"Oh man, Dillon Lee is something else," smiling cornerback Deion Belue said. "That guy is crazy. He's a beast, actually. Dillon Lee is one of a kind and he's going to be that player next year." As a sophomore, Lee played behind Adrian Hubbard at one of the outside linebacker positions. So with Hubbard leaving school for the NFL draft, Lee should have a good shot at winning that job in the regular defense.
He also spends time as a middle linebacker when the Tide shifts to the nickel or dime packages. "I feel like I have a good shot to start in a couple different places on our defense, you know, have a bigger role and make an impact," a somewhat soft-spoken Lee said after the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma.
Dillon has definitely been a fun guy to watch. Look for him to make a strong push to be a starter this spring.
Just one week after being formally introduced as the defensive line coach at USC, Bo Davis has accepted the same position at Alabama, the Trojans confirmed Monday. Davis, who accepted the USC job Jan. 7, told USC coach Steve Sarkisian he was leaving for family reasons.
"We wish Bo and his family the best of luck. He is a good coach," Sarkisian said in a statement. "We will move forward and find a great coach for our defensive line."
Ouch. I know this isn't the first time that something like this has happened, but I can't imagine having the conversation where you quit a week after being hired.
Davis, who joined Saban at Alabama in 2007 and coached with the Tide through the 2010 season, helped the Tide pull off several major recruiting victories in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas and identified several under-the-radar prospects who turned out to be key contributors for the Tide and eventually NFL Draft picks.
In his first full recruiting cycle in Tuscaloosa, Davis landed two relatively unknown defensive line prospects for the Crimson Tide: junior college defensive tackle Terrence Cody and Texas defensive end Damion Square. Neither player were heavily recruited by many of the major recruiting powers in the South but Davis' keen evaluations yielded two players who would go onto be key playmakers for the Crimson Tide during its three BCS championship seasons.
In 2009, Davis flexed his recruiting muscle in the notoriously difficult territories of Louisiana and Mississippi. While many schools, including Alabama, often find it an uphill battle to pull top talent out of both states, Davis hauled in four top stars from the territory. Rayville, Louisiana wide receiver Kenny Bell was a Signing Day surprise for the Crimson Tide thanks to Davis' recruiting efforts while the Tide assistant pulled three of the top prospects from the state of Mississippi across the border, including wide receiver Kevin Norwood, offensive lineman Anthony Steen and safety Rod Woodson.
The resume doesn't lie. Davis is probably one of the only one or two guys that we could have brought in without feeling the sting of losing Rumph.
Nick Saban briefly explained the hiring process of Lane Kiffin on Monday at the American Football Coaches Association Convention. “I've known him for a long time,” Saban said after speaking to approximately 4,000 coaches during an hour-long session.
“I always thought he was a really good coach. All his issues come from something we're not asking him to do.” That would be, it is assumed, not running a program as a head coach. As a play caller, Kiffin will be back to his USC roots where he first made a name for himself (beyond that of his father Monte) as an offensive coordinator for the Trojans (2005-06).
Has everyone moved past the "shock/outrage" stage and into the "acceptance" stage yet?
Tenpenny, one of the nation's top-rated running backs in the class of 2013, saw the field in every game as a freshman despite suffering a turf toe injury midway through the season. He ran 22 times for 82 yards and scored his first career touchdown in Alabama's October rout at Kentucky.
He also saw plenty of work on Alabama's special team units, collecting five tackles on kickoff and punt coverage. Bolding said Tenpenny "loves Alabama" and "loves playing there." "He loves competition," Bolding said. Alabama coach Nick Saban often heaped praise upon Tenpenny, who was one of four running backs signed in 2013 but one of just two to see the field in 2013.
You have to think that at least one of the four all-star running backs from last year's class will be making a jump in the coming weeks. Tyren Jones and Alvin Kamara were both redshirted in 2013, so they would be your prime candidates.