Happy Friday, everyone. The biggest news of the day was Jalen Milroe announcing that he will, in fact, come back to Alabama for another season.
Milroe revealed the decision on Next Round Live. As a third-year sophomore, he was eligible to apply for the draft because he’s three years removed from high school.
“I’m coming back for my senior year,” Milroe said.
Although Milroe struggled early in the season and was not considered among the top pro prospects in the quarterback class for the 2024 draft, his steady improvement, arm strength and athleticism give him the makings of a strong case for the ‘25 draft.
It is a big week for Jalen, as he turned 21 and will graduate tomorrow.
He has a chance to improve his draft stock immeasurably with another year of experience and good performance.
Nick Saban made some waves by hiring a former Michigan assistant coach.
Though Helow wasn’t a part of this year’s Michigan staff, he did serve under current defensive coordinator Jesse Minter in 2022 — his knowledge of the Wolverines’ system will be valuable as Alabama faces its toughest defensive challenge yet. This season, Michigan ranks first nationally in scoring defense (9.46 points per game) and second in total defense (239.2 yards per game). Two of Helow’s former linebackers, Colson and Michael Barrett, were All-Big Ten selections this season.
Alabama isn’t scheduled to start practice until mid-month. The team will participate in lifting, running and player-led 7-on-7 between now and then, which gives Helow time to get adjusted and start meeting with coaches ahead of full-scale practice later in December.
That was received well, as you might imagine.
Minkah Fitzpatrick reminds us why he’s a great one.
“I would disagree that we didn’t deal with a lot of negativity,” said Fitzpatrick, who played for two CFP national-championship teams with the Crimson Tide. “I would say we didn’t lose a lot, but we definitely dealt with a lot of negativity. But I think you’re approach to the game shouldn’t be wavering on how many losses you have or wins you have. If you love the game, you’re going to approach every single week with 110 percent, you’re going to approach the week with a chip on your shoulder whether you’re the best in the league or the worst in the league because no matter what you are, you got something to prove. If you’re 11-0 or 0-11, you got something to play for.
Casagrande took a look at some preseason predictions for you.
This site was a mixed bag. We’ll get to the wrong part in a bit, but there was another perfect pick for the Rose Bowl. Jerry Palm joined Bonagura in forecasting a Michigan-Alabama showdown in Pasadena. Palm’s playoff picks:
Rose Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan
Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Ohio State
Palm had eventual semifinalist Texas playing Clemson in the Peach Bowl and Washington all the way down in the Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma. Still, credit for getting the Rose Bowl perfect.
On the Auburn side, he had the Tigers facing North Carolina in the Mayo Bowl.
Last, this is hilarious.
People of Georgia demand the @NCAA and @CFBPlayoff include @OrangeBowl in the College Football Playoff: @UGAAthletics vs @Seminoles— Sen. Colton Moore (@realColtonMoore) December 14, 2023
UGA is in the top 4 teams in the USA. @SEC @ACC @NCAA@ronDesantis @ScottforFlorida @BrianKempGA@espn @KirkHerbstreit @finebaum pic.twitter.com/R0kjrT9OWz
Is he trolling the Florida politicians for making asses of themselves, making one of himself, or somewhere in between?
You decide, but it’s funny.
That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.