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Alabama redshirt senior LB Jamey Mosley (shoulder) did not participate in Monday's practice.

Mosley (6'5/248) is on the recovery trail from a separated shoulder, with Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban saying of his prognosis, "I don't think this is a long term injury." The hope, here, is that the redshirt senior will be ready for Alabama's opener against Louisville on Sept. 1. He figures to see a rotational role behind Anfernee Jennings and Christian Miller during the coming season, at least once he's healthy enough to take the field. Last year, Mosley started three games and finished the campaign having registered 13 tackles.
Source: AL.com
Aug 14 - 12:13 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Najee Harris did not participate in Monday's practice due to a possible injury concern.

According to AL.com's Matt Zenitz, Harris may have been injured during Saturday's scrimmage, though Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban did not specifically mention the sophomore back when talking injuries following the aforementioned scrimmage. If there's anything serious in the works, here, Saban figures to address it during his press conference on Thursday. Consider Harris day-to-day at this juncture.
Source: AL.com
Aug 14 - 11:11 AM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard projects Alabama junior T Jonah Williams to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in his latest 2019 mock draft.

Ledyard has heard some describe Williams as "the best tackle in recent memory," but he disagreed, saying "The Alabama left tackle is technically polished and assignment-sound, but physically/athletically/violently he’s more Jake Matthews than Tyron Smith or Trent Williams." Despite the underwhelming comparison, Ledyard believes Williams is very "pro-ready" and will be a "plug-and-play" guy from the get-go.
Aug 13 - 6:30 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban told the media that freshman LB Brandon Kaho transferred from Washington to Alabama after he was unable to meet Washington’s admission requirements.

The rich get richer. Kaho, the No. 133 overall prospect and the No. 7 inside linebacker in the class of 2018, was allowed to pick any school he chose without restriction because he never enrolled at Washington. "I think, as I understand it, he was unable to get into school (Washington) for academic reasons because of their institutional policies, not because of NCAA rules," Saban said. "He could get into school at most other institutions. So, he had opportunities to go other places. He didn’t want to sit out and continue to take other classes so he could go to the school he signed at and we were one of the people that recruited him." Due to linebacker defections and injuries, depth at the position had become problematic for the Tide. Luckily, the universe, as it so often does, had Alabama's back again.
Source: AL.com
Aug 13 - 12:24 PM

The first set of rankings for the College Football Playoff will be released on Oct. 30 this season.

A spooky good time is guaranteed for all when the initial rankings are released the Tuesday evening before Halloween. They'll be put out every Tuesday through the end of November, with the crucial and final set to be birthed on Sunday, Dec. 2. As for who might be making the dance, in the first release of the Amway Coaches Poll last week, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia ranked as Nos. 1-4. Though there's obviously still much uncertainty in OSU's situation.
Aug 9 - 2:58 PM

247Sports' Blair Anguilo reports that Washington freshman LB Brandon Kaho transferred to Alabama.

The defending champions essentially had this one fall in their laps. Kaho (6'2/232) signed on with the Huskies as a four-star prospect over the winter, but his career with the program never truly got started, as he was only in Seattle for six weeks before leaving due to weighty family matters. He subsequently asked for his scholarship release, which was granted by Washington last week. Kaho is reportedly traveling to Tuscaloosa on Wednesday, after which he'll try to make up for lost ground in camp. He will be eligible to play immediately with the Crimson Tide this season, though we're not banking on his seeing significant snaps in this, his first year of collegiate ball. Coming out of high school, Kaho ranked as Rivals' No. 82 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 8 - 2:14 PM

The Reno Gazette Journal's Chris Murray reports that Nevada has been in touch with transferring Washington freshman LB Brandon Kaho.

Kaho (6'2/232) was released from his scholarship earlier this month with an understandably heavy heart. He's been working through the grieving process after an aunt and uncle passed away in July and his family situation is the impetus for his transfer. While Nevada's facing heavy competition for the true freshman, they could potentially have something of an inside edge given that the former four-star linebacker hails from Reno. Ranking as Rivals' No. 82 overall prospect in the 2018 class, Kaho will be eligible to play immediately with his future program once he decides upon the landing spot, as he never officially enrolled at Washington.
Aug 7 - 4:49 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes redshirt junior LB Christian Miller is a top-100 prospect in the 2019 draft.

Pauline isn't overly excited about Miller but says he is "a nice sized linebacker with playmaking skill. He has an upside but must round out his game." Miller is coming off a season-ending bicep tear in 2017 but has been healthy for August camp so far. HC Nick Saban is reportedly trying him out at middle linebacker after primarily being an outside linebacker so far in his career. He could see his draft stock skyrocket if the switch to middle linebacker pays dividends.
Aug 5 - 2:33 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gave Alabama senior DE Isaiah Buggs a second-round grade.

Pauline is reportedly lower on Buggs than other scouts who have him as "the top tide prospect." Pauline distinguishes him from DE Raekwon Davis and says "Buggs possesses great first step quickness and plays with tremendous pad level and technique. Lacking the size of Davis, Buggs must improve his strength at the point as he’s easily handled by opponents on occasion." Buggs was the No.1 prospect in the 2017 JUCO cycle and posted a respectable 51 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season at Alabama. If he can improve on those numbers this season he has a chance to see his draft stock enter the first round.
Aug 5 - 1:24 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gave senior RB Damien Harris a second-round grade.

Pauline was surprised by his decision to return to school but said Harris is "a powerful downhill ball carrier with excellent vision, smarts and small area quickness. Though not a truly creative ball carrier he does enough to make incoming defenders miss and always picks up positive yardage when the ball is in his hands." Harris will likely split work with backup Najee Harris. Damien was in a similar role last year and rushed for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. Both backs may receive less work this year with the expected switch in quarterbacks to natural-passer Tua Tagovailoa. Harris will have to remain efficient in a time-share in order to keep his draft stock in the top three rounds.
Aug 5 - 12:34 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Alabama junior DL Raekwon Davis as the No. 1 2019 draft prospect in the program.

Pauline doesn't believe it is even close and said "The junior has great size and also shows a good deal of athleticism in his game. He can be a one man wrecking crew and a dominant force up front. I like the versatility of his game and feel Davis offers a multitude of possibilities in both three and four man fronts." Davis' athleticism and versatility make him one of the most intriguing prospects to watch for this upcoming season. Another good year will lock him in as a top draft pick.
Aug 5 - 12:15 PM

Alabama junior QB Jalen Hurts said that in the competition between himself and sophomore Tua Tagovailoa, "The narrative has already been created."

"No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt," Hurts said, later adding that "Now when we're trying to handle the situation now, for me it's kinda late. It's too late." While Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban has yet to name a starter, all signs at this juncture would seem to be pointing toward Tua Time, with Hurts' comments just adding more fuel to that speculative fire. The junior signal-caller is set to graduate from Alabama in December. He's committed to remaining with the team until then, at which point we would expect a transfer announcement. That's assuming that Hurts will, indeed, sit behind Tagovailoa this year.
Aug 4 - 1:50 PM

Washington freshman LB Brandon Kaho is petitioning the NCAA for a release from his letter of intent.

According to a source close to the team who spoke with the Seattle Times, Kaho has not yet enrolled at Washington -- though he was in Seattle for about six weeks earlier this summer -- due to his still needing to complete a high school course. The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder's dealing with a fair bit of off the field attrition as well, with an aunt and uncle passing away in July and his parents currently going through a divorce. An anonymous family member told the Times that "[f]ootball is not even our concern right now" and noted that the normally upbeat Kaho has shown a marked shift in demeanor. He's also apparently dropped a significant amount of weight this summer. While his exit from the Huskies would represent a major belated recruiting loss for the program -- Rivals ranked him as the No. 82 overall prospect in the 2018 class -- it's clear that there are a number of more important factors at play here which go far beyond the gridiron.
Aug 3 - 12:42 PM

In the release of the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia landed sequentially in spot Nos. 1-4.

No surprise at the very top of the poll, but things do start to get interesting underneath. For one thing, Oklahoma holds down the fort at No. 5, ahead of Playoff contenders Washington (6) and Wisconsin (7). Miami, Penn State and Auburn round out the top-10 in that order. While we might quibble with the Sooners occupying a spot that's a bit rich for our blood, the biggest head-scratcher of the poll for us comes with Michigan, which does not check in until No. 14. We think this could be a dominant Wolverines outfit upcoming.
Source: USA Today
Aug 2 - 12:33 PM

Alabama and HC Nick Saban agreed on a contract extension through the 2025 season.

Not only did the Crimson Tide extend Saban for another seven years, they included some sweet kickers in the new deal. He's set to make in the vicinity of $7.5 million for the coming campaign, a number which will rise with annual raises and later retention bonuses. If he coaches through to the end of the extension, he'll be making about $10.3 million in 2025. A quick reminder of what he's done to earn the big bucks: Saban is a just-plain-silly 127-20 since taking over as head coach in 2007, with his teams winning five SEC titles and five national championships over the past decade-plus. The only real question in our minds is just how long the 67-year-old Saban plans on coaching. Alabama's not going to be the one to end this marriage.
Jul 27 - 5:00 PM


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