Happy Monday, everyone.
Biggest note of the weekend came from John Petty, who did a video interview with Huntsville sports reporter Charity Chambers. The video won’t allow embed but is available at the link, and most notable to Alabama fans is that he says he will “probably” be at Alabama another year “depending on how things go.” It definitely seems that this is more an exploratory move by John than anything else. That isn’t to say that he won’t jump if he feels that his stock is high enough, but what a team Nate Oats would be fielding next season if he did return. Stay tuned.
NFL Draft week is always absurd, but it may be moreso this year.
- The Broncos are rumored to be jockeying for Jerry Jeudy while Super Bowl champion and AFC West division rival Chiefs want to pair Henry Ruggs III with Tyreek Hill.
- The Falcons are supposedly considering Jalen Hurts in round two, which would be a reach and so Falcons.
- Jedrick Wills is battling Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs to be the first OT off the board.
- A local Buffalo station thinks the Bills should look at Terrell Lewis in round two.
- Former NFL QB Jake Plummer thinks Tua is damaged goods and wouldn’t draft him at all, while Peter King thinks the Patriots will trade up for him. Hmm, Jake Plummer or Bill Belichick: who you got as a talent evaluator?
- Richard Sherman says nobody cares about the Wonderlic.
- Xavier McKinney has been linked to Dallas in the first round and there is a lot of smoke around Trevon Diggs and San Francisco at the end of the first. If both go on Thursday, Alabama would tie the Miami Hurricanes who had six first round selections in 2004.
Gus Malzahn is trying to make you like him.
“If you watch enough film on him...the more film you watch on him, the more you’re impressed with him,” Malzhan said. “He’s unbelievably accurate. He can really extend pays. He protects the football. He throws a great deep ball. He’s scary. When you try to game plan around that guy, it’s really scary because he’s so...he gets the ball out quick, he doesn’t take sacks and I’ve always been a big fan of him and I think he’s going to be a good pro too.”
Don’t fall for it.
Nick Saban couldn’t be more pleased with his new strength program. He spoke about them and some other topics on the radio this weekend.
Nick Saban on @AlabamaFTBL new strength & conditioning and sports science coaches: “Light years in advance of what people had been doing for a long, long time. Everyone else we interviewed (was) like strength coaches from the past. These guys are way ahead of that.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) April 18, 2020
More from the radio show via Christopher Walsh:
“We were disappointed in some of the outcomes that we got last year, but we also had a lot of adversity to overcome and I think those are probably good lessons for a lot of people on our team and in our organization to grow and develop from. We got a lot of good young players that we were looking forward to seeing develop in spring practice, and hopefully we’ll get the opportunity for that to happen here in the summer and in the fall. We’re excited about it, and I will say that this team was on track to doing things really, really well. The offseason program went really well, academics went really well. This was probably the fewest number of points, which certainly points to an accountability and discipline factor off the field where people do the right things, that usually carries over on the field. So, we were excited about that.
He also spoke about the daily schedule they are utilizing right now, among other things.
Last, check this out.
Most incredible thing you’ll see today.— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) April 18, 2020
These two women are playing tennis from rooftop to rooftop in the Italian city of Liguria to pass time during the pandemic.
Sports. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Nse4Pu6xCa
That is cool.
That’s about it for today. Have a great week.