Happy Tuesday, everyone. The AP poll came out yesterday, and Alabama is exactly where you’d expect them to be.
Coming off their sixth national championship under Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide enter the season loaded with potential replacements for the record-breakers and NFL draft picks who have moved on, including Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.
Alabama received 47 of 63 first-place votes from the panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the poll presented by Regions Bank. Oklahoma is No. 2, just ahead of No. 3 Clemson (each received six first-place votes).
Reddit CFB compiled each individual ballot for you.
Note that two of the 16 who voted someone other than Alabama #1 are Rece Davis and Cecil Hurt. Both are just being good Bama men and limiting the rat poison.
The other big news of the day was the commitment of Buford(Ga.) safety Jake Pope.
Also in the running for Pope, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, were Ohio State, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Georgia, which is an hour from Buford. Instead, Pope chose to play his college football almost four hours away for Alabama coach Nick Saban.
“The relationships I’ve formed with those coaches and players is by far one of the best I’ve formed,” Pope said. ”I love the players up there, I love the team, I love the team-chemistry and what they stand for.”
Pope is rated only three stars, which is odd for a player with that offer list. He plays both safety and wide receiver in high school, but will be on the defensive side of the ball in Tuscaloosa. His father Brad played safety at Clemson, yet Jake didn’t get an offer from them. May he get the chance to make them pay.
Alex Scarbrough has Bryce Young as the Alabama player most likely to contend for a Heisman.
Typically first-year starters struggle to generate the kind of name recognition to begin the season as Heisman contenders, but that’s not the case with Tide quarterback Bryce Young. He’s become one of the faces of players profiting off their name, image and likeness, and with good reason. The former five-star recruit is a dynamic playmaker who is comfortable playing inside and outside the pocket. While it would have been nice to return a DeVonta Smith or a Jaylen Waddle, Young will have plenty to work with, whether it’s wideout John Metchie or tight end Jahleel Billingsley. — Alex Scarborough
Herb Jones got paid.
Former Alabama standout Herbert Jones has signed the second-largest contract ever by a player who was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans organization.
The three-year deal, 5.4 million dollar deal was signed on Monday morning.
Jones has shined in NBA Summer League play, showing his versatility across the Pelicans’ four games. The Greensboro, Ala., native is averaging 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 21.7 minutes per contest. His plus/minus total of +12 across four games is tied for 14th best among all players competing in the Vegas Summer League.
Josh Primo has been showing out in the summer league as well.
The Patriots posted this cool photo as they work out with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gump hard or go home.
Last, Mike Farrell is doing a “Mount Rushmore” series for each college football team, and it’s Alabama’s turn. His choices: Derrick Thomas, Cornelius Bennett, DeVonta Smith and Derrick Henry. One can only assume that coaches were not considered, as Bear Bryant and Nick Saban would each command a spot. Picking just four from the most dominant program in the sport is a fool’s errand, but feel free to take your shot at it.
That’s about it for now. Have a great day.