thanos

Nick saban as Thanos
 If college football was infinity war, then Nick Saban must be the evil powerful Thanos.  Druid City Brewing Company co-owner Bo Hicks and artist Rich Marcks brought up this vision.  Pretty cool!
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AJ McCarron already among Alabama’s most successful NFL quarterbacks

Alabama’s all-time NFL quarterback class is a peculiar case study. On one hand, the Crimson Tide have produced three Pro Football Hall of Fame passers: Bart Starr, Joe Namath and Ken Stabler. On the other, there’s a surprisingly short list of total names, and few who made any sort of noticeable impact on the league. Look no further than this stat, which Alabama critics constantly cited until a couple years ago.

The man who snapped that bizarre streak, AJ McCarron, is still active and expected to start for the Buffalo Bills this season. He is the rare Alabama quarterback — since the 1970s, at least — who has a strong chance to make his mark as a professional.

Despite only starting three career games thus far, McCarron is already among the most successful pro quarterbacks from Alabama. His two career wins are tied for sixth, all-time, among alumni, and his career completion percentage (64.7) and passer rating (93.6) are the best of any ex-Tide signal-caller.

In short: The bar for relevance is low. Here’s a closer look at how former Alabama passers rank in terms of NFL success.

NOTE: Harry Gilmer played in 76 career games, but the NFL does not list his official total of started games at quarterback, and is missing numbers in a few other categories. Most, but not all, of Gilmer’s career totals are represented below.

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NCAA Regional: Alabama Softball Run-Rules Middle Tennessee 8-0

Alabama softball got the Tuscaloosa Regional started with a bang, run-ruling Middle Tennessee 8-0 in six innings. The explosive potential of the Alabama softball team was unleashed late Friday night, making the Tide a threat for any team. After a delay from the previous game going to extras and some lightning in the area, Alabama […]NCAA Regional: Alabama Softball Run-Rules Middle Tennessee 8-0 - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Proof Alabama football plays the toughest schedules among Power 5 teams

Alabama football is continually challenged for playing too many weak teams. In fact, among the top Power Five teams, the Tide plays more tough games than any other program. Last season was not an exception with its repeated question, “who has Alabama played.” The fallacious contention Alabama football schedules don’t measure up to other Power […]Proof Alabama football plays the toughest schedules among Power 5 teams - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Scout's Take: How ESPN 300 DT Alfano fits at Alabama

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Alabama's top-ranked 2019 class got stronger Friday with the addition of ESPN 300 DT Antonio Alfano. Here's how this talented Jersey product will help the Crimson Tide's front.

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Former Alabama QB Blake Barnett reveals he had blood transfusion during time with Tide

Former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett revealed that he underwent a blood transfusion in 2015 during his true freshman season with the Tide in an exclusive interview with CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee.

“I had half the amount of blood in my system than I was supposed to,” Barnett said via Sallee. “They immediately checked me into the ER. They did two blood transfusions, an iron transfusion, and I had to have four tests done on me in a matter of two days. I lost about 20 pounds from the medical issues and lost about another week of practice time after that. When I came back, I went straight back to the scout team.”

According to Barnett, team doctors discovered “a small cut in his small intestine” that led to internal bleeding and dropped his red blood cell to seven, half the normal amount.

The Crimson Tide staff initially reported Barnett’s condition as an “illness,” although the quarterback revealed that he underwent “multiple blood transfusions” during his time at the hospital via his Instagram and Snapchat accounts.

The former No. 2 overall pro-style quarterback prospect told Sallee that he attempted to practice through pain in his midsection in order to compete for playing time before eventually being evaluated by team doctors.

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With Antonio Alfano committed, who will be next addition to Alabama’s defensive line?

Alabama is off to an excellent recruiting start, and you should expect the Crimson Tide to continue their success. SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day each weekday. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.

What’s next for defensive line recruiting after Antonio Alfano‘s decision? 

Alabama landed a major commitment on Friday when 4-star defensive end Antonio Alfano committed to the Crimson Tide over Georgia and Penn State. Alfano (Colonia, N.J.) became the Tide’s third defensive line commitment in the 2019 class, joining 4-star defensive tackle Rashad Cheney Jr. and 4-star nose guard DJ Dale.

With so many elite defensive linemen strongly considering Alabama, I think the Tide will land at least six prospects across the line this class.

Who is next for the Tide on the defensive line? Here are the players Alabama is heavily pursuing:

Ishmael Sopsher is a top priority for Alabama. Sopsher took numerous trips to Tuscaloosa when sophomore wide receiver DeVonta Smith was going through his recruitment, so he is familiar with Tuscaloosa.

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How big is Alabama’s home-and-home series with Texas?

A-Day and spring practice are behind us, but there are still plenty of questions to answer about Alabama football. The players are away from the team to focus on finishing classes, recovering and personal development before summer workouts begin. Here we’ll take a look at a question each day. Check out our archives here.

Honestly, this series is huge for Alabama football, Texas and college football in general. Texas may not be the powerhouse it once was under Mack Brown, but a lot can change in five years. The Crimson Tide and the Longhorns are two of the most recognizable brands in the sport, so there will be a ton of hype around this game.

Credit goes to Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne, Nick Saban, Texas’ athletic department and everyone else involved for making this official.

The first meeting will take place in Austin on Sept. 10, 2022. Texas makes the trip to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9, 2023.

By all accounts, Austin is one of the top cities in the country so there should be plenty for Alabama fans to do when they make the trip.

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RECRUITING UPDATE: Alabama Earns Commit from 4-Star DL

The Crimson Tide has once again ranged to the far reaches of the United States and captured the heart of a Top 100 player. New Jersey native Antonio Alfano made his pledge to Alabama on Friday.

As has been well-documented here among the pages of RBR, Alabama has had some good luck with the fertile Mid-Atlantic States as of late. Alfano’s hometown of Colonia, Woodbridge Township, NJ is a neighboring township to Minkah Fitzpatrick’s hometown of Old Bridge, NJ.

The newest Tide commit made an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa on April 13, followed soon after by trips to UGA and Penn State. He is 6’4” 285 and his coach believes his star defender could get bigger. Alfano mostly plays defensive tackle for his high school team but likely projects as a defensive end at Bama.

Alfano chose Alabama over Penn State with Georgia pulling in a distant third. The Tide has Josh Gattis to thank for this recruitment. The two had met on the recruiting trail while Gattis was at Penn State, and they have strengthened the bond since the Tide wide receivers coach made the move to Tuscaloosa.

“Alabama was an awesome visit. I had a great time there. I had some time to hang out with the players and got some good quality time with the coaches. I talked to coach Saban, the defensive coordinator, and coach Gattis. Him being there made a bit of a difference because he’s been in contact with me a lot more since he’s been down there. The visit went really well because coach Gattis was there and we could relate a little more because he knows New Jersey.”

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BREAKING: Alabama beats out Georgia and Penn State for nation’s No. 5 DE Antonio Alfano

Antonio Alfano is one of the biggest freaks in the 2019 class across the defensive line.

At the New Jersey Opening regional camp last month, Alfano posted a 4.82-second 40-yard dash, had a 36.6-inch vertical jump, ran a 4.27-second shuttle and threw the power ball 46 feet. His SPARQ rating of 124.80 is the nation’s 12th-best score and the best score overall for someone over 250 pounds.

Of the nation’s best SPARQ ratings, only one high school football player weighing more than 250 pounds is in the top 75: Alfano.

He is committed to Alabama. Alfano, a 4-star defensive end from Colonia (N.J.) High School, committed to the Crimson Tide over Georgia and Penn State during a ceremony at his school. Alfano becomes the Tide’s 13th commitment in the 2019 class, and Alabama still has the nation’s No. 1 class.

One of the biggest reasons Alfano, the nation’s No. 5 strongside defensive end, chose the Tide is the team’s ability to churn out NFL draft prospects and compete for national championships.

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Asil Mulbah, Syracuse recruiting director, to join Buffalo Bills' scouting department

May 18, 2018

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse's director of recruiting operations is leaving the Orange for a position with the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

Asil Mulbah announced on Instagram that has accepted a position in Buffalo's scouting department.

"Excited to announce that I have accepted a position in the Buffalo Bills Scouting Department," Mulbah wrote on the social media platform. "I'd like to thank Coach Babers, the SU football staff, and the players for an amazing two seasons filled with memories I will cherish for the rest of my life."

Hired in January 2016, Mulbah maintained Syracuse's recruiting database and assisted in creating plans to communicate with potential student-athletes via social media. He also monitored the academic progress of potential recruits.

Mulbah also has worked at Wake Forest and Bowling Green under coach Dave Clawson and was a scouting assistant with the Jaguars of the NFL. He played linebacker in college at Fordham.

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Alabama recruiting: Latest updates on Crimson Tide’s 2019 class

Alabama has laid the foundation for what should be a top-5 recruiting class in 2019. During the next few months, the coaching staff will attempt to keep some of the nation’s top prospects in the state and add championship-level talent to the roster.

The Tide’s 2019 recruiting class, which is up to 12 commitments, could have as many as 27 or 28 players come National Signing Day in February.

Each Friday, SEC Country will review the week that was in Alabama recruiting. That includes an overview of the current commitments, the top remaining targets and what could be in store next for the Tide.

Alabama recruiting: Where it ranks

Alabama’s 2019 class is ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 1 nationally, according to the 247Sports composite. All of the Tide’s 12 commitments are rated as 4-star prospects or higher. The team has one 5-star commit, tackle Pierce Quick.

Latest Alabama recruiting newsAlabama’s 2019 class commits5-star T Pierce Quick, Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)4-star LB Shane Lee, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)4-star QB Taulia Tagovailoa, Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)4-star LB King Mwikuta, Troup County (LaGrange, Ga.)4-star LB Kevin Harris, Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)4-star T Amari Kight, Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)4-star DT DJ Dale, Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.)4-star CB Christian Williams, Daphne (Ala.)4-star DB Brandon Turnage, Lafayette (Oxford, Miss.)4-star QB Paul Tyson, Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)4-star DL Rashad Cheney Jr., Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.)4-star T Tanner Bowles, Glasgow (Ky.)Top remaining Class of 2019 Alabama targetsRunning back: 5-star prospect Trey Sanders, 4-star prospects Jerrion Ealy (committed to Ole Miss), Keilan Robinson, Tyrion Davis (committed to LSU)Wide receiver: 4-star prospects John Metchie, Trey Palmer, Zion Puckett, Milton Wright, Jameson Williams, George Pickens (committed to Auburn)Tight end: 4-star prospects Hudson Henry, Keon ZippererOffensive line: 5-star center Clay Webb; 5-star tackles Darnell Wright, Kenyon Green, Devontae Dobbs; 3-star guard Kamaar BellDefensive line: 5-star defensive tackles Ishmael Sopsher, Faatui Tuitele; 4-star defensive ends Antonio Alfano, Nathan Pickering, Byron Young, Jaren HandyLinebacker: 5-star inside linebacker Nakobe Dean; 4-star inside linebackers Christian Harris, Lakia Henry, Kalen Deloach; 5-star Jack linebackers Kayvon Thibodeaux, Nolan Smith (committed to Georgia); 4-star Jack linebacker Derrick McClendon; 4-star Sam linebacker Lloyd Summerall; 4-star inside/outside linebacker Mohamoud DiabateDefensive back: 4-star cornerbacks Noa Pola-Gates, Jeffery Carter, Marcus Banks, Erick Young; 5-star safety Daxton Hill; 4-star safeties Jaylen McCollough, Nick CrossKicker: 3-star prospect Will ReichardPosition breakdown of Alabama’s 2019 commitsQB: 2 of 2RB: 0 of 1 OR 2WR: 0 of 2 OR 3TE: 0 of 1OL: 3 of 5DL: 2 of 5 OR 6LB: 3 of 5 OR 6DB: 2 of 4K: 0 of 1Geographic breakdown of Alabama’s 2019 commitsAlabama: 6 (Quick, Tagovailoa, Kight, Dale, Williams, Tyson)Georgia: 3 (Mwikuta, Cheney, Harris)Maryland: 1 (Lee)Kentucky: 1 (Bowles)Mississippi: 1 (Turnage)

NEXT USF officially announces the addition of former Alabama QB Blake Barnett

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Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting commit Antonio Alfano scouts take

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Alabama's top-ranked 2019 class got stronger Friday with the addition of ESPN 300 defensive tackle Antonio Alfano. Here's how this talented New Jersey product will help the Crimson Tide's front.

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Alabama Football: Tua Tagovailoa’s message was about sticking not quitting

When Alabama football quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa spoke to a group of Hawaii middle-schoolers, his message was about persevering in the face of adversity. Most of the coverage of Tua Tagovailoa speaking to students in Hawaii has centered on his inclination to leave Alabama football during last season. The information is accurate but somewhat misleading. Headlines and […]Alabama Football: Tua Tagovailoa’s message was about sticking not quitting - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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