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The Jumbo Package │04.07.14

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Report: Alabama cornerback Eddie Jackson has a torn ACL |

Alabama sophomore cornerback Eddie Jackson has a torn ACL, ESPN reported a day after he went down in the Saturday scrimmage.  Coach Nick Saban had said Jackson would have an MRI on Sunday to assess the severity of the injury. School officials did not immediately respond to requests to confirm the report.

It's not officially, official yet but yeah, it's official— Jackson is gone for Spring and barring a superman type come back, likely the entire 2014 season as well.

That leaves us with Bradley Sylve, who has been singled out by Saban as one of our top corners, Maurice Smith, who we haven't heard much about, the much-maligned Cyrus Jones, a true freshman with a banged up shoulder (Tony Brown), another true freshman who hasn't even graduated high school yet and an unproven red shirt freshman who hasn't played a down of actual college football (Jonathan Cook).

So, how was your weekend?

Alabama's running back trio, Landon Collins among Tide players having 'great' springs |

"Christion Jones has been really, really good all spring. So has Amari Cooper. Chris Black is developing," Saban said. "Some of the young guys are developing. So we’re pleased with the progress that we’ve made. We feel like there’s three guys if we can throw DeAndrew White in there with Amari Cooper and Christion Jones that have a lot of experience and a lot of ability.

"We also have three running backs that I think have really had good springs so far – T.J. (Yeldon), Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry -- have all been outstanding this spring," he said.

At safety, Landon Collins has "done a really good job," Saban said, and so has junior Geno Smith. Sophomore Eddie Jackson, who will undergo an MRI on his injured knee today, and junior Bradley Sylve were highlighted from the cornerbacks.

So, we have a three headed beast at both wide receiver and running back and our safeties seem to be playing well. We've heard good things concerning our linebackers, some not so good things about the defensive line and really nothing at all about the offensive line (which can be taken multiple different ways).

I'm having a love/hate relationship with Spring practice this year.

Alabama spring football: New coach, slower approach helps secondary | The Montgomery Advertiser

"It’s tremendous," safety Landon Collins said of Smart being his position coach. "He played the position and he knows what’s going on. It’s his defense. ... It’s a tremendous thing for us safeties because he sits down and goes step-by-step on what we need to do and what will make us better players."

Collins feels Williams and Perry, being seniors, know the defense well, and all three of them could be interchangeable at safety. Geno Smith has come along and early enrolled freshman Laurence Jones has picked up the defense quicker than most, Collins said

Between Collins, Perry, Williams and Smith I'm fairly confident our safeties will be a strength this year but just like at corner, where experience is thin, we can't afford any injuries, especially to Collins or Williams. I would hate to have to rely on Perry, Smith and a bunch of inexperienced corners to lock down our defensive back field.

Hope for the best.

Alabama's First Scrimmage of the Spring in the Books - ROLLTIDE.COM

Senior quarterback Blake Sims led the offense with 227 yards while completing 70 percent of his passes (16 of 23) and tossing two touchdowns.

Kenyan Drake rushed for 60 yards with a touchdown, while Tyren Jones had 49 yards and Derrick Henry and Altee Tenpenny had 40 each.

T.J. Yeldon carried four times for 20 yards.

Junior Amari Cooper rolled up 190 receiving yards and two scores, including a 75-yard strike from Sims.

Senior Christion Jones hauled in three passes for 23 yards and freshman Cam Sims caught two balls for 48 yards.

Here are the stats from the scrimmage incase you missed them in yesterday's JP.

Photo gallery of game action inside closed Alabama football scrimmage |

The game action of Saturday's spring scrimmage was closed to the media and general public. But Alabama released photos from the school photographers of the action. Take a look above at the shots above to get a feel for who is paired together on the same units.

Aaaaannnnnnnd the first image is of Henry stiff arming what looks to be Cyrus Jones. /*NameRedacted*AKACJ nods his head

Decision Day: Dual-threat QB Jauan Jennings set to announce commitment |

Auburn and Alabama join Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Northwestern as finalists to land the four-star prospect.  Jennings is rated as the nation's No. 13 athlete in the 2015 recruiting class by the 247Sports Composite. In his first season at quarterback, Jennings threw for 1,465 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2013. He added 815 yards and 10 scores on the ground and played a key role on defense at safety.

My completely uneducated, shooting from the hip guess? Ohio State. But I wouldn't hate the idea of him playing safety at Bama.

No. 5 Crimson Tide Closes out its Regular-Season Home Slate with 4-0 win over Missouri - ROLLTIDE.COM

Alabama won three-straight singles matches to complete the shutout over the Tigers getting victories from Spielmann, Routliffe and Maya Jansen. Spielmann was first to finish, beating Stuhlmann, 6-1, 6-1, on court two before Routliffe, ranked 57th, posted a 6-1, 6-3 win on court three over Madison Rhyner. No. 82 Jansen then clinched her second-straight match with a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Spearman on court four. The remaining three matches would go unfinished. Alabama will

It's easy to look past some of our other sports but (W) tennis is #5, mens golf is #1, gymnastics #4, baseball #21 (in the NCAA rankings, #15 in Baseball America's poll) and softball is currently #1.

I'll say it again, Alabama is not just a football school.

Crimson Tide Claims Victory at the Mason Rudolph Championship - ROLLTIDE.COM

The No. 1 Alabama men's golf got back in the win column on Sunday with a nine-shot victory at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the par 71, 7,100-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club. The Crimson Tide shot 12-under-par 272 in the final round to overcome Vanderbilt's two-shot lead entering the day and win by nine strokes (5-under 847) for its sixth win of the season. The 272 was the lowest round of the tournament, nine shots better than Alabama's opening round and Mercer's final round.

Can we avoid using the word "claim" when it comes to actual victories we've won on the course? Or is it fairway? Putting green? Sorry, I don't do golf. Roll Tide, anyway.

NCAA President Mark Emmert decries college union effort

But as the environment around college athletics has grown more uncertain during the past year, it appears the NCAA is poised to reveal a new structure this summer that will allow the 65 schools in so-called "power conferences" some measure of autonomy to enact rules while allowing nearly 300 other schools that make up the rest of Division I to still compete in events like the men's basketball championship.

Looks into his crystal ball and sees what the summer will have in store for conversations on RBR...


Saban Press Conference Following First Scrimmage: