Happy Friday, everyone. Not a ton going on right now, but we have some solid reading for you just the same.
20. SS Ronnie Harrison -- Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens will be looking at younger options behind Eric Weddle soon enough and Ozzie Newsome's affinity for his alma mater makes this an easy choice.
Wow, this is the first time I have seen Harrison mentioned as a potential first rounder. If NFL scouts hold him in this regard, the Tide will be replacing the top five veterans in the secondary in 2018.
-- Use of a 15-seat skybox located in the north end zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium and seven additional tickets. Saban is also eligible to receive 12 "general admission" tickets per game.
-- Country club membership: The school will provide a membership to a golf or country club in Tuscaloosa County. Alabama will pay the monthly membership dues while Saban is responsible for all other costs.
-- Athletic apparel: From time to time the University may, but shall not be required to, provide the Employee for personal use athletic shoes and apparel in such amounts as may be determined by the Athletic Director." (So, Greg Byrne has final say how many free pairs of Nikes that Saban can get).
Auburn RB Brad Lester decided he wanted to get cute on Twitter.
The evolution of buses is pretty insane too, Brad.
That’s one ugly vehicle.
Alabama football signee Henry Ruggs is just trying to finish his high school athletic career strong this weekend at the Class 4A-7A state track meet in Gulf Shores.
So far, so good after Day 1.
The Robert E. Lee standout recorded the top time in the Class 7A 100-meter heats on Thursday, running it in 10.77 on a windy day marred by several rain delays.
“It wasn’t great,” Ruggs said. “I got kind of a slow start, but I’ll take it.”
James believes his style fits perfectly with new Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Daboll coached tight ends for the New England Patriots, and is expected to make the tight ends a bigger focal point in Alabama’s offense.
“I’m physical on the line and I’m also able to release, be agile and catch a few passes,” James said. “Having him as a former tight ends coach and him understanding that we like to get the ball in our hands too, it means a lot.”
The pass catchers just keep on coming.
Turner has hit balls off tees and played catch, so the hope is she might contribute during next week’s SEC Tournament at Tennessee. Despite missing 16 games, she leads the team with 43 hits and a .387 batting average.
“It was awesome to see everyone react,” Murphy said about telling the team on Wednesday. “They know how much she misses being out there. I think she will show everybody, if she gets a shot, how excited she is to get back on the field.”
Doesn’t say much about the offense as a whole if a player can miss a third of the season and still lead in hits.
He was also asked why people can't catch Saban and the Tide when it comes to program success.
The answer is easy, according to Kiffin.
"He out-recruits everybody," Kiffin said. "He is relentless at it. It's every day, all year long. Whether it's on the phone, whether it is evaluating guys on film at night at home, he's relentless about developing relationships in recruiting.
"He's got better players than anyone else in the country."
Yes. Yes, he does.
That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.