Happy Monday, everyone. There isn’t a ton to report as the Tide continue their traditional camp-style bowl season workouts. The big news of the day is the AP Coach of the Year award, for which Nick Saban is a finalist.
UCF’s Josh Heupel, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Alabama’s Nick Saban are the finalists for The Associated Press national college football coach of the year after leading their teams to unbeaten regular seasons.
The winner will be announced Monday at noon EST.
Saban rarely wins any of these awards as voters hold the talent level against him, somehow discounting the recruiting and player development part of the job that is so critical. Be hopeful, but figure on one of the other two to win.
Tua seems to be on schedule.
-- Tua Tagovailoa was out there doing the same practice load as Friday but without the sleeve on his left ankle. Instead, there was heavy taping on the leg where he suffered the high-ankle sprain two weeks ago.
-- A few of the players were late to the practice field because they were graduating across the driveway in Coleman Coliseum. Jalen Hurts got a standing ovation when receiving his diploma.
Yes, Jalen did. Check it out:
Standing ovation when he takes the field. Standing ovation when he walks the stage. Congrats + a big #RollTide to the legend himself, @JalenHurts #BamaGrad #WhereLegendsAreMade pic.twitter.com/aq6AnaHKqw— The Univ. of Alabama (@UofAlabama) December 15, 2018
The man is a local hero at this point. It will be interesting to see what happens with him going forward.
Tide players say they are over the Heisman.
Tagovailoa is fighting to get back on the field after suffering a high-ankle sprain two weeks ago against Georgia. They have his back in the locker room.
“That’s our teammate, it’s our brother, our leader,” said safety Deionte Thompson. “So, of course, I feel like everybody wanted him to win. I wanted him to win, but he came up short. It’s nothing personal. Kyler had a great season. Tua did a great job this season. The Heisman Trophy ceremony is over and done with.”
Just get that ring, men.
Maria Taylor challenged Saban to a little hoops competition. Spoiler: the old man won a close one.
Why, it just so happens that you can purchase one of those fancy A-class Mercedes at Nick Saban’s dealership. What a coincidence.
Last, Alabama players tore it up in week 15 of the NFL, starting with Derrick Henry who followed up his breakout game with another huge performance.
Derrick Henry had 33 carries, 170 rush yards, 2 TD vs the Giants.— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 16, 2018
Henry is the first player with 170+ rush yards and 2+ rush TD in consecutive games since our guy @LT_21 in Weeks 8-9, 2006.@KingHenry_2
BTW nobody has ever reached those marks in 3 straight games.
Perhaps the Titans and Henry have figured it out. Enjoy these clips of other former Tide stars.
Minkah Fitzpatrick takes it back for six!— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 16, 2018
TEX stunt on the Kerrigan sack. Daron Payne goes first, takes out the RG, RB and RT, leaves Kerrigan with a free lane inside to the QB for the sack. #Redskins pic.twitter.com/BJMiseMrrM— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) December 16, 2018
Eddie Jackson with the interception #BamaBusts pic.twitter.com/4dCTnlREtn— Alabama DieHards (@AlabamaDieHards) December 16, 2018
.@marlon_humphrey INT!— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2018
Then you gotta get the with the squad to celebrate. pic.twitter.com/X84Fgeja43
That was pretty. #DETvsBUF #GoBills pic.twitter.com/qYAyqWmhIg— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 16, 2018
YOU CAN'T COVER JULIO JONES. pic.twitter.com/5gmtjIJSHZ— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 16, 2018
They’re taking over the league, y’all.
That’s about it for today. Have a great week.