On Jake Coker not being invited to the Combine and his outlook as an NFL quarterback: "I think Jake has a lot of upside. Jake only has one year where he played and was really `the man'. I think the reason Jake didn't get invited to the combine wasn't because of Jake; I think it's because there were 97 juniors that came out. I think that's an issue and a problem that we need to address with the NFL, because it's unfair to some of the seniors that all those guys get invited, and some of them aren't ranked as highly as the seniors who they know more about. I think Jake is going to do just fine. He is going to need to continue to develop. He's got a great arm that can make all the throws. For his size, he's very athletic, and I think people are going to like that."
Nick Saban wasn't the only one who thinks Coker can develop into a pro. Following Coker's workout yesterday, a few scouts moved Coker into 6th or 7th round. You can't coach that size.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Derrick Henry spent much of Alabama's pro day as a spectator, even breaking out his phone to time teammates on at least one drill. At the end, the Crimson Tide's Heisman Trophy-winning tailback took on another unfamiliar role: Lining up wide to run routes downfield and catch balls from quarterback Jake Coker. With dozens of NFL scouts, executives and coaches watching, the 6-foot-3, 243-pounder aimed to show he's more than a between-the-tackles running back.
Henry spent yesterday almost exclusively lining up outside and catching passes. The unknown for Henry is whether he can be an every down player in a pass-happy NFL. Gil Brandt, among others, loved what they saw from Derrick's hands.
When asked if Henry needed a special offense or a certain fit to be successful, he said "all I need is a line." And, it won't even have to be a particularly good one, either.
Defensive tackle Jarran Reed -- 6-3 1/2, 310 -- had an outstanding workout. He's competitive, strong, flexible and can change directions. The only thing that makes Reed wonder about him a bit is that he only had one sack last season. Still, Reed will be a first-round draft pick and play in the NFL for a long time.
Mayock moved Reed into his top-5 DL alongside A'Shawn Robinson. Other Alabama players that only helped themselves yesterday included Cyrus Jones, Ryan Kelly (who has been the buzz post-combine,) Dillon Lee, Jake Coker, and DJ Pettway -- many teams want the latter to shed some pounds and play the outside consistently instead of lining up on the DL.
All-in-all, it was a very good showing by Tide players. Bradley Sylve obviously was out, as was Kenyan Drake, who was still healing up from various wounds and injuries.
SEC Now's Tony Delk, Daymeon Fishback, and Dane Bradshaw break down the keys to success in the Ole Miss vs. Alabama matchup.
It will be a guard game, although Ole Miss has Alabama beat in length at nearly every position. The emergence of Donta' Hall down low has been of great benefit to the Tide, and it will need Shannon Hale's contributions too. Ole Miss doesn't play particularly good defense, so the Tide has a chance to steal tons of cheap baskets as it did at the New Tad earlier this season.
In yesterday's sole SEC Tournament
meteor matchup game, Tennessee painted the court with Auburn's steaming entrails, 97-59.
We'll have your coverage here later today, as eight teams tip off, including the Tide at 6:00 p.m. CST.
1971 Alabama (11-1) Results vs. AP top 25: No. 1 Nebraska (L, 6-38), No. 5 Auburn (W, 31-7), No. 5 USC (W, 17-10), No. 14 Tennessee (W, 32-15), No. 18 LSU (W, 14-7). All-Americans: RB Johnny Musso, T John Hannah, DE Robin Parkhouse After just 28 wins in four years, Bryant's tenure in Alabama was at a crossroads. The Tide adapted a new offense and put the finishing touches on one of their best defenses ever, and voila: greatness again. An Orange Bowl loss to Nebraska was one of just 11 the Tide would suffer between 1971 and 1979.
1971 was #blessed year, when you look at Oklahoma and Nebraska, as well. That said, while No. 1 won't particularly shock you, No. 2 might.
The NCAA playing rules oversight panel approved on Tuesday a proposal by the rules committee to expand instant replay officials' authority regarding targeting fouls. Replay officials now will be able to call ''egregious'' targeting penalties missed by on-field officials. They also will have more flexibility to overturn incorrect targeting calls.
We finally have some definition of when the booth guys can step in -- when it's "egregious." Since the word means "shockingly bad," then we're left with yet another subjective definition. Are we talking a shockingly bad hit in the SEC or B12? Are we talking BYU's brand of objectively shockingly-bad? Are we offending Memphis' sensibilities or Wake Forest? Blech. Targeting: Never has such a well-intentioned rule been so poorly defined and enforced. I fear we're left with Justice Potter Stewart's notion of obscenity [well, hard-core pornography]: "I know it when I see it." Then again, try and ask the NFL guys what a catch is and watch their heads explode.