Happy Monday, everyone. It was a big weekend for Alabama fans as Derrick Henry took home the Heisman and the basketball team scored a solid road win. We also had news that Alabama is in on a graduate transfer QB. The latest on Dakota Prukop:
Prukop told AL.com in a text that his Alabama visit was "a really awesome, neat experience. I would describe their facilities as a historic, luxurious design." Both schools are slated to lose seniors at the position and have open quarterback competitions in the spring. Prukop is set to graduate from Montana State this fall and be eligible as a senior at his school of choice next season.
He will reportedly decide this afternoon and will be an early enrollee at the school of his choice. The latter is a key point - odds are that Alabama would not be in on him otherwise. It would be difficult to bring a new QB in just before fall camp and have him ready to beat the USC Trojans a month later.
Other Bama news:
But there was also plenty of spotty quarterback play around the SEC this season. Not so for the teams in the playoffs, from No. 1 Clemson to the Spartans and No. 4 Oklahoma. All have proven quarterbacks and abundant playmakers. "We're going to face better offenses," Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick said, "so we're going to have to prove it over and over."
There is no question that the Alabama defense will be facing the best offenses it has seen all season, and no question that those offenses will be facing the best defense they have all season. Such is life in the post-season. The rest of the country is really hoping that those offenses are able to light up Alabama again to further the trend toward ADHD football. They are really hoping, y'all.
The number of running backs who could carry the ball 46 times in a rivalry game in late November, as Henry did against Auburn, is small. The number who could gain 271 yards under such circumstances is smaller still. And the number of running backs who, one week later, in a conference championship game, could carry the ball 44 more times for another 189 yards, is one. "He did as much for his team as anybody could have done or ever has done for any of our teams," Saban said.
Sums up Derrick's credentials perfectly. All of those who are diminishing Derrick's accomplishments based on the number of carries should be required to run the football between the tackles 90 times in seven days against SEC defenses.
You too can be lifted to that lofty venue of Alabama fans with no credentials or qualifications at all. For a few months in the fall, you can forget about being behind on your mobile home payments, forget that your 1984 pickup truck is falling apart, forget that you just got laid off at the mill making minimum wage, and sit back in the recliner and be the lord of your domain while laughing at all those stupid Auburn fans. "Roll Tide!"
If you needed another reason to ignore the Huffington Post, here's one.
Obasohan finished the night with a career-high 23 points. He shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and 9-of-16 from the field. Shannon Hale was the only other Alabama player to finish the night in double figures (12 points). Clemson took its first lead since the opening minutes of the game with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Clemson held onto its slim 50-49 lead until Hale took a steal all the way to the rim to give Alabama the lead with 19 seconds remaining.
Big win for the Tide in the first game without star freshman Dazon Ingram. Coach Avery Johnson is doing work.
Alabama will face Michigan State in the College Football Playoff semifinals with 29 graduates on its roster. That's the most graduates the Tide has had on its roster at one time since Nick Saban took over as coach in 2007.
Players come to Alabama to win championships and get drafted, their Mommas send them to Alabama because they know there will be discipline instilled...
"It appears that the victim (Nkemdiche) broke the window and then walked approximately 15 feet and climbed over a wall and fell approximately 15 feet," read the report. Members of the GI Squad, the Narcotics Unit and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, according to the report, which was released Sunday afternoon to The Clarion-Ledger. An Atlanta Police Department spokesperson wasn’t certain Sunday afternoon whether charges would be filed against Nkemdiche.
...unlike some other places.
"It was an unfortunate thing that a good friend of mine and our quarterback, AD got hurt. I stepped in and I've got to play better. I'm not trying to find any excuses. I'm going to play better," McCarron said in his postgame press conference. "I will work my tail off this week, finally being able to get some reps and run the offense all week and I will do whatever I need to do to not let them down," McCarron added.
All of a sudden, our own AJ McCarron is a starting NFL quarterback, leading his team into the playoffs. As an NFL Sunday Ticket subscriber, I will be tuning in to watch him. Roll Tide, AJ.
That's enough for today. Have a great week, everyone. Roll Tide.