To kick things off, congrats to Justin Thomas for making it to the olympics:
Next, Alabama’s two high-profile transfers have picked out their new jerseys:
Two of Alabama’s newest players have announced which numbers they will wear this fall.
Former Tennessee linebacker Henry To’o To’o will wear No. 10 after wearing No. 11 over the past two years with the Volunteers. Former Ohio State wide receiver Jameson Williams will be in a new number, too, changing from the No. 6 he wore in Columbus, Ohio, to No. 1.
Cool. To’o To’o wearing #10 seems to fit in my opinion, so I’m good with that. I was really hoping Jameson Williams would break the mold and go for a jersey in the 80s, but it seems I’m left waiting yet again for a top receiver to pick an 80s number.
After joining the Jets as the third player picked in the 2019 NFL Draft, the former Alabama All-American had 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks, four tackles for loss and six quarterback hits while playing 512 defensive snaps in 13 games as a rookie.
In his second season, Williams had 55 tackles, seven sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 14 quarterback hits while playing 587 defensive snaps in 13 games.
“I think I’m headed in the right direction,” Williams said. “I think I’m taking the steps to become eventually that dominant defensive tackle in the NFL, and, just like I said, I can’t tell the future, I can’t tell what’s going to happen tomorrow, but every day I make sure that today I take the steps toward becoming what I want to become and that’s a dominant defensive tackle in the NFL, so I just attack every single day with that mindset on becoming that.”
I’m still far from a believer in Zach Wilson as a rookie QB savior, and the Jets are still the Jets, but I actually really like what New York has put together for a defense this year. There’s a lot of talent at all three levels of the defense, and new head coach Robert Saleh has the background in Seattle and San Francisco to see how teams can use a top-flight defense to win a lot of games.
This was Niblack’s second visit to Alabama. The Clearwater, Fla. native also visited Tuscaloosa when he was in the ninth grade. He was in town on Monday with his seven-on-seven team.
“I really like the coaching staff, the atmosphere, the stadium, the players and the way Alabama has a traditional look,” Niblack said. “I met with Coach Saban. It was great. He is a wonderful and amazing man.”
Niblack will announce his decision on Thursday. He recently said his top five schools: Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Maryland and Pittsburgh. He will now choose between Alabama, Indiana and Maryland after receiving his latest offer from the Crimson Tide.
Niblack is one of those hybrid WR/TE types who recently picked up an offer from Alabama, and could be one of those underrated risers that Nick Saban discovers in a camp and then everyone else jumps on board.
That’s about it for the JP today. We’re in the heart of the summer doldrums now, and decent links are hard to come by. Stay tuned in the hour here at Roll Bama Roll, though, for a fun piece on a certain position of consternation for Tide fans over the last few seasons.