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NCAA Football: Florida State Spring Game Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Monday, everyone. Since it’s the offseason, no news is good news. We’ll open with a couple of installments from Travis Reier, who has been ranking the best players Alabama will face this season by position:

1.] Tarvarus McFadden (Jr.), Florida State, Sept.2, Atlanta.

2016 season: First-team All-America choice after tying for the FBS lead in interceptions (eight). Honored with the Jack Tatum Award, which annually goes to the nation's top defensive back. Picked off passes in eight different games, including takeaways from Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Ole Miss' Chad Kelly, Miami's Brad Kaaya and Louisville's Lamar Jackson. Also had six pass breakups.

1.] Derwin James (So.), Florida State, Sept. 2, Atlanta.

2016 season: After being named to several Freshman All-America teams in 2015, highly-anticipated sophomore campaign was cut short by a lateral meniscus tear in Week 2. Opened the season by posting eight total tackles and an interception in the Seminoles' win over Ole Miss, picking up ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors in the process.

Goofy looking links aside, Florida State will likely present the best CB/S tandem that the Tide will face this season, and a former top 10 overall recruit in So. Levonta Taylor is projected as the other starting CB. There will be no room for error in the passing game.

He is, quite simply, a freak. He looks like Derrick Henry 2.0 and runs with that same sort of reckless abandon, too. Had he not broken his right leg in the third quarter of the Clemson game, we’d probably be talking about Saban’s sixth national title right now. If Scarbrough can produce like that over a full season, the Heisman might be back in Tuscaloosa this winter.

Thoughts on that third sentence:

Quick worked his personality on several top recruits, including Utah four-star offensive tackle Penei Sewell, who visited with his family.

"I'm trying to get the best guys to come play at Alabama also," Quick said. "I tell them straight up how it is, that Alabama's the best.

"I hung out with (Sewell) a lot on Sunday. He's a really cool guy. I think he loved 'Bama and his family loved it. I think we definitely have a really good shot with him."

Pierce Quick is a spectacular name. Hopefully the young man can aid in building the class.

No fan of the satellite camp concept, Nick Saban made his debut at one Saturday in Florida.

The outspoken critic of these off-campus gatherings took part in one at the University of South Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Saban didn't speak to the group as a whole, the Times reported, but had conversations off to the side with a few top recruits in attendance.

Saban may not like the concept of satellite camps, but he isn’t going to be the only top program not participating in them.

No. 1 Georgia

Georgia received four first-place and two second-place votes to take the top spot in the SEC East projected order. The Bulldogs disappointed in Year 1 of the Kirby Smart era, finishing 8-5, but return a talented roster led by running back Nick Chubb. Anything short of an SEC East title will result in disappointment in Athens.

Not sure why 8-5 was a disappointment last season, but a Saban-Kirby match in Atlanta would be fun.

The team of seniors Quanesha Burks and Diamond Gause, and freshmen Symone Darius and Takyera Roberson ran the event finals at Eugene, Ore., in 42.56 seconds.

Prior to this season the Crimson Tide record of 43.54 had stood for 30 years (Flora Hyacinth, Sandra Latham, Lillie Leatherwood and Pauline Davis), dating back to the 1987 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Baton Rouge, La.

Broke a 30-year record, eh? Impressive, ladies. Very impressive.

That’s about it for today. Have a great week.

Roll Tide.