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Alabama Football: Nick Saban gives injury updates on Josh Jacobs, Stephon Wynn

Josh Jacobs has had the worst sort of injury luck. From late season injuries as a freshman, to nagging hamstrings and foot injuries the past 12 months, the explosive, Ingram-like Jacobs hasn’t had the impact that he could. He’s valuable to the passing offense and hits the hole harder than any running back on the roster.

“He’s absolutely 100 percent,” said Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s had a really good first five days of camp. He’s very explosive, very quick, very fast. Doesn’t seem to have any issue. Been able to take all the reps. Done extremely well.”

Hmmmm. Not sure if this is coachspeak or a snow job by Saban to get in Petrino’s head. Saban doesn’t give much away if he has to. But, if Jacobs is really is, and can stay, at 100% then it is a great lift to Alabama’s passing game and another bruising option out of the backfield.

Nick Saban addresses critical comments from Alabama QB Jalen Hurts on position battle - CBSSports.com

If Nick Saban was upset with Jalen Hurts’ comments, he sure wasn’t showing his hand. In a very candid statement, he said that Hurts was absolutely entitled to share his feelings with everyone on the roster and on the coaching staff. For now, the job has yet to be won. And it’s not affected the team...allegedly:

“Every player has a right to express what he feels and what he thinks,” Saban said. “I think he has every right to do that with every coach in the organization that he has relationships with, which we certainly do quite often. Look, this is probably a lot more important to people outside this organization than people inside. This doesn’t have any effect on our team. The rhetoric will not have anything to do with who’s the quarterback. That will obviously be decided on the field. Same parameters than before on who wins the team.

There are jobs available on 2018 Alabama football team for young players

One area of concern though has been the inexperience on the defensive depth chart. The way that it seems to be shaking out, a lot of new faces and even freshmen, will see reps this year (think Surtain, Saivion, Eyabi Anoma and others)

“Probably what’s more concerning to me is we have young players who weren’t in the program or young players who didn’t play a year ago that don’t have experience that may get called to duty and have an opportunity to make a contribution. And do those players really know what it takes to compete on this level, to prepare for a game, to get ready to go play a game? When the game starts, how are they going to respond to that?

“We have quite a few players on the two-deep on defense who didn’t play a lot last year, and those guys are really going to have to develop to have a significant role, which is going to be important to the depth of the team in a lot of ways.”

Alabama Football Holds First Full-Pad Practice of 2018 Fall Camp - Alabama Athletics

The first scrimmage is closing in on us really fast. If you recall, rarely are stats released for the quarterbacks, so media viewing will have to suffice.

The Alabama football team held its first practice in full pads on Wednesday during a two-hour workout that began at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields and ended at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. Thunderstorms in the Tuscaloosa area forced the Crimson Tide inside midway through the session.

Alabama will hold two more practices on Thursday and Friday before conducting its first scrimmage of camp on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Report: Protection order filing against ex-Ohio State coach Zach Smith describes repeated stalking behaviors

Legally, things are looking worse for Urbz the more that details emerge surrounding Zach Smith. It seems as though Shelley Meyer knew a lot more than what was contained in one text. In the Deadspin article, there are some frightening allegations leveled against him. Also, the State of Ohio sealed documents alleging his abuse solely to protect Smith and the Buckeyes.

Courtney Smith had earlier made statements surrounding her ex-husband’s physical abuse when she filed for divorce. Those records were reportedly sealed without Courtney’s consent, according to a report from McMurphy, “in order to protect certain businesses and personal interests which, if published, may negatively affect (Zach Smith’s) occupation.”

I was on the fence about Meyer’s peril, but this looks worse with each passing day.

The 49ers are trying to save Reuben Foster from himself. As you recall, he has quite the history launching himself about like a human missile.

LSU LB suspended indefinitely after arrest in connection to pawn shop burglary - CBSSports.com

Never stop doing you, LSU.

LSU has suspended linebacker Tyler Taylor indefinitely Wednesday after learning of his arrest in May. Taylor allegedly served as the getaway driver in the burglary of a pawn shop in Georgia.

Seriously, “getaway driver for pawn shop robbery” is some pretty SEC-sounding criminality, right? What? Was Dollar Tree closed?

Alabama Basketball: John Petty, Herbert Jones invited to attend 2018 Nike Skills Academy

Basketball is just 10 weeks away, and rising sophomores Herb Jones and John Petty have been invited to the NBA Nike Skills camp:

A pair of Alabama men’s basketball players have been invited to participate in the 2018 Nike Basketball Skills Academy that will take place Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 8-12, in Los Angeles, Calif. Sophomores John Petty and Herbert Jones are among 25 high-profile college student-athletes who received an invitation to attend the prestigious skills development camp.

”This is an incredible opportunity for both of us,” Petty said in a release. “We are excited to represent The University of Alabama and our basketball program in Los Angeles, and we’re looking forward to learning a lot.”

Let’s talk “free agency” in college football.

Saban’s full presser is here

Practice photo gallery is here

That’s it for the mo’. As news breaks, we’ll have that information for you. Roll Tide to all, and to all a rolling Tide.