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  1. hornfaninbama

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    2013 Alabama Crimson Tide


    Schedule

    Opponent Location Final Score
    Rutgers Tuscaloosa, AL W 42-17
    Florida State Tallahassee, FL L 50-44 (4OT)
    Texas A&M College Station, TX L 47-38
    Colorado State Tuscaloosa, AL W 55-10
    Ole Miss Tuscaloosa, AL W 41-24
    Kentucky Lexington, KY W 59-21
    Arkansas Tuscaloosa, AL L 30-24
    Tennessee Tuscaloosa, AL W 63-28
    LSU Tuscaloosa, AL W 30-10
    Mississippi State Starkville, MS W 27-24
    New Mexico State Tuscaloosa, AL W 34-13
    Auburn Auburn, AL W 42-24


    Players to Watch
    Offense

    QB AJ McCarron (RS) SR
    284/248 for 2481 yards 24 TD's and 17 interceptions


    RB TJ Yeldon SO
    190 carries, 1303 yards, 13 TD's,


    Defense

    MLB CJ Mosley SR
    45 tackles, 0 sacks, 6 TFL, 0 int


    FS Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix JR
    25 tackles, 0 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 int


    2013 Recruiting Class
    14 Available Scholarships


    Name Rank Overall Caliber
    Chester Ingram #17 Ath(QB) #37 Overall 81 (+6) :4stars:
    Brett Gilmore #1 SS, #19 Overall 81 (+2) :5stars:
    Guy Hines #1 FS, #44 Overall 80 (+2) :4stars:
    Nick Larsen #2 FS, #82 Overall 79 (+2) :4stars:
    Fred Carter #1 CB, #34 Overall 79 (+1) :4stars:
    Travis Morris #1 DE, #24 Overall 79 (+1) :5stars:
    Jovon Huffman #1 MLB, #70 Overall 77 (+1) :4stars:
    Brian Guillory #? HB, #?? Overall 71 (0) :3stars:


     
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  2. hornfaninbama

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    I usually treat my recruiting board as if it houses state secrets, but I decided to post my :5stars: targets this season. We'll see how it goes. Once I get scouting done, at least one of these guys will fall off.


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    #1 SS Brett Gilmore- Willingboro, NJ
    6'4" 204 pounds
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    #1 OLB Matt Beck- Chamberlain, SD
    6' 227 Pounds
    1. Alabama
    2. Florida
    3. Notre Dame
    4. USC
    5. LSU
    6. Penn State


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    #4 Athlete Eric Smith- North Richland Hills, TX
    6' 190 Pounds
    1. LSU
    2. Alabama
    3. Wisconsin
    4. Notre Dame
    5. Auburn
    6. Oregon
    7. Memphis

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    #1 DE Travis Morris- Rome, GA
    6'4" 237 Pounds
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  3. publik drunk

    publik drunk King of the East

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    You should take #1 and #3 off ;)
     
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    Smith is going to be my next QB if I can pull him in. I think LSU is going to get him though. Gilmore and one of the FS will be my SS in a season or 2.
     
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    Eric Smith officially off the Alabama Target list.
     
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    Just went through my board, and if I can sign the 14 guys I want this will be an unbelieveable class. 8 guys rated 79 or better, 9 if you count the kicker. I signed some great guys in PFP as Clemson, but this is unreal.
     
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    You're Alabama. Thats par for the course.
     
  8. hornfaninbama

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    I'm just not used to it, I started with Louisiana-Lafayette and moved to Utah in my other OD, my offline is Tulsa. My highest rated guys are usually around 75-78 and there's only one or 2 of them.
     
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    Oh hey a guy from South Dakota
     
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  10. Austin1990

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    Come on man, I was perfectly happy with my UVA class until I read this haha
     
  11. hornfaninbama

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    I still don't have any commits if that makes you feel better. It's making me a little ansty. Plus I'm having a bad run right now in user games. 0-2 so far here, and 1-3 in The Flashback this season. But M34B quit and can't come back so I got that going for me.
     
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    Yeah I noticed your slump. You'll get back on track though, your recruiting classes have been solid and bama is even better in year 2.
     
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    Alabama Has Full House
    8 of Top 9 Targets In Tuscaloosa


    Tuscaloosa, AL- The recruiting strategy of new head coach Stewart is beginning to take shape, and 8 of the top 9 targets for Alabama will be in attendance for next week's tilt against division rival LSU. "We figure it makes sense to get all our top guys together so they can get to know each other and see that we see them as the future leaders of the program. We've held off on bringing them in because we hope that having them all here at once will help several of them fall at once."

    While the 6-3 Tigers aren't the Bayou Bengals of years past there will still be an excellent atmosphere to tantalize the recruits, plus The Houndstooth Twins should make an appearance to give the recruits some further incentive to make a commitment to Alabama.
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    [​IMG] The first recruit to touch down in Tuscaloosa will be #1 SS and #19 overall prospect Brett Gilmore from Willingboro, NJ. The 6'4" 204 pound :5stars: prospect is excited to get into town, "I can't wait to get to T-Town. Alabama is one of the best programs in the country right now and historically and it will be awesome to spend a few nights down there." Gilmore is alos set to visit Georgia (BRUCE80) and Oklahoma (publik drunk) over the next few weeks, so the Tide coaches may press hard for a commit from the star this weekend.

    [​IMG] Chester Ingram will be the next to arrive in Tuscaloosa, and he will be flying in from Pleasanton, CA. Ingram is a :4stars: athlete who has slipped through the cracks in recruiting this season and despite some early interest in Notre Dame (IrishBearcat) and Georgia (BRUCE80) looks to be an Alabama lock. "Up until a few weeks ago Alabama was the only offer I had received and then Tennessee came calling. I don't know about Rocky Top, something is telling me it'll never be home to me." Ingram is a big athlete at 6'3" 221 pounds and looks like he could play anywhere from QB to RB or WR. Word is that Alabama is looking to make him a QB.

    [​IMG] Matt Beck is a :5stars: OLB from Chamberlain, SD and the 6' 227 pounder will get in town late Friday afternoon. Alabama started in pole position for his services, but LSU has come on hard and taken the lead away from the Tide. Beck is another player who had interest in both National Title Game participants from last season, but Notre Dame and Coach IrishBearcat never offered the lone football player from South Dakota. Beck is a throwback to the old days, "I have to get up in the morning and do chores before I go to school, and then after school I have more chores. I may not be the most athletic player, but working hard has been ingrained in me since I was 2 years old." Beck is a longshot to land with Alabama, but a good visit this week against his current leader may help him change his mind. One thing is for sure, he will at some point play on the field at Bryant Denny. Whether it's in purple and gold or crimson and white remains to be seen.

    [​IMG] Devon Sullivan from Elizabeth, NJ is a 6'1" corner who figures to fit in well with the recent Alabama tradition of excellent college defensive backs. Unfortunately he is also down to an LSU and Alabama battle and Alabama is losing this one as well. "I know I want to play in the SEC, it's the best conference in college football and I know it will prepare me well for the NFL which is my ultimate goal." This battle looks to be closer than the one for Matt Beck, but it just feels like a race Alabama is destined to lose.

    [​IMG] The Alabama staff wants to transition to a 335 over the next few seasons and in order for that defense to be successful the safeties have to play excellent football. Nick Larsen looks like he could step in and be ready to provide excellent play at either of the safety positions. Larsen started with a top 3 of Alabama, USC and Oklahoma, but recently decided to cut the Sooners from his top 2. Larsen is a big FS at 6'4" 200 pounds and he figures to make the transistion to SS if he makes it to campus in Tuscaloosa. "I just want to play football at a top tier program. If I can make it at Alabama or USC I know I can play in the NFL. USC has a great history of defensive backs going all the way back to Ronnie Lott and it would be cool to be a part of that. Alabama has a proud history too, but not nearly as deep as USC."

    [​IMG] Coming out of Parker, SC is Fred Carter. Carter is the second CB on Alabama's wish list and the 5'11" 166 pound mighty mite looks like he is more attainable. Carter will end up in the state of Alabama as he has locked out everyone but Alabama and as Bear Bryant once said, "That Cow College in Auburn." Mr. Carter was interested in Oklahoma, but locked them out following his visit there in week 7. "I just feel like Alabama is the place to be. Auburn won a title, then Alabama won 2 they seem to be the powers in college football right now. And I want to play for championships."

    [​IMG] Travis Morris is yet another recruit chased by Alabama, USC and Oklahoma and just like the other 2 he figures to land in Tuscaloosa. The #1 DE in the country hails from Rome, GA and maybe because of the classic rivalry between their namesakes the program in Athens didn't offer. Morris is a :5stars: recruit and had this to say about Alabama, "I've been to Tuscaloosa a lot growing up. My parents went to UGA and we traveled a few times to watch the Bulldogs play there. The last time was when Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno got stomped. That's when Alabama first started becoming a place I would want to play ball."

    [​IMG] The last recruit to visit this week is another defensive player, and he also is from Georgia. Jovon Huffman is the #1 MLB recruit and figres to play the same position at either Alabama or Florida. Huffman is a very big player at 6'2" 250 pounds and looks like the prototypical 34 MLB which could help him excel at the MLB spot in a 335. "I'm very excited to get to Tuscaloosa, the coaches have been on me all year long to come down for a visit and I wanted to make sure I visited them before I go to Gainesville." Despite his size he is excellent in coverage and figures to be an excellent player in college for whoever signs him.
     
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    Alabama Begins Pulling In Recruits

    6 Choose Tide After LSU Visit



    Tuscaloosa, AL- Coach Stewart thought bringing in a bevy of recruits for one weekend would pay off and it looks like it did. Of the 8 players the Tide brought in for official visits last weekend 6 committed. And all 6 look like potential stars. Included in the first 6 commitments for Alabama are 5 players in the top 2 at their position.



    Jovon Huffman is the #1 middle linebacker recruit (77 overall rating, +1 from scouting) and hails from neighboring Georgia. Huffman is a prototypical middle linebacker at 6’2” 250 pounds, but brings an excellent pass coverage mentality (71 man, 75 zone.) He isn’t the fastest at his position (80 and 90 acceleration) but he plays very well in space and following a redshirt season may be the standard bearer for the middle line backers who follow him in the Tide’s upcoming 335 alignment. He does an excellent job shedding blocks (79) and will lay out any player who tries to get past him (84 hit power.) “I am very excited to commit to the Crimson Tide. They have an excellent tradition of having great defenses and I want to be part of the next one. I wanted to get this out of the way now so I could help my team get into the state title game and not have any distractions. But I am 100% committed to Alabama. No one could change my mind.” Huffman chose Alabama over offers from Florida, LSU, and Tennessee.



    Travis Morris also comes from Georgia and also is the consensus #1 recruit at his position (79 Overall, +1 from scouting.) Morris is a 6’4” 237 pound 5 star DE with uncommon athleticism (84 speed, 83 acceleration.) He is excellent at getting off blocks quickly (82 power moves, 64 finesse moves, 83 block shedding) and will use his speed to hunt down quarterbacks and punish them (77 tackle, 78 hit power.) Morris is excited to get into a defense that will let him showcase his skills as a pass rusher and also let him show he can play the run. “Coach told me he wants me to be the next Derrick Thomas. I didn’t know much about him growing up, but after hearing that I went and watched some youtube videos and he was a bad dude. After seeing those it has motivated me to try and put up better stats than he did.” Morris chose Alabama over offers from Southern California, Purdue, and Oklahoma.



    Fred Carter is the third #1 prospect at his position (79 overall, +1 from scouting) to choose Alabama and the diminutive corner from Parker, SC couldn’t wait to make his choice known. “I almost committed as soon as the plane touched down! When I got off and saw all the other prospects there waiting on me I knew that I wanted to come here. I held it down though and waited until the end of the weekend. I can’t wait to get there and get started preparing for next season.” Carter is small at 5’11” 166 pounds, but the coaches figure he has the frame to add 15-20 pounds and develop into a lockdown corner (84 man cover, 84 zone cover, 77 press.) He has the speed to run with almost anyone (93 speed, 92 acceleration.) Carter chose Alabama over offers from Auburn and Oklahoma.



    Nick Larsen is one of 2 committed players who isn’t the #1 player at his position. He checks in as the #2 free safety (79 overall, +2 from scouting), but the 6’4” 200 pound Santee, CA product will likely move to strong safety after his redshirt season. He has great speed (92 speed and 90 acceleration) and excels in zone coverage (72 man, 77 zone) but where he really shines is when he drives his shoulder through the ball carrier (80 tackle, 85 hit power.) He is more punishing a tackler than any player committed to Alabama and only figures to get better. “I love hitting. Sometimes life upsets you and getting to go out there and lay somebody out makes you feel better. I take great pride in my tackling ability, and I have always wanted to be someone like John Lynch, Steve Atwater, or Ronnie Lott. The middle of the field is mine, and I know I can’t break up every pass but I can make every player on offense dread coming across there.” Larsen chose Alabama over offers from Southern California and Oklahoma.



    Chester Ingram is the other non #1 prospect, (81 overall, +6 from scouting) but the athlete from Pleasanton, CA could end up being one of the best players from his class. Rivals, Scout and Hudl list him as an athlete who will become a running back at the next level and the 6’3” 221 pound star has the skills and size to play that position; (87 speed, 90 acceleration, 78 break tackle, 86 juke, 85 elusiveness, 79 spin, 79 carrying) but the Alabama staff has told Ingram they expect to play him at quarterback for the duration of his career. “I have played almost every position in high school, but I’ve had more fun playing quarterback and I know I have the skills to be successful at the next level as a QB (87 throwing power, 82 accuracy.) Alabama offered me that chance and I will be ready to do it.” Ingram figures to redshirt next season before taking the reins full time as a redshirt freshman. Ingram committed to Alabama over an offer from Tennessee. (Easy choice, Tennessee sucks.)



    Brett Gilmore rounds out the commitments from the weekend, Gilmore is the #1 strong safety (81 overall, +2 from scouting) and the second 5 star prospect to choose the Tide. Gilmore has an imposing presence at 6’4” 204 pounds and combined with Larsen creates 2 intimidating safeties. Gilmore has a great combination of size and speed (90 speed, 88 acceleration) and tackles better than most linebackers (90 tackle, 75 hit power.) He has shown flashes of being able to play close to the line of scrimmage and his block shedding skills should come in handy there (80 block shed.) He doesn’t play great in pass coverage, but he is a solid player in space (66 man, 75 zone.) Gilmore had visits scheduled to Georgia and Florida over the next few weeks, but chose to commit to Alabama after watching their defense dominate LSU on Saturday. “The defense looked amazing and when the rest of us get here it will only get better. Coming from New Jersey I knew I wanted to play in the SEC, and when I got the opportunity to play at Alabama it was tough for anyone else to even come close.” Gilmore chose Alabama over offers from Georgia, Oklahoma, and Florida.
     
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    Another GA Prospect Chooses Alabama
    #1 FS Joins Crimson Tide

    West Augusta, GA- Guy Hines, the #1 Free Safety prospect in the country has decided to join the #2 prospect at free safety and play for Alabama the next four seasons. Hines joins a class that is small, but elite and despite only having 7 commitments currently ranks as a top 10 class.

    Hines is 6’ and 173 pounds, and is more physical than you would think given his size. He tackles well (82 tackle, 78 hit power) and runs very well (94 speed, 97 acceleration.) He is also solid in coverage when asked (71 man, 74 zone, 78 press.) Despite his overall skills (80, +2 from scouting) he is a good redshirt candidate and will likely be a redshirt sophomore before he sees the field consistently. “I knew coming to Alabama would make it difficult to get immediate playing time, but I wanted to come here to test myself against the best. Not just on Saturdays but every day through the week.”

    We asked Hines if he was worried about joining the same team as the #2 overall prospect and he said, “If I let other people’s decisions dictate my actions I wouldn’t be here today. I’ve never been scared of anyone on the football field, and I’m not about to start today. In the immortal words of Bonecrusha, ‘I a’int neva scared!’”

    Hines commitment leaves Alabama with 7 spots to fill and a few players yet to visit.
     
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    Season In Review
    Tuscaloosa, AL- It was a mixed bag for Alabama during the regular season this year. There aren't many places where a probable 10 win season and Top 5 Finish would be considered a dissapointment, but Alabama is one of them. It was an up and down year as Alabama started off slowly, but rebounded to finish second in the SEC West.

    AJ McCarron didn't have the season he expected this year, but he still led Alabama's passing game. The senior was white hot to start the season, but cooled off significantly as the season progressed. He was an excellent leader, which will be his best asset if he is able to make the leap to the NFL. Coach Stewart hasn't decided who will start the bowl game this year, it may be dependent on the matchup. McCarron will finish the regular season with 2729 yards on 195/270 for 25 TD's and 21 interceptions. In the last 4 games McCarron threw at least 4 interceptions. In limited action Blake Sims has gone 35/45 for 8 TD's, 1 interception with 531 yards. Sims will be the starter next season, but fans and players would love to see AJ go out with an excellent game in his final start.

    TJ Yeldon has been the catalyst for the entire offense this season, and because of the NFL draft rules will be returning for his junior season next year. Yeldon has carried 233 times for 1576 yards and 15 TD's and most importantly 0 fumbles. He has outrun defenders, run over defenders, juked and slipped past defenders, and should come close to a 1700 yard season. Yeldon has been the MVP of the offense this season and probably will be next year as well.

    Defensively Alabama was up and down most of the season. For a team with one of the most talented rosters in college football they didn't do a great job of locking down opposing offenses week in and week out. They struggled to generate turnovers, and almost never generated pressure. Alabama totalled 23 sacks on the season, and only 10 turnovers.

    CJ Mosley led the defense in tackles with 63. The senior MLB was expected to be a star this season and he delivered, he made the calls, and put players in the right positions to make plays. But he made more than enough himself as well. Mosley is projected to be a high draft pick in the upcoming draft, and he certainly deserves the attention.

    Jeoffrey Pagan led the team in sacks with 5...to say that the defensive coaches are disappointed would be an understatment. They expected to generate much more pressure than they were able to and the coaches will look into all avenues to try and address this problem before next season.

    Alabama was not able to generate many turnovers this season, 10 total. And 9 came in the defensive backfield from interceptions. Many times Alabama was able to ge the ball on the ground, but unable to be the team that came up with it. Too often that's ascribed to a lack of desire, but it just seemed like bad luck time and again this season. Geno Smith led the defense with 3 interceptions and the sophomore should be back to help anchor the pass defense next season.

    Alabama has a chance to make a BCS game if they can wrap the season up inside the Top 5, and it will be interesting to see where they end up with the SEC champ obligated to the Sugar Bowl. Ever since the inception of the BCS Alabama has either played in the Sugar Bowl or the National Championship game when they have made it. It will be interesting to see them in another place.

    The Crimson Tide should return the bulk of the offense and defense, but there are several juniors who could throw a wrench into the plan. If the underclassmen return Alabama should boast one of the most talented teams in the country. This season wasn't the best in Alabama history, but it was a good jumping off point for a new coach.
     
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    2014 Iron Bowl
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    Tuscaloosa, AL- Alabama vs Auburn...the Iron Bowl. The Tide and the Tigers have taken the field against each other for more than a century, but seldom is there so much on the line. Both schools enter with a Top 10 Ranking, and a matchup with Georgia for the SEC title will go to the winner. That of course is in addition to the 364 days of bragging rights that traditionally go to the winner. Two premier programs, stars all over the field and the SEC West division title on the line? This one will be exciting.

    Hate is a strong word...and normally it is too strong to be used to describe the antipathy fans of rival programs. But in the case of Alabama fans and Auburn fans it fits. This is a rivalry that has fueled arborcid and homicide,beatings, trash talk, and even Paul Finebaum. Alabama vs Auburn is the only thing that matters this week. Not Thanksgiving, not Black Friday, or Cyber Monday. Football and only football.

    Alabama comes into the game 9-2(6-1) and ranked #7 in the country. Auburn comes in at 9-2(5-2) and ranked #3 in the nation. There will be star power all over the field for both teams but there are a few special players to kepp your eyes on this Saturday. The main man should be TJ Yeldon.

    Yeldon is having one of the best seasons ever by an Alabama running back. Seeing Yeldon on the field has reminded some fans of the days when Shaun Alexander was toting the rock at Bryant-Denny. Yeldon has a rare blend of speed and power that has allowed him to become one of the best running backs in college football. He has nearly 1300 yards and 10 TD's this season. After his bout with fumblitis his freshman year he has become one of the most sure handed ball carriers anywhere in the country. He is without a doubt the MVP of this season's Alabama ballclub and will get his handprints in front of Denny Chimes when he heads off to the NFL.

    Blake Sims is Yeldon's counter part in the backfield, and he has been a dnagerous dual threat QB all season long. He will top 2000 yards passing Saturday and is less than 400 yards from a 2000/1000 season running and throwing. Sims' athletic ability allows him to escape pressure and make plays that less mobile QB's would not be able to make. Alabama will want to keep the ball out of the hands of Auburn's explosive offense, so Sims and Yeldon could have huge days.

    Jabriel Washington has been the gamebreaker on defense and has picked off 5 passes this season. The junior cover man has very good ball skills, and attacks the ball at it's highest point. When you pair Washington and a pass rusher like Jeoffrey Pagan it can make any quarterback hurry his throws.

    Saturday will be extremely exciting when these two schools face off, and the fireworks should be awesome.
     
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    2014 Alabama Recruiting Class
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    Name Position Caliber Overall Rank
    Kris Walker WR :5stars: 81 (+4) #14 Overall; #6 WR
    Tim Wilson SS :4stars: 81 (+4) #91 Overall; #1 SS
    Joel Sims CB :4stars: 80 (+3) #64 Overall; #1 CB
    Dave Morris MLB :4stars: 80 (+4) #74 Overall; #2 MLB
    Nick Jackson WR :4stars: 79 (+8) #149 Overall; #28 WR
    Charles Crum WR :4stars: 79 (+3) #70 Overall; #17 WR
    Chad Gains ATH (QB/WR) :5stars: 79 (+3) #25 Overall; #8 ATH
    Jason Walton DE :5stars: 79 (0) #22 Overall; #1 DE
    Justin Evans FS :4stars: 79 (+5) #240 Overall; #4 FS
    Kyle Williamson C :3stars: 79 (+1) #1357 Overall; #47 C (JUCO JR)
    Demetrius Carter ATH (RB/WR) :4stars: 77 (+2) #53 Overall; #17 ATH
    Amir Holloway CB :3stars: 73 (+4) #604 Overall; #41 CB
    Phil Craig ATH (RB) :4stars: 72 (-1) #98 Overall; #27 ATH
    Justin Simth T :3stars: 72 (+7) #1337 Overall; #88 T
    Eugene Carter WR :3stars: 69 (+4) #660 Overall; #118 WR
    Darius Lacy ATH (OL/DL) :4stars: 68 (-3) #170 Overall; #35 ATH
    Larry Chase DE :3stars: 68 (-2) #436 Overall; #38 DE
     
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    Yeldon To Lead Bama's SEC Title Defense
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    Tuscaloosa, AL- The state motto is "Stars Fell on Alabama," Alabama had their star fall right back into their lap when TJ Yeldon eschewed NFL millions for the ability to return to Tuscaloosa. Yeldon was one of the top backs in 2014 and looks like he could be called the best RB in college football next season. With Alabama retooling their defense and replacing plenty of starters on both sides of the ball having a steady leader in the backfield will be important.

    Yeldon was projected as a first round pick, but told reporters at his press conference that, "We, as a team, have some unfinished business. And I wanted to come back and try to lead us to another SEC title and try to get back into the National Title game."

    Yeldon could face an uphill battle this season trying to gain yards on the ground. Alabama will be breaking in a redhsirt freshman quarterback, behind an offensive line replacing 3 starters. The only plus to that is the fact that the QB is Chester Ingram, a former 4 star athlete who is a running QB, and the new starters on the line will mostly be upper classmen.
     
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    Gary Pinkel to Join Tide
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    Tuscaloosa, AL- After Doug Nussmeier left the Alabama sidelines to take the reins as TCU's new head man Coach Bulgy had some shoes to fill. He has chosen Nussmeier's replacement and it wasn't shocking to hear the SEC is going to get a little incestuous.

    Gary Pinkel will be moving from the SEC East to the SEC West and sliding down a rung to become the new offensive coordinator at Alabama after his dismissal from Mizzou. Pinkel roamed the Mizzou sidelines for 15 years and is the program's all time leader in wins. Pinkel was fired after a dismal 4-8 campaign that saw Mizzou fall to last in the SEC East. Pinkel's offenses were regularly near the top of the NCAA rankings in total offense and he developed some of the best players in college football. His succession of quarterbacks from the early 2000's to today is quite impressive.

    Brad Smith took over as the starter in Pinkel's second season, and ran the program for four seasons. Smith was the second player in NCAA history to run for 1000 yards and throw for 2000 in the same season (he accomplished the feat twice, making Smith the first player to do so.) Chase Daniel was the next up, followed by Blaine Gabbert, and then James Franklin. Every QB in that succession played a little differently, but Pinkel was able to get the best out of all of them. Hopefully he can do the same in Tuscaloosa.
     
  21. hornfaninbama

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    Alabama Looks to Defend SEC Title
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    Tuscaloosa, AL- For the last six or seven years Alabama has been one of the premier programs in college football. In Coach Stewart's first season in Tuscaloosa, the Tide slipped a little, and many fans were ready to call for his head. Last season he turned the tables and led Alabama to an SEC title and a Sugar Bowl win over Michigan. This season fans are clamoring for another SEC title, and are demanding the Tide be in the thick of the race for a national title.

    Last season Alabama redesigned their offense, "I just felt like we got a little stale and predictable. Plus running out of the shotgun theres really only one direction you can run. Away from the running back. We needed to change things up and reset our tendencies." Alabama jettisoned the shotgun option game and moved to a pistol offense and the Tide lit up opposing defenses all season long. Now after a season in the system the players are excited to add some new wrinkles and see how much more explosive the offense can be.

    [​IMG] For the past 2 seasons Alabama has had a seasoned veteran under center. This season that will change when redshirt freshman Chester Ingram takes the reins of the offense. The Tide coaching staff struggled with where to play the :4stars: athlete out of Pleasanton, CA. Ingram has running back skills (88 speed, 91 acceleration, 80 break tackle, 86 elusiveness, 80 spin, 87 juke) inside a big frame (6'3" 225 pounds) with an excellent arm (88 throwing power, 85 accuracy.) "We are very excited to see Chester get on the field. He made some plays last year on the scout team that wowed us. We made a very good decision to move him to QB when he got to campus." Ingram will undoubtedly go through some growing pains, but he does have a teammate that will help make those growing pains a little easier to get past.

    [​IMG] TJ Yeldon is the grizzled vet and he hopes to make a case to be a first round pick in the NFL draft next season. Yeldon is the #2 returning rusher from last season when he ran for 1635 yards and scored 15 TD's. Yeldon could lay claim to the title of best running back in the country if it wasn't for the conference opponent Todd Gurley. Yeldon does everything well, but Gurley does it all just a smidge better. But with the emphasis Alabama puts on the running game Yeldon could very well outrush Gurley and lead the SEC in rushing yards. Yeldon has put on some weight (6'2" 221 pounds)this past offseason, but it didn't affect his speed (94 speed 91 acceleration.) Yeldon is first and foremost a power back, and he should still be able to flatten defenders that get in his way (98 break tackle, 89 trucking, 95 stiff arm.) TJ has worked hard the past few seasons to add more finesse to his game and he has largely succeeded (88 spin, 88 juke, 95 elusiveness.)

    [​IMG] Kenyan Drake and Altee Tenpenny will will provide the depth this season. Drake is the closest thing to a scat back Alabama has (94 speed, 98 acceleration, 93 juke, 87 spin, 93 elusiveness.) And Tenpenny is a very well balanced back who as yet doesn't set the world on fire with any one skill, but when put all together Tenpenny looks like he will be a fantastic back down the road.

    [​IMG] Amari Cooper is now a senior and he will be the star of the WR corps. He isn't the fastest player (91 speed, 94 acceleration) but he might be the most sure handed WR in the country (99 catching, 99 spectacular catch, 97 catch in traffic) and he does an excellent job shedding tackles once he makes the catch (90 break tackle, 90 elusiveness, 85 juke.) Chris Black and Robert Foster will be the #2 and #3 WR. But the coaches haven't made a decision on who will go where. Foster will likely go to the outside where his larger frame will be a matchup problem for smaller corners. And Black will move to the slot where his quickness and elusiveness will help him elude larger players. Right now the coaches are struggling with playing senor WR Pedro Green as the #4 wideout, or playing incoming freshman Kris Walker at the #4 slot.


    [​IMG] The line between TE and FB is very blurred in Alabama's offense, sometimes the FB will line up in a TE alignment and sometimes the TE will slide into the fullback role. Derrick Henry and OJ Howard will fill those roles this season. Henry is a converted running back, but the 6'3" 246 pounder should have no trouble acclimating to his new role. Howard is the lone remaining TE from last season and the redshirt sophomore will be a very big weapon in the passing game. For the record, Henry is classified as a FB on my roster, but when I go with a multiple TE look he will be lined up on the line. When the formation has a FB he will be lined up in the backfield. I'm trying to figure out who the third TE will be when I go jumbo. I may have to yank that formation from my playbook this year.

    [​IMG] It has been a long time since college football had a player who could tip the scales at close to 400 pounds. The last player who came close was Aaron Gibson who played between 370 and 390. Brandon Hill will take the field this season for Alabama at 6'6" 390 pounds. Hill will be the starting left guard and is a true road grader in the run game (80 pass block, 93 run block, 92 impact.) The opposite guard will also be super sized, but 6'5" Alphonse Taylor is outweighed by 50 pounds. Taylor is more well balanced (89 pass, 90 run, 87 impact) and the two of them should be able to hold down the interior. Lined up between the 2 monsters will be Ryan Kelly, and despite being near 300 pounds he looks like a midget next to Hill and Taylor. Kelly is a very solid blocker (90 pass, 93 run, 89 impact.) The two outside linemen are Brandon Greene and Grant Hill who will play left and right tackle respectively. Greene is the lone offensive lineman who excels in pass protection (92 pass, 84 run, 90 impact) and Hill is similar to the other 3 linemen (83 pass, 90 run, 89 impact.) Alabama's offensive line will be very big this year with an average weight of 330 pounds. The o line will be very young this year with a junior and a sophomore starting at both tackle and guard with Kelly at center being the lone senior.

    Alabama has experimented the past few seasons with some exotic looks on defense. Alabama lined up in the 425 and the 335 for the first time since Joe Kines roamed the sidelines as Mike Shula's defensive coordinator. Alabama will be making the shift back to a more traditional alignment of the 43. "I just felt like we were trying to be too cute. If you look at somewhere like Iowa and Kirk Ferentz all they run is the 43, but they do what they do better than anyone else in the country, and I think we can do the same down here."

    The defensive line will start 3 sophomores and a senior. Dee Liner, and Johnathan Allen will line up on the outside while A'Shawn Robinson will line up on the interior. The lone senior is defensive tackle LaMichael Fanning. And much like the offensive line the defensive line will be very big with a 294 pound average.

    [​IMG] Dee Liner will line up at the right defensive end spot and the 6'3" 294 pound end should be able to both hold the edge and get after the passer (80 speed, 78 power moves, 85 finesse moves, 80 tackle, 86 ht power.) His counter part will be Johnathan Allen who goes 6'3" 279 pounds and has the skills to be a dominant pass rusher (82 speed, 82 power moves, 89 finesse, 81 tackle, 83 hit power.) Redshirt freshman Travis Morris and junior Dalvin Tomlinson will be the backups.

    [​IMG] Moving inside, LaMichael Fanning and A'Shawn Robinson will provide an interior presence. Both are converted defensive ends and show the necessary skills to get after the passer. Fanning is very tall, but plays much lower than his 6'7" frame (78 power moves, 80 finesse, 86 shedding.) Robinson is likely the next star lineman like Terrence Cody and Jesse Willams. An oversized defensive tackle, who can hold the line, and rush the passer. Robinson came into the program as a defensive end and he shows excellent hand skills and the strength and quickness to collapse the pocket from the inside (73 speed, 86 power moves, 82 finesse, 83 shedding, 83 tackle, 91 ht power.) The defensive line should be a stregth for Alabama despite having 4 new starters. They have all been in the program for several years, and most of them will be back next season.

    [​IMG] Reggie Ragland will be the star linebacker this season, and will lead a linebacking corps that was built to run the 34. Ragland is a junior out of Madison, AL and has grown to 6'2" 264 pounds. He's and excellent tackler and gets off blocks very well (89 tackle, 88 hit power, 94 shedding.) Ragland shouldn't have any trouble making tackles in the middle of the field and with Fanning and Robinson in front to keep offensive linemen off him could be a force in the middle. Ryan Anderson will man one outside linebacker spot and Denzel Devall will get to start at the other one. The both tip the scales at close to 260 pounds to give Alabama a second level of oversized players. Anderson (80 speed, 87 tackle, 90 hit power, 91 block shed) is the better pass rusher, but Devall is the better run stopper (82 speed, 86 tackle, 87 hit power, 85 shed.)

    [​IMG] The defensive backfield is the most senior laden unit on the team. Both starters at corner as well as the nickel back are seniors, and Landon Collins returns and makes a move to free safety. Jabriel Washington and Geno Smith will be the #1 and #2 corners with Bradley Sylve sliding in as the slot corner. Last season Washington (92 speed, 92 man, 93 zone) picked off 6 passes to lead the team and Smith (93 speed, 92 man, 88 zone) pulled in 5 interceptions. Sylve (95 speed, 90 man, 88 zone) didn't play as much as the other two, but still managed to haul in 2 interceptions on his own.

    [​IMG] Landon Collins will make the change from free safety to strong this season. He is excellent in coverage and has good speed (86 man, 95 zone, 91 speed, 86 tackle), he could end up being the star of the defense this season. Collins lack of top end speed will be mitigated by Guy Hines manning the strong safety spot. Hines is a little smaller, at 6' 175 pounds, but he makes up for his stature by being very fast, solid in coverage and tackling well (85 speed, 84 tackle, 80 hit power, 74 man, 77 zone.)

    [​IMG] The special teams units are headlined by sophomores Josh Starks (94 kicking power, 76 accuracy) and Mark Gatewood (91 power, 76 accuracy.) Gatewood will handle the punting duties while Starks will do kickoffs and field goals. Neither one of them is particularly accurate, but both of them have strong legs, and should help Alabama win the field position battle.

    Alabama looks to be a very strong squad this season with a good mix of upperclassmen leadership and underclassmen stepping into new roles. The talent is on campus to lead Alabama to a second consecutive SEC title, but a new coach at division rival Arkansas and a very stout Georgia team in the SEC east will be standing in their way. The Crimson Tide should at minimum win 10 games and finish second in the SEC West. Anything less would be considered a disappointment. Anything above 11 wins and an SEC title game berth would qualify as an excellent season.
     
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    2015 Alabama Recruiting Class
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    Name Position Caliber Overall
    Joe Johnson FS :4stars: 81 (+4)
    Michael Greene T :4stars: 80 (+2)
    Michael Anderson ATH (QB) :4stars: 79 (+6)
    Brian Walson G :3stars: 78 (+6)
     
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    Crimson Tide :5stars: Targets
    Name Position Rank Competition Initial Rank and Current Standing
    Andy Johnson T #1 Tackle, #33 Overall Texas, Georgia 1st and 1st
    Erik Lamb G #1 G, #29 Overall Michigan, Ohio State 1st and 1st
    Vincent Hemphill TE #1 TE, #27 Overall Florida, LSU, Georgia 1st and 1st
    Vince Clark CB #3 CB. #34 Overall West Point, Oregon N/A and 7th
    Maurice Williams Ath #1 Ath, #1 Overall Southern Cal, North Carolina N/A and 5th
     
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    2015 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule
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    Team Location Result
    Virginia Dallas, TX * L 31-42
    Bye
    Texas A&M Tuscaloosa, AL L 19-35
    Washington Seattle, WA W 41-35
    Ole Miss Oxford, MS W 31-17
    Texas Tuscaloosa, AL W 36-35
    Kentucky Lexington, KY W 68-62 (5OT)
    Arkansas Tuscaloosa, AL L 7-37
    Tennessee Tuscaloosa, AL W 27-17
    Bye
    LSU Tuscaloosa, AL
    Mississippi State Starkville, MS
    Arizona Tuscaloosa, AL
    Auburn Bumblefuck, AL

    *Neutral Site Game at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX​
     
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