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Jumbo Package: Meet Ed, the Louisinanny

Coach O is making waves while protecting his turf from outsiders.

Happy Friday, everyone. We have some Alabama news for you, but we’ll start with a deep thought experiment inspired by Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel. As Erik mentioned yesterday, Coach O is going out of his way to keep other major programs from camping in Louisiana.

Mumme is correct. By using its influence over other public colleges in the state, as well as area high schools, Orgeron is trying to limit competition for in-state players. It is, as Mumme announced, unfair to state residents because it also limits opportunity.

Parents and high school coaches should speak out. Orgeron was named head coach at LSU last winter, not state nanny.

Are we sure about that last line, Dan? Let’s explore:

  • He has an annoying voice that is best interpreted by locals and spent time in sales.
  • His previous suitor spurned him for someone younger.
  • He was brought in to temporarily watch the children by their father AD Joe Alleva, filling a void left by a departed parental figure, and somehow ended up sticking around.
  • Everyone watching knows that the two butlers coordinators are the brains behind the operation.

I don’t know, Dan. Seems like Ed fits the bill.

OK, enough shenanigans. Moving on, Alabama has apparently found the replacement for JK Scott:

Alabama head coach Nick Saban gave DeLong the offer himself, making the Fort Mill (S.C.) Nation Ford product the only punter offered by the Tide.

“He just told me I’m the guy he wants, and I was ready to play for him,” DeLong said.

That’s about how it usually works, right? I am legitimately surprised that Saban committed a full 8% of his annual allotment by offering a scholarship to a punter and a kicker in the same class. He must have been very impressed with young Skyler.

Of course, sticking it to Tennessee is always fun, too, especially when it involves pulling a punter away from the self-adorned punter U (Sad!)

Alabama has also apparently hired a new Director of Football Recruiting, an administrative role that assists in all things recruiting:

Leah is a 2013 graduate of the University and gets to come home after a brief stop at Colorado State in a similar role.

Can someone -- anyone -- help me understand the "upset alert" designation for Alabama as it relates to its trip to Mississippi State on November 11?

Other than #ourtime logic, what exactly are some people seeing in State for 2017 that has them thinking/writing/saying the Bullies are a decent bet to knock off a Nick Saban-coached team for the first time since 2007?

This is simple. They’ve given up on LSU and Auburn.

Brown is ranked as the No. 162 overall recruit and No. 14 offensive tackle, but said he'd play guard and learn to snap if it meant getting on the field quicker.

Tommy’s dad threw the shot-put at Alabama in the ‘80s. You have to like the “whatever it takes” mentality.

Stallings' peripheral vision in his right eye is gone, he said. "I can raise my right arm straight up. I just can't see it."

He did, however, say he can turn his head, and that he is in good health.

Stallings said doctors told him to stay away from "anything work-wise" for six weeks.

"I'm creeping up on that time," he said. "They said quote, 'just rest my brain for a while."

Great to hear that Coach is recovering nicely.

The SEC Offensive Player of the Year might have been able to shake off that first play, but his fumble issues persisted. He ended up with 11, and five lost.

His fumble against Kentucky, when he was set to pass only to lose his grip on the ball, was credited as a team fumble. Had it been attributed to Hurts, he would have finished tied for second for most fumbles lost last season along with six other players, including Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, one behind Virginia Tech’s Jerod Evans.

All of the players with six or more fumbles were quarterbacks, which shouldn’t surprise anyone.

As mentioned, QBs who run around a good bit tend to be somewhat fumble-prone. Hopefully a full season under his belt will help cut down on some of it.

This spring, Diggs worked at cornerback and has seen time with the first defensive group. He started at cornerback with the first-team defense during Alabama’s A-Day spring game.

Diggs was beat deep on a few occasions, but he continued to play hard throughout the scrimmage. If Diggs holds on to a starting role, it would allow Alabama to keep Minkah Fitzpatrick at safety where his leadership and play-making skills can be utilized.

There are enough blue chip candidates for the open CB spot to assuage most fears, but we definitely need to see something better than what we saw at A-Day. If Diggs is the guy, here’s hoping that the growing pains are held to a minimum.

On Thursday, the Lions picked up two candidates with Alabama football roots to fill the opening left by Decker's injury. Detroit traded a sixth-round choice in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Rams for former Auburn standout Greg Robinson and signed free-agent Cyrus Kouandjio, a former Alabama standout.

Interesting storyline here as it’s going to be an Iron Bowl battle for a roster spot. Good luck to Cyrus on his new opportunity.

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

Roll Tide.