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Analyzing Crimson, White rosters ahead of A-Day

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Alabama released the Crimson and White team rosters ahead of A-Day, and they are as follows:

A few notes:

Mac Jones and Taulia Tagovailoa are both on the White team. At this stage, it’s close to a dead heat between those two for the primary backup job. Paul Tyson is on the Crimson team with Tua Tagovailoa.DJ Dale is on the White team alongside Raekwon Davis and LaBryan Ray. Phidarian Mathis is on the Crimson team, which suggests that Dale has indeed emerged as the frontrunner in the middle as a true freshman.Saban mentioned in his last press conference that he wanted to put one of what he considers four starters at WR on the White team, and that turned out to be Jaylen Waddle. Seeing Waddle alongside Xavier Williams offers a glimpse of the future.Will Reichard is on the White team and listed only as a PK. Mike Bernier is listed as the White team punter despite reportedly entering the transfer portal. Joseph Bulovas and Skyler DeLong man those respective positions for the Crimson team.

Everything else is about what you’d expect and what has been observed throughout camp. Should be a great time.

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UPDATES: 2019 Alabama A-Day: What to Watch - Recruiting Visitors

We have already given you a few tips on what to watch for on A-Day for the offense and defense. You should also be looking for a few other VIPs, and not just Laura Rutledge. Several recruits are scheduled to be at Bryant-Denny on Saturday. The most important of these are 5-star WR Julian Fleming and 5-star WkDE/OLB Reggie Grimes Jr.

5-STARS

Fleming is the top receiver for 2020 and No. 5 overall player. He hails from the tiny burgh of Catawissa, PA. He was also in T-town for A-Day a year ago but this visit will be an official one. Being from a small town with a population of around 1500, I get the feeling he sadly will go to Penn State. It’s interesting to note that his QB last season, Stone Hollenbach, is (preferred) walking on at Alabama this fall.

Grimes is a name many Crimson Tide fans should be familiar with. His father of the same name was a standout defensive lineman for Alabama in the late 1990s. His mother ran track for the Crimson Tide. He is from Mount Juliet outside of Nashville where dad grew up as well.

OTHER 2020

Other rising seniors scheduled to be in attendance:

Jacobian Guillory, 4-star DT, Alexandria, LA - The signature for the No. 145 player looks like another classic showdown between Alabama and LSU.

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Roll ‘Bama Roll Podcast: Ep. 10 — A-Day Preview and Things to Watch

All week we’ve previewed what to watch for tomorrow’s A-Day. Today, we wrap that up and give you even more bonus ‘Bama action with a preview of the A-Day Game as well as some additional areas to pay attention to as the Tide completes its Spring camp.

But first, we’re sending an invite to you all to join us for some food and frivolity at Druid City Brewing in Tuscaloosa on Saturday before the game. So, if you are in town, stop on by and say hello, and have some boudin.

In this week’s episode:

We preview the Crimson Tide vs Crimson Tide matchup on SaturdayThe depth and talent of the secondary unit overall and who to watch forThe main concern for this year’s team: Inside Linebacker and who to keep an eye onSpecial teams units, and why one of them has our hopes upThat phenomenal young defensive lineAlso: The week that was in basketball. The return of Kira. Trendon Watford watch. Recruiting. And updated expectations.As an added bonus, you may or may not hear some Duron Carter and Ben Davis folklore in this episode....Assuming those guys actually exist.

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2019 Alabama A-Day Game Information and Crowdsource Open Thread

The Game:

1:00 Central, ESPN2 and available for streaming on ESPN+
Stats livestream via Sidearm Sports, if you can’t watch
Saturday, April 13 2019
Bryant Denny Stadium
Admission: Free. But you can be all fancy and get a field suite or other upgrade here.

Transit and Parking:

Traffic is a disaster between the never-ending construction (where workers may turn a spade once every two weeks), Tuscaloosa’s outsized population for its infrastructure, and 90,000 new guests. Just be prepared for that. Here is a map of all the road closures. Roadblocks around campus begin at 10:00 a.m. local.

Gameday Disability Lots 2 and 3 are closed. However, Disability Lot 1 (Wallace Wade) and Lot 4 (Campus Dr. Deck) are first-come, first-serve and are free.

Other public parking is also first-come, first-serve and is free on campus. Parking map is here. But, you can pay for reserved parking at the South Ten Hoor lot — $20. That’s worth it, IYAM, since the game is free. Given the snarl of traffic around campus and downtown, you may be better served taking the Crimson Shuttle.

Per the University, re: RVs:

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In-state LB enjoys return trip to T-Town

Alabama 2021 target Dylan Brooks returned to campus on Saturday for the second time since picking up an offer. He breaks down the trip with BamaOnLine.

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Notebook: Young ILBs, QBs still need work after second scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- After Alabama’s first spring scrimmage a week ago, Nick Saban said “we have a lot of work to do” regarding the inside linebackers and their mental errors on the field.

Outside of rising junior Dylan Moses, the position group needed some work. So, along with the Crimson Tide’s defensive line, Saban and company moved some players around this week resulting in more consistency in the practices following Scrimmage 1, the head coach believed.

With the focus on the inside linebackers the last week -- and really throughout spring practice -- Saban was asked what he saw from the younger defenders during Saturday’s second scrimmage.

“I saw some guys flying around,” Saban said. “I saw some guys miss some tackles. I didn’t feel like we tackled really well, especially the second team. First team did a pretty good job. But people weren’t running their feet on contact, trying to cut tackle, trying to butt people to the ground. And I think they’re finding out that if they don’t tackle them correctly they’re not going to get them on the ground, not when you play against good players.

“So, I think there was improvement there, but certainly the whole idea of playing defense is to tackle the guy with the ball. So, you can do everything right, but if you don’t tackle the guy with the ball, that’s why you’re out there.”

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If the AAF Folds, Did Trent Richardson Do Enough To Warrant Another NFL Look?

The shortlived season of the AAF helped some get a second look and it showed why some won’t be back in the NFL. Where did Trent Richardson come in?

Photo: Touchdown Alabama Magazine

By: Larry Burton

If the AAF does indeed succumb to financial difficulties and the league plays no more, several players did enough to warrant another NFL look. Some are still question marks and some were just abject failures. The question is, where did Trent Richardson land in his quest to earn another shot?

Except for a first week silly penalty for spiking a ball that then went off the field, he kept himself in check, didn’t draw other silly penalties, didn’t have off field drama as he had before, was a good team player and respectful to coaches, so his demeanor showed he has matured a bit since his last stint in the NFL.

He also proved that he was the most reliable back in the AAF on third or fourth and short and in a goal line get those last few yards kind of back. He led the league in touchdowns and doubled the second place runner’s numbers. For short yardage, he became Mr. Automatic. Surely some team is looking for a back like that.

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Alabama Baseball Wins South Carolina Series

The Crimson Tide baseball team won their first SEC series of the year, taking two out of three games from South Carolina this weekend. The series was scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but due to rain the teams played a day-night double header on Friday and a single game on Saturday. The Tide used outstanding pitching to win both games on Friday, and lost a heartbreaker on Saturday in 12 innings by a 5-4 score. Sam Finnerty pitched an absolute gem in the first game as the Tide won 9-0, and Brock Love stared on the mound in game two, a 4-1 win.

Game One: Won 9-0

The story of the game was senior right hander Sam Finnerty. “Fin” pitched the first complete game of the year for the Tide, a sparkling 79 pitch, four-hit shutout. Finnerty struck out five, and walked none, and was in control from beginning to end.

The Tide jumped out early with three runs in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI single by Morgan McCullough and a two run double from Brett Auerbach. Bama put the game away in the second on another RBI single by McCullough and a long grand slam home run off the bat of Tyler Gentry. The round tripper was Gentry’s team leading sixth of the year. Bama only scored once more, a single run in the third, on a blast off the top of the scoreboard by freshman T.J. Reeves, his fourth of the year.

Finnerty stayed on cruise control, never throwing more than 14 pitches in any one inning, the fifth. The caveat to that is he struck out all three batters that frame. Only once did the Gamecocks have three balls on a batter. Finnerty gave up a one out single in the ninth, but got a 6-4-3 double play to end the game. With the win Finnerty improved to 5-3 on the season. Fifty-nine of Finnerty’s 79 pitches were for strikes. Daniel Lloyd allowed all nine runs for SC in three innings and suffered the loss, dropping to 2-3 on the year.

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Breaking down Tide’s five-man race at free safety for 2019

Alabama football held its second scrimmage on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium and according to sources, the defensive secondary played much better. 

After not recording an interception in the first live action exhibition, the Crimson Tide’s back five recorded seven picks. Despite it having more depth in the secondary, Nick Saban wants consistency from this group as it looks to return to the “No Fly Zone” personality it developed from 2015-17 under assistant coaches Mel Tucker, Jeremy Pruitt and Derrick Ansley. 

Xavier McKinney returns as the man at strong safety; however, there is a five-man race for the position opposite him. Jared Mayden, a senior, has been doing well throughout spring practice yet Daniel Wright, Eddie Smith and two freshmen – DeMarcco Hellams and Jordan Battle – are trying to pass him up.

Mayden finished last season with 18 tackles, with one coming for loss. 

In Saturday’s airing of In My Own Words, Stephen Smith of Touchdown Alabama Magazine dives into the race for free safety and breaks down each player. 

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Freshman DL playing with “maturity” in spring practice for Alabama

Photo comes from D.J. Dale's twitter

For Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, his words of consistency, effort, having a strong mentality and good preparation skills have taken an effect on some of the younger players. 

D.J. Dale – a freshman defensive lineman — is one of those guys that is not just buying in, but he’s also playing with a sense of confidence. The four-star from Clay-Chalkville High School (Pinson, Ala.) was one of six big men signed in the Crimson Tide’s 2019 recruiting class. 

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 314 pounds, Dale brings exceptional size, quick feet and strong hands to the nose guard position. Along with being listed at No. 179 on the ESPN 300 and earning Class 6A first team All-State honors as a junior in 2018, Dale strikes as a player in Saban’s mind who has the commitment, drive and passion to be either excellent or elite on the field for Alabama football. 

Prior to the second scrimmage on Saturday, sources confirmed with Touchdown Alabama Magazine on how Dale has been the “most consistent” lineman out of the young guys. 

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Everything Nick Saban said after second spring scrimmage

ByCharlie Potter 20 hours ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban spoke to reporters during a press conference following the Crimson Tide's second spring scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Below is everything Saban said in his sixth press conference of the spring.

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Alabama freshman DL works with first-team defense in Scrimmage 2

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- An Alabama true freshman worked with the ones on defense Saturday.

The Crimson Tide returned to Bryant-Denny Stadium for its second of three spring scrimmages, and according to head coach Nick Saban, defensive lineman DJ Dale received first-team reps.

“DJ is playing some with the ones at nose,” said Saban following the two-hour, 135-play spring scrimmage. “He’s got good initial quickness, good power, strikes, seems to be pretty conscientious, shows a little maturity about being able to go out there and do his job.”

Dale joined the Alabama football program prior to the team’s appearance in the College Football Playoff. A 4-star recruit out of Pinson, Ala., was the nation’s 18th-ranked defensive tackle and No. 9 player in the state of Alabama for the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite.

The Clay-Chalkville High School product has received rave reviews for his efforts on the field this spring, including the first two scrimmages. But the hype didn’t begin when the Tide started its spring practice schedule last month. Soon-to-be NFL draft pick Quinnen Williams showered the early enrollee with praise when he announced his decision to declare for the 2019 draft.

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NCAA Tournament Final Four: TV Schedule and Open Thread

The 2019 college basketball season concludes in the biggest spectacle of the sport called the “Final Four”. 353 schools began the season hoping to raise the trophy in early April. 68 teams entered the tournament last month and only four remain. Two games will be played on Saturday with the winners facing off on Monday night. All three games will ridiculously take place at the cavernous U.S. Bank Stadium - home of the Minnesota Vikings - in Minneapolis, MN. There should be plenty of crappy seats to go around.

Virginia vs. Auburn
Sat Apr. 6, 5:09pm CT
CBS
UVA -5.5, O/U 130.5

Virginia Cavaliers (33-3)

For those of you uninitiated to the customs of Virginia, let me introduce you to the U-V-A Chant:

There is also the Wahoowa Chant:

WAHOOWA, WAHOOWA UNI-V, VIR-GIN-I-A
HOO-RAH-RAY, HOO-RAH-RAY RAY! RAY! U-V-A!

Auburn Tigers (30-9)

Unless you prefer to have yourself mocked into oblivion so badly that you have to deactivate your Twitter account, you will not be rooting for Auburn in any capacity. If you wish to say a little prayer that nobody gets physically injured, that is okay. Beyond that, no. And to your rebuttal in the comments section, let me stop you right here. No.

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Alabama Football Scrimmage #2 Update: Injury Scare, QB Reports & DJ Dale Making a Move

Alabama held their second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. The biggest news of the day was the injury of offensive lineman Jedrick Wills. In his press conference following the scrimmage, Nick Saban reported “Jedrick Wills sprained his ankle today. We don’t know the extent of the injury. We’re doing an MRI. He didn’t come back - we didn’t expect him to come back. We wouldn’t let him come back. So, we’ll see what the deal is when we do our MRI and all that probably on Monday. But no other significant injuries to report.”

There was some early speculation that it was an Achille’s injury. However with Saban saying they “wouldn’t let him come back,” it sounds like Wills wanted to return to the scrimmage. Hopefully, this is a sign that the injury is not as severe as it could be.

After Wills went out, Matt Womack slid over to tackle and Emil Ekiyor took Womack’s place at guard.

(Second Team) Quarterback Controversy?

Saban liked what he saw from both first teams, offense and defense, but was not so pleased with the second teams.

There were reports that backup quarterback Mac Jones had a rough day, throwing four picks. Saban commented that some of the interceptions (not specifying whose) were “off of peoples hands, tipped balls” and “not all the quarterback’s fault.” While others were “not as good a decisions as we’d like.” Tua Tagovailoa, who threw a pair himself, had a ball picked off by Jared Mayden that walk-on tight end Giles Amos let go through his hands.

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Saban On Players Going Out Early For NFL Draft

“Well, yeah.” That could have been the answer Alabama Coach Nick Saban gave following the Crimson Tide’s second scrimmage of spring football practice Saturday. He had talked about the number of young players working with the team – including 15 true freshmen who were early enrollees from the 2019 signing class -- and the need for those players to develop in order to build depth.

“It’s a work in progress,” the coach said in pointing out that many of them have not yet reached that level. “We’re going to keep working with them to try to get them where they need to be.” 

A few minutes later Saban was asked if the loss of seven 2018 juniors – men who could have returned for a senior season but who elected to go into the NFL draft pool – makes a difference in spring practice. 

Quinnen Williams made good decision to go out early for NFL draft (Photo: Stuart McNair, 247Sports)

In the past Saban has said that he makes every effort to get good information on “draft grades” for his players to determine if it is a good decision for them to go into the draft. Some are not hard to judge. For instance, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and offensive tackle Jonah Williams are considered to be high first round selections. Some of the others will be, too, if the mock drafts are accurate.

Others who have departed early are running back Josh Jacobs, tight end Irv Smith, safety Deionte Thompson, linebacker Mack Wilson, and cornerback Savion Smith.

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Breaking: Starting Right Tackle Jedrick Wills Suffers Sprained Ankle

via: Marvin Gentry USA Today Sports

During Nick Saban’s post-scrimmage press conference, it was confirmed that starting right tackle Jedrick Wills had suffered a sprained ankle today. Saban did not elaborate when the injury occurred during the team’s second scrimmage of the spring.

”We don’t know the extent of it,” said Saban. “We did an MRI. He didn’t come back.”

Wills started every game at right tackle for the crimson tide last season. The injury will be one which the team monitors closely.

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Starting OL injured in Alabama's second spring scrimmage

ByCharlie Potter 22 hours ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- One of Alabama’s offensive starters sustained an injury Saturday.

Right tackle Jedrick Wills suffered an ankle injury early on in the Crimson Tide’s second scrimmage of the spring at Bryant-Denny Stadium and did not return to the field. Nick Saban explained why.

“Jedrick Wills sprained his ankle today,” Saban said in a press conference. “We don’t know the extent of the injury. We’re doing an MRI. He didn’t come back -- we didn’t expect him to come back. We wouldn’t let him come back. So, we’ll see what the deal is when we do our MRI and all that probably on Monday. But no other significant injuries to report.”

Wills has 16 career starts to his name, including all 15 games as a sophomore. He led the team with 50 knockdown blocks, allowed just one sack this season and surrendered only one hit on the quarterback in 2018. Last year, Wills earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for efforts in the classroom and was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Missouri.

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Photos: Day 12 of spring practice

ByDenon McMillan 22 hours ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Day 12 of spring brings us back to Bryant-Denny Stadium for Alabama's second scrimmage.

Check out photos from today's practice session.

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Instant Analysis: Saturday

ByTravis Reier 23 hours ago

Since 2008, BamaOnLine.com's Instant Analysis has been a staple of Crimson Tide football coverage. That won't change in 2019, as we'll continue to provide Alabama fans with insight and interaction fresh from Tuscaloosa via Facebook Live.

As for items we touched on during the latest edition of IA, they included:

* Pre-scrimmage notes.

* Interior offensive line competition. 

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WATCH: Bama readies for second scrimmage

Go inside Bryant-Denny Stadium to watch the Crimson Tide get ready for its second scrimmage of 2019 spring drills!

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