What Alabama players think of Auburn, playing in Iron Bowl
The Hoover product definitely grew up in an Iron Bowl family. His father, Bobby Humphrey, was a star running back at Alabama.
He wore a red wig to school as a kid during the intense rivalry week. Everyone knows Auburn's loss to Georgia two weeks ago took the SEC West title implications away from Saturday's game.
Humphrey said that isn't a thought inside the Alabama complex.
"I guess we ignore that talk," he said. " We are not really thinking about losing, to be honest. I don't know. Losing to me isn't something to me to even be thinking about, or the playoff. We are kind of just focused on the next game."
Marlon Humphrey knows what’s up. Not only has he been properly Processed by Nick Saban, he also has come to realize that Auburn isn’t even worth sparing a moment of your time to hate on or care about whatsoever.
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Linebacker Adonis Thomas (Northwest Mississippi Community College)
Most recent game: Thomas had six tackles during a 38-30 loss to East Mississippi Community College in the semifinal round of the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) championship game.
Season stats (11 games): 64 tackles, 11 stops for a loss, six sacks, five additional quarterback hurries, one pick-six and a forced fumble
Team record: 9-2
Adonis Thomas was one of my early favorites from his recruiting class, so his departure was a bit disappointing for me (though not as devastating as Daylon Charlot leaving). It looks like he’s had an impressive season in the JUCO ranks, and I hope he does well with whichever college program he goes to next.
Jonathan Cook has also been doing quite well for himself in Memphis, and he actually leads the team in tackles with 70.
Tailback Damien Harris says Alabama offense helped by Tide defense
Alabama sophomore tailback Damien Harris is the Crimson Tide’s leading rusher this year, but no one would suggest he has been overburdened. In 11 games Harris has 115 carries for 850 yards, a nice 7.4 yards per carry.It was a little bit of a surprise when Harris was asked if he gets worn down when he has to run the ball a lot. “For the most part, that’s what you train for,” Harris said. “As a running back, you expect to get the ball every play. I know that’s not realistic, but you kind of train yourself and condition yourself to be able to handle the situation where you can get the ball every play.”
This one is a good interview with Damien Harris on how he trains and prepares as a running back. He mentions Derrick Henry’s 46-carry performance against Auburn last year as one of the most amazing thing’s he has ever witnessed. He also gives a few of his own insights into the Iron Bowl rivalry.
2017 NFL Mock Draft: Bears tab Mitch Trubisky as the future at QB
Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama: Jacksonville has invested heavily in the defensive line, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Jaguars do so again if a talent like Allen is available for them.
Dane Brugler has Jonathan Allen going 4th overall in his newest mock draft. He also has Marlon Humphrey at 9, Tim Williams at 10, Reuben Foster at 13, and Cam Robinson at 23.
I’m personally not convince that Tim Williams will even go first round, let alone in the top 10. I could obviously be wrong, but I think a combination of a sub-par showing at the combine, a one-trick-pony skill-set, and a lack of every-down trust in college will end up dropping him a little further than most of us expect.
On the other hand, I am almost positive Cam Robinson will go higher than many expect. He’s been nearly perfect for much of the season and will likely test very well at the combine. He also has the advantage of this year shaping up to be a weak class for offensive tackles— it will likely push up the demand for him.
I really think Marlon Humphrey needs to stay another year. If he doesn’t, however, there’s a good chance that a team will fall in love with his size, athleticism, and hype and over-draft him.
49ers place Eric Reid on IR, promote Vinnie Sunseri
Sunseri, who was a fifth-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2014 out of the University of Alabama, was signed to the practice squad on November 1. Sunseri has been limited to nine games in his NFL career due to injury and had five tackles on defense and six tackles on special teams for the Saints in 2014.
Go Vinnie! I didn’t realize he was even still in the league, but he’s been hanging around and made it onto San Fran’s practice squad just a few weeks ago and has already been promoted. A safety/linebacker hybrid, I think that Sunseri will actually be a pretty good fit for the 9ers defense.
Here’s to hoping he can take the opportunity and carve a role for himself on the team going forward.