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Jumbo Package: Tuesday 24 February 2015

Various Alabama stuff.

Couple of potential breakout players? Spring is almost here, y'all.
Couple of potential breakout players? Spring is almost here, y'all.
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NFL Combine 2015: Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston on opposite ends of 40-time spectrum | NFL | Sporting News
Here are the unofficial recorded 40 times for QB prospects at the Combine, in order from quickest to slowest.  (First attempt, second attempt)

Marcus Mariota, Oregon — 4.52, 4.56

Nick Marshall, Auburn — 4.60, 4.54

Blake Sims, Alabama — 4.59, 4.58

I commented during the season that Blake looked about as fast as any QB in college football, including Marshall and Mariota. Sure enough, there is basically no difference between them except for Blake's 5'11", 218 lb. frame that allowed him a bit more power between the tackles than his lankier counterparts. I maintain that a failure to tailor the offense a bit more to maximize this part of Blake's game, one that he had demonstrated so well in previous seasons, was a missed opportunity that could have eliminated some of the mid-game offensive struggles we saw at times. Kiffin received plenty of well-deserved praise for Sims's development in the passing game, but it certainly would have been nice to have seen more of this:

Good times, that 2012. Good times.

Alabama, Auburn among schools contending for running back Carlin Fils-Aime | AL.com

Fils-Aime plans on studying law, but has not explored many campuses yet. He's been to Miami for a tour and Florida for a track meet. He plans on visiting Alabama and Auburn, along with other schools in the Southeast, this summer when he takes a trip to North Carolina.He also holds offers from Boston College, Duke, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Young man plans on studying law, yet he has Auburn on his list? I mean, Auburn has a pre-law offering, but that would be like an aspiring gourmet chef taking his internship at Golden Corral.

SEC pre-spring position rankings: QB - SEC Blog - ESPN

10. Alabama: Anecdotally, Alabama has loads of talent at quarterback. Whether it's Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell or Blake Barnett, you're talking about a top-five passer coming out of high school. And then you have to consider Jake Coker, who wasn't a hot commodity as a prep but developed into one while at Florida State. So in spite of all that talent, how did Blake Sims, a former three-star recruit and part-time running back, beat everyone but the freshman Barnett out for the job last year? Now Sims is gone and there's little evidence to suggest anyone on the roster will run away with the job.

There is also little evidence that the talent on hand will produce the tenth-best QB play out of 14 teams. Mark my words, whoever wins the job will be well above average in the conference under Lane Kiffin's tutelage.

Who's the next star for Alabama? Ex-Tide players at NFL Combine list 19 to watch | AL.com

"Robert Foster, Chris Black, (ArDarius) Stewart. I think those guys are going to come in and be the leadership of the wideout group next year. "Those guys made plays in games. They played in game. Chris Black has most definitely played in games and made plays. ArDarius Stewart has also played in games and made plays so those guys have experience. They're going to be the guys to lead the team."

Interesting to hear these takes from the outgoing players. Needless to say, the play of the receivers will go a long way toward determining the success of the QB and the offense as a whole. There is again plenty of talent and the competition should be fierce. I tend to agree with Christion on these three, with Cam Sims and Calvin RIdley making a push as well.

SEC underclassmen built for the NFL scouting combine - ESPN

CB Tony Brown, Alabama: Brown is one of four Crimson Tide football players who double up with track and field. He played sparingly as a freshman last fall, but the expectations are high for the former five-star defensive back. On the track, he's the team's fastest runner in the 60-meter hurdles, and he recently ran the 60-meter dash in 6.82 seconds.

College football redshirt freshmen who could break out in 2015 - College Football - SI.com

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama One of two five-star cornerbacks in Alabama’s 2014 recruiting class, Humphrey was at a disadvantage to play as a true freshman. Unlike Tony Brown, he didn’t enroll early. After a year on the sidelines, however, he should be poised to make an impact. Though the depth chart remains crowded—Brown, Cyrus Jones, Eddie Jackson and Bradley Sylve all return—there’s plenty of room for improvement in the Crimson Tide’s secondary, especially on the heels of star safety Landon Collins’ departure for the NFL. Expect Humphrey to get some chances.

Good to see the two young returning CBs getting some love. Under the tutelage of Coach Mel Tucker, Tide fans have reason for optimism when it comes to the secondary. Just have to find those two starting safeties.

SEC still projected to get 6 teams in NCAA tournament, which ones? | AL.com

Georgia has the worst record of the three (17-9) with games against Kentucky and Ole Miss still on the schedule, LSU (19-8) has the lowest RPI of trio, and Texas A&M (19-7) has no wins over teams in the RPI top 50. The Aggies are one of Palm's last four in, while LSU is one of Lunardi's last four byes.

Unfortunately the Tide isn't on this list for obvious reasons, but we should probably root for the conference to get as many bids as possible if only for credibility purposes.

Rashaan Evans' younger brother Alex commits to Alabama track and field | AL.com

Alex Evans, the younger brother of Alabama freshman outside linebacker Rashaan Evans, has committed to run track at the University of Alabama. Evans' father Alan confirmed the news to AL.com. Alex Evans posted the news on his Twitter handle recently.

It has been well publicized that Alan was a backup RB for Auburn in the 1980s. He now has two sons who will attend Alabama on athletic scholarships. Roll Tide, Alex.

Jalston Fowler tells story of 'bumping heads' with Nick Saban in practice, apology that followed | AL.com

It wasn't something that lingered since they cleared the air right there, right then. So was Fowler surprised by the quick apology? "I was at first but we're both grown men and we were both wrong, so we were both at fault," he said. "So both of us had to be the bigger man and apologize to each other in front of everybody."

Jalston made a few funny quips about his time in Tuscaloosa. Video is only six minutes and worth the watch.

Baseball Hosts Tuesday Doubleheader with Savannah State - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

FOLLOW THE TIDE Fans can watch/follow this weekend's games via the below outlets:

Gametracker: RollTide.com

Watch: SECN+

Listen: 99.1 FM/CTSN

Lee Tracey

Twitter: @AlabamaBSB

Tide baseball continues the season today at home. Good thing it wasn't scheduled for tomorrow, eh?