Led by budding star A'Shawn Robinson, the Tide should have the biggest and best front seven in college football this year. The 6-4, 316-pound Robinson has a great first step, awesome power and long arms and is primed for a dominant 2015, I'm told. He's got a better sense of things now that he's had two seasons in Saban's system. Scarier still is the level of talent around him. Jarran Reed's an athletic 315-pound senior while junior Dalvin Tomlinson is a 295-pound former prep wrestling champ who can be unblockable. Former top-five recruit Da'Shawn Hand, up to 275 pounds, is living up to his hype while 310-pound freshman O.J. Smith is athletic and relentless and will be a force before too long.
The quarterback position will continue to get headlines, but if this front seven is as good as advertised there will be significantly more room for error at the position. Nothing helps the secondary like stuffing the run and getting after the passer without having to blitz, either. Saban has been collecting insane talent here over the last few classes. Can't wait to see them in action.
Denzel Devall and Ryan Anderson, who both missed A-Day due to injuries, may wind up as Alabama's starting outside linebackers. Regardless, Evans, Williams and Lee all figure to be part of the Tide's rotation at the position. "I think for sure there's a role for everybody," Lee said. "There's always a role for everybody. You've got to have everybody working towards one goal. And especially at outside linebacker, we've got a bunch of guys that can do a bunch of different things and help our team, whether it's pass rushing or playing the run."
From what I saw last year, Devall should have some stiff competition at the Jack spot, particularly on passing downs. He's solid against the run but just doesn't quite have the burst off the edge that Evans and Anderson possess.
Part of the reason it doesn't make sense to Saban? He's not allowed do it. Saban is restricted, like other SEC and ACC coaches, from participating in camps more than 50 miles from campus. Big Ten coaches, including Nebraska's Mike Riley, who embraced them as Oregon State's coach last summer, and Penn State's James Franklin can go wherever they want.
Interesting, Jim Delany. Your incessant whining resulted in the SEC's hard cap of 25 scholarships per year. Now it's your turn - I'm sure you wouldn't want your football coaches engaged in recruiting tactics that are outlawed by other conferences, would you? Certainly not.
Chris Owens, three-star offensive guard from Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas, committed to Alabama on Wednesday morning. Owens (6-foot-3, 315-pounds) visited Tuscaloosa on Monday. He is recruited by Alabama assistant coaches Mel Tucker and Mario Cristobal. He has several other scholarship offers including Texas, Texas A&M, and LSU.
Owens is actually a four-star on the 247 composite and is another impressive pull from Texas who held offers from both of the flagship programs in that state plus LSU. Alabama has really made some strides in the Lone Star state recently.
First things first: There are no depth charts. This is purely for entertainment purposes. But after 15 Alabama spring football practices, it’s not unfair to pencil in a few names on what an alleged depth chart might resemble. This is based on observations from spring practice and the A-Day Game. Please note this will not include incoming freshman who have not arrived.
Looks as good as any, but obviously very fluid at QB and OL.
Auburn is the prohibitive favorite headed into the final day. He recently attended the school's A-Day spring game and has been on campus multiple times in the past. All of the predictions on his 247Sports' Crystal Ball page have him committing to the Tigers.
Most don't seem to give the Tide much of a chance here, but since Alabama was listed as a finalist the announcement is newsworthy.
You have an opportunity to watch Alabama beat Tennessee on ESPN tonight. Any questions?
The Southeastern Conference today announced winners of the league's 2015 postseason awards. The Alabama women's tennis team landed a pair of student-athletes on the All-SEC First Team, while senior captain Emily Zabor was honored with the Crimson Tide's fifth-consecutive Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Awesome. Roll Tide and Congrats to Emily.
On Wednesday, several Crimson Tide players, including defensive end Jonathan Allen, center Ryan Kelly and wide receiver Chris Black, participated in a photo shoot. The photos they posed for will likely be used for various game-day programs, promotions and videos in and around Bryant-Denny Stadium and campus next season.
If the whole football thing doesn't work out, maybe these dudes can carve out a career as fashion models.