Running backs T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry landed on HeismanPundit.com's 25-man post-spring watch list and both were included on a similar list by SI.com. On SI.com, Yeldon was pegged in the "frontrunner" category, quarterback Jacob Coker, who arrived from Florida State just a few days ago, was tabbed in "The Next Level" and Henry was labeled a "darkhorse."
Question my gumpitude, but I think including Henry on a Heisman watch list (even as a dark horse) is laughable. Just based on how the running back position has been handled the last five years, I would wager there is almost no chance that Henry will end up with more carries than Yeldon (barring an injury).
"He's got plenty of time to sort of try to get adjusted," Saban said. "I think the big thing is that our plan is that he can just stay focused on what he needs to do to be a good player. He needs to be himself and play quarterback the way he can play it. "If he can do a good job of executing his offense, I think we've got good enough players around him that we can help him be successful and he can help us be successful."
Is it just me, or have we graduated from trying to show a semblance of a quarterback competition? No, the A-day game couldn't have made the picture any clearer. Jacob Coker is you 2014 starting quarterback. From day one.
Nick Saban talking before Crimson Caravan in Atlanta
The university that produced Bart Starr, Joe Namath and Ken Stabler has gone 38 years without a first-round pick at quarterback. Arkansas, Mississippi State and South Carolina are the only other SEC teams without a first-round quarterback since 1977.
Richard Todd in 1976 was the Crimson Tide's last quarterback to be picked in the opening round. AJ McCarron is widely projected to be drafted in the second or third round this week.
Never bet against a pissed-off Nick.
1. Alabama: The free-agent signing -- er -- transfer of Jacob Coker makes sure the circle will be unbroken for the Tide. They'll contend and possibly win it all. This may be Saban's best group of tailbacks -- T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake. New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is in a perfect spot. He'll only call plays the head coach wants. That seems to have worked well in the past. Oh, yeah, and Auburn comes to T-Town.
Heck, Nick Saban called his latest analyst an “intern,” bringing to mind coffee runs, car washes and other frivolity -- which couldn’t be further from the truth. This intern happened to be Tosh Lupoi, the 32-year-old former defensive line coach and super recruiter who earned $350,000 at Washington in 2013. Lupoi could hire an army of pimply faced undergrads if he wanted. He wasn’t brought in by Alabama to run errands.
“He's got a lot of good experience both coaching and recruiting,” Saban said of Lupoi earlier this spring. “He didn't get a job this year, didn't have any issues relative to the way we checked him out with the NCAA, which we do with everybody that we hire.
“He's going to be an intern that helps us some in recruiting, a lot in the electronic media part of recruiting, which is something that we feel like we need to improve.”
The Alabama Department of Public Safety confirmed to AL.com on Tuesday night that former Alabama football player Marcell Dareus was arrested in Cleburne County on Monday.Sergeant Steve Jarrett confirmed that at roughly 8:30 p.m. on Monday an Alabama State Trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding on Interstate 20 at Exit 210 in Cleburne County.
Dareus was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jarrett confirmed the substance was "spice" or synthetic cannabis.