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Jumbo Package: Saban has a new punter, QB commit Ty Simpson lights up Elite 11

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Happy Monday, everyone. As you already know, the softball team is hosting a regional. Clemson is part of it and is seemingly underseeded. Coach Patrick Murphy weighed in.

Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said it reminded him of the 2017 bracket when Minnesota was sent to Tuscaloosa despite being ranked No. 1 in at least one of the rankings. The Golden Gophers were 54-3 entering the postseason but had to travel to No. 16 seeded Alabama for the regional. The Tide won that bracket.

Having Clemson coming to Rhoads Stadium “was a little bit of a surprise,” Murphy said Sunday night.

“I’m sure they probably felt really disrespected,” Murphy said. “But I told the team it doesn’t matter who. You have to beat everybody some time, somewhere and this is the start they gave us. So, we’re going to take it and run with it.”

If Montana Fouts and Bailey Hemphill keep doing their thing, this team is going to be a tough out.

Alabama has a new punter.

Martin averaged better than 46 per punt at Troy last season, and thanks to the new NCAA transfer rule will be immediately eligible. Frankly, I don’t know why Saban would bother with high school kickers any more. Free agents will always line up for an opportunity to kick or hold for extra points in the national championship.

Ty Simpson lit it up at the Elite 11.

Alpha Dog:

Ty Simpson, Martin (Tenn.) Westview- Simpson edged out Pyron with not just a strong all around workout throwing the football but was also the top tester in the camp with a 99.39 Rating, highlighted by running a 4.74-40, 4.25 shuttle and jumped 34” in the vertical. Simpson is really solid in all areas and doesn’t have any discernible weaknesses in his game. Mechanically, he very smooth with a clean stroke and he gets the ball out quick. He’s an athletic kid and looks just as comfortable throwing on the run outside the pocket as he does inside the pocket. He’s a highly competitive kid, very coachable and really worked hard in every drill. He has enough arm to make all the throws without needing a big windup and was arguably the most accurate quarterback and won the Accuracy Challenge as well. The Alabama commit was locked in for the Elite 11 Finals following the camp and it was definitely well deserved.

That was a pretty effortless 45 yards through the air. Assuming Bryce Young is on schedule to start for two years and then move on to the pros, a whale of a battle is setting up between Jalen Milroe and Simpson in 2023. Keeping both will be difficult, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Track and field had a good showing at the SEC Championships.

Congrats to all.

Najee Harris continues to flash his personality.

Najee also raised some eyebrows when he said that he has “hella” more free time in the NFL than he did at Alabama.

Shy Carter is getting a shot one year removed from college ball.

Outstanding news. Hopefully he can make a roster that will be in full rebuild mode.

Alabama alum golfer Dicky Pride added another trophy to his case.

It’s his first Champions title in 11 tries and he’s now won a tournament on three different PGA Tour circuits. He won the 1994 Federal Express St. Jude Classic in a playoff on the PGA Tour. Six years ago, he won the 2015 Portland Open on the Korn Ferry Tour.

“I’ve now won on all three tours, which is something I’ve always wanted to do,” he told Golf Channel after his win.

Last, imagine being this low as a human being.

Bryant, a defensive back from Austin Peay, was never actually contacted by the Falcons but instead by someone texting him from an Atlanta area code pretending to be defensive coordinator Dean Pees. So when Bryant arrived at the team’s facility Wednesday to get ready for his chance to accomplish an NFL dream, he was instead turned away.

“I do not know or understand why this has happened,” Bryant wrote in a Twitter message. “But I do know that everything happens for a reason. Yes, this was heart breaking for me, but just another stepping stone that I am not afraid to admit or overcome.

“At the end of the day, this will not make or break me. I will still continue to fight for my dreams because I know it’s what I really want.”

What an awful thing to do to a kid who has a lifelong dream of playing in the NFL. Unfortunately the Falcons were prevented from letting him try out by COVID restrictions. The league limited rookie minicamp tryouts to five this season after there were none last season. Before 2020, teams could invite as many as they liked.

Hopefully this kid gets a shot.

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

Roll Tide.