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Jumbo Package: Mark Ingram, CJ Mosley again make NFL Top 100 list

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No. 22 is as much of a load as he was a decade ago.

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If Colt hadn’t got hurt...Mark may have sprinted to the Texas sideline and ran over him anyway.

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This guy just doesn’t stop. The fireplug with the nimble feet, the top-end speed and soft hands that surprises defenders, with the bulldozing power that doesn’t.

A well-earned spot on the NFL’s Top 100 for 2009 Heisman Winner, Alabama’s Mark Ingram.

Mark was not alone though. For the third time in his career, ILB CJ Mosley was named to the NFL’s Top 100 list. Checking in at No. 71 is the one-man wrecking crew in the middle, the stuff of LSU fan’s nightmares, and now the richest inside linebacker in the NFL:

Sporting News dropped its Top 40 players for 2019. No surprise that Tua and Sunshine topped the list. Somewhat surprisingly, Clemson had as many overall players as Alabama...which would have made sense in 2018 (though we can concede their wideouts and Travis Ettienne are quite good). Alabama is filthy loaded this year and has by far the most talented roster in the country, despite losing four All-Americans to the NFL Draft.

This was pretty cool. The players had a preseason meeting with Scott Cochran, in what looked to be routine film review. Then he surprised them with...Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

I wonder how much Activision/Blizzard paid Alabama for this?

There are some fast-rising 2020 recruits, with half a dozen earning their fifth-star over the past two weeks. One Alabama target to keep an eye on is Noah Sewell, from Ogden, Utah — LSU and UGA are other SEC suitors...along with basically every other program in America.

Sewell is a 266-pound inside linebacker who is as good in space as the guys 50 pounds lighter. At that frame, Sewell has a 35-inch vertical, runs a 4.75 40-yard dash and plays running back in addition to linebacker for his high school. We’ve compared him to Devin White, but he could just as easily be compared to another first-round draft pick if he wanted to change positions: Ed Oliver.

Is Alabama still the gold standard in college football?

Pat Forde asked if Alabama was no longer the gold standard in college football.

The piece details Nick Saban’s assessment of the most recent Clemson game, the constant turnover in Saban’s coaching staff, how the performance of the defense slipped late in the season, the reaction from Dylan Moses concerning the status of Clemson and Alabama and Saban’s view of the improvement that Alabama needs to make coming off the loss.

Well, to the Orange and Purple kool-aid drinkers, I would say: do it for a dozen years, after turning over the staff 7 or 8 times, fending off suitors from other schools and the NFL, establish a coaching tree, a track record of NFL success, multiple Heismans and Outlands and Nagurskis and Biletnikoffs and Maxwells etc., and do so all against far better competition than is presently in the ACC, and sure — then we’ll think about Clemson at least tying Alabama’s feats since 2008. So, let’s reevaluate this question sometime around 2028.

Most conference media days are rah-rah affairs. Not so for the Pac 12, which has to address everything from a lack of contenders, a lack of revenue, bad television deals, inept management, and some officiating that looked suspiciously like game-fixing.

I think Petersen is just weird enough to thrive in Seattle for as long as he wants to stay at UW. But this does not sound like a content man. Nor does anyone know how to fix the P12’s mess:

“It’s not any one thing. I think it all matters,” Petersen said. “The scheduling, the resources. It just all adds up. So it’s, ‘OK, how did this happen? How did we get here and not here?’ Now you’re playing catch-up again.”

Solutions proffered so far? 9:00 A.M. morning kickoffs, to put teams in front of a national audience (because attendance already isn’t a problem), officiating reforms, and Commish Larry Scott basically begging teams to get better.

Colin Cowherd is #mad #online, and slammed college football scheduling. To some degree it’s fair; there are some stinkers on the schedule this year. But it’s also a transition period for the P5, with more intersectional conference games being scheduled. That change doesn’t just happen overnight, and, yes, eventually the market forces (and push for that playoff cash) will level out the schedule a bit more.

The B1G has an interesting proposal that is getting some traction: schedule 10 conference games. The B1G and SEC travel less than any other conference (four true OOC road games a piece this year), and my suspicion is that this proposal has a lot more about ginning up revenue for schools than actual competitive balance — conference games always sell better. Besides, we can’t even get the other 13 schools to vote for a 9th SEC game. Alabama has uniquely been alone beating this drum, and has done so for a long time. Maybe the economics and difficulty of scheduling will convince the other ADs to one day to add a 9th SEC contest. But I don’t see a 10th conference game coming: least of all, because that would require the 10-team Big 12 to add at least one more program, and they’re not looking to expand. Get us to 9 first.

Bama Online has a Buy-One-Get-Two-Months-Free special, if you’re a recruitnik (Charlie and Travis do a really good job with beat coverage too.)

Speaking of BOL, they continue their opponent-players-to-watch series, and we’re up to Alabama’s season-kickoff opponent, the Duke Blue Devils:

Running back Deon Jackson

...Jackson, who played in all 13 games and started the final eight weeks of the season. A preseason All-SEC selection as an all-purpose back, Jackson wore many hats for the Blue Devils in 2018. He ran for 847 yards and seven touchdowns on 161 carries, caught 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns and returned 23 kickoffs for 502 yards. Oh, and he also completed his only pass attempt of the year for a 12-yard gain. In total, Jackson was responsible for 1,602 all-purpose yards, and in ACC play, he led the league in yards per game (157.38).

With 2015 Heisman winner, and recently-named NFL Top 100 RB, Derrick Henry, there has always been an enigma. Is he a slow-starter, one that gets stronger as the game goes along? Or, is he like Mark Ingram — a back that needs to see touches to get into a rhythm? Nick Saban can’t even figure it out.

I think the truth is probably somewhere in the middle, though I lean a bit more towards DH being a rhythm back. We’ve seen him dominate early in games after getting a half-dozen or so carries. But, Henry is not like Richardson was, for instance: a player that is going to be a homerun threat off the bench on his first touch.

I have no idea what else is slated for the day. I’m interviewing for a dream job, working on finalizing staffing for the football season, trying to sort out a series of 43 mediations — so I’m kind of whacked out. CB probably has a Countdown? Maybe? Likely?

If not, at least enjoy this #content

RTR

Poll

Derrick Henry...

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Gets in rhythm after he gets a few touches.
    (30 votes)
  • 36%
    Gets stronger as the game goes along.
    (115 votes)
  • 48%
    Both, in equal measure.
    (154 votes)
  • 4%
    Both, but I lean more towards _____.
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Other, below.
    (3 votes)
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