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Crimson Tide under the lights for the 11th of the Fall Practice's...

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Crimson Tide Fall Football:

The University of Alabama football team held its second evening practice of fall camp on Tuesday with a two-hour session in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

The Tide kicked off practice at 7:30 p.m. CT and practiced for roughly two hours during the 11th session of fall camp. 

Alabama will hold a string of 25 practices before starting the new campaign in Atlanta, Ga., facing off with No. 3 Florida State in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has been named to the 2017 Earl Campbell Award watch list, award organizers announced earlier this afternoon, becoming one of 45 players to be recognized on the list. 

The Houston, Texas, native was one of five finalists for last year's award, which was eventually won by D'Onta Foreman from the University of Texas.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award is presented to the top offensive player in NCAA Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: 

integrity • performance • teamwork • sportsmanship • drive • community & tenacity
specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. 

The award is limited to players who were born in the state of Texas, attended a Texas high school, or attended a Texas junior college or university.

A Look At The Numbers
Freshman inside linebacker
Dylan Moses was wearing jersey No. 8 after wearing 7 all throughout August. 

That could mean he’s in line to play on defense, special teams or both this year. 

Corner-back Trevon Diggs, a contributor on both defense and special teams, wears 7, so one of them was going to have to change if they were both going to be on the field at the same time.

Speaking of Moses, he may have moved up a bit in the ILB rotation. Rashaan Evans and Shaun Dion Hamilton were the first two through in drills, followed by Keith Holcombe and Moses. Joshua McMillon and Mack Wilson were after that. 

Should keep an eye on that and see if it that’s the normal order or if what was seen today was just an aberration.

No sight of sophomore Josh Jacobs at all during the open period. Ronnie Clark, who had started fall camp working with the tight ends, was again working with the running backs. The rest of the backs appeared to all be suited up and participating.

Alabama worked through a couple of different looks in its nickel package tonight. In the first one,
Minkah Fitzpatrick was lined up at Star with Anthony Averett and Trevon Diggs at cornerback, while Ronnie Harrison and Hootie Jones played safety. 

Outside linebacker Ben Davis was also included in this package, covering a tight end.

In another look that looked to be the 2nd team,
Levi Wallace and Tony Brown were playing cornerback (Nigel Knott was shadowing Wallace) with Deionte Thompson and Keaton Anderson at safety. 

Keith Holcombe and Dylan Moses were the linebackers with that group.

Tide Football Returns to Practice after Day Off...

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Crimson Tide Fall Football:

The Crimson Tide football team returned to practice on Monday after a day off from drills. They worked outdoors for two hours in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

Today's practice began at 2:30 p.m. CT with the team taking part in drills during the two-hour session.

Monday's session marked the 10th day of work for the Tide and continues a stretch of 25 practices during fall camp

The first grouping remained the same with Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher, Bradley Bozeman, Lester Cotton and Matt Womack. 

The second grouping: Alex Leatherwood, Dallas Warmack, JC Hassenauer, Chris Owens and Jedrick Wills.

The third grouping included: Scott Lashley, Josh Casher, Brandon Kennedy, Richie Petitbon and Kendall Randolph.

The group worked in the following order: Christian Miller, Anfernee Jennings, Jamey Mosley, Terrell Lewis, Mekhi Brown, Ben Davis, VanDarius Cowan and Christopher Allen.

The group worked in the following order: Rashaan Evans, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Keith Holcombe, Joshua McMillon, Mack Wilson, Dylan Moses and Markail Benton.

The group worked in the following order: Bo Scarbrough, Najee Harris, Damien Harris, Ronnie Clark and Brian Robinson. Josh Jacobs was not seen, who Nick Saban said was held out of the scrimmage due to a hamstring injury.

Anthony Averett was at right corner with Trevon Diggs at left. Minkah Fitzpatrick was the money and Tony Brown was the Star. 

Hootie Jones and Ronnie Harrison were the safeties. Keep an eye on Deionte Thompson at safety. He’s making a move.

HC Nick Saban Takes a Hard Look at The Teams Kicking Game...

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Crimson Tide Fall Football:

The classic good news/bad news scenario follows Alabama's special teams out of the first scrimmage of August.

One of the two post-possession resolutions looked strong, Nick Saban said. The other needs work.

Senior punter JK Scott was "fantastic" with his punting, Saban said after the steamy scrimmage on a humid Saturday afternoon. The 6-foot-6 senior averaged 45.6 yards per punt in his first three seasons and was a Ray Guy Award finalist as a freshman.

The punt return game on Saturday was strong too, Saban said.

Then, the bad news ...

"I think we have things to work on relative to some of the other areas in the kicking game,"
Saban said. "Missed a couple field goals. We had a couple blocked because we didn't really have good protection."

Saban didn't say who missed the field goals or how long they were. Stats were not released from the closed scrimmage.

"It's not just the kicker," Saban said. "It's the protection, the holder, the whole operation being on time. We need to do a lot of work in that area."

Alabama returns redshirt senior and Ole Miss transfer Andy Pappanastos who saw limited action backing up Adam Griffith last season. Freshman Joseph Bulovas is the newcomer while Scott has some experience, making 3 of 4 field goal attempts on A-Day.

Saban also touched on the kickoff situation. He said the kickoff and returns were strong but they "have to develop confidence in that area."

Crimson Tide Holds 1st Fall Scrimmage of This Year...

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Crimson Tide Fall Football:

The University of Alabama football team took part in its first scrimmage of the fall on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

The scrimmage lasted roughly 135 plays and lasted just over two hours under sunny skies, with temperatures hanging in the low 90s for most of the afternoon.

"I think that we had a great opportunity to get a lot of guys a lot of reps out there today,"
head coach Nick Saban said. 

"There's not one player that played out there today that didn't do some things really well, but they're some things that they can do a lot better. I think right now, we want to reinforce the positives and get the negatives corrected. I think part of that is having every player self-assess so that they know what they have to do." 

"We have to be able to correct those guys and teach those guys to do the kind of things in practice that are going to help them have a chance to improve, so that could be the biggest focus that I would have coming out of the scrimmage."

The scrimmage was Alabama's first of the fall in preparation for the season opener against No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta, Ga., for the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game. 

The game between the Crimson Tide and Seminoles is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium on ABC. 

The team will have its second off day of the fall on Sunday before getting back to work on Monday.

"I think that we can have a really good team. I'm not disappointed where our team is right now,"
Saban said. 

"Are we where we need to be? Absolutely not. I think we just have to focus on what we need to do to improve. If every team in the country were ready to play the first game right now, they wouldn't need to practice anymore." 

"We've got a lot of young players at a lot of positions that can certainly benefit being the first time under the fire in action. I think we had some older guys that played really well in this scrimmage. We've just got to try and build on that."

College Football Playoff releases dates for rankings, committee recusals...

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College Football Playoff's:

Preseason camps are alive and well across the country and even the College Football Playoff Selection Committee is joining in.

The group announced that staff members from the CFP and the 13 selection committee members met this week in Colorado Springs, Colo. as part of a preseason set of meetings. 

Those were designed to finalize a few items on the agenda and refresh everybody with the process that will lead us to the eventual four teams in the running for the national title this year.

“It was good for everyone to be together again, and we had an excellent, thorough meeting,”
Kirby Hocutt, chair of the selection committee and director of athletics at Texas Tech, said in a statement. “We reviewed our protocol and processes in detail. We’re all looking forward to the start of the season.”

The CFP also confirmed the times and dates of the committee’s top 25 rankings, which will once again start after Week 9 and continue past the conference title games. Hocutt will once again put a face on the rankings and take questions as part of the reveal on a TV show on ESPN at the following times:

  1. Tuesday, October 31 – 7-8 p.m. ET
  2. Tuesday, November 7 – 7-8 p.m. ET
  3. Tuesday, November 14 – 9-9:30 p.m. ET
  4. Tuesday, November 21 – 7-8 p.m. ET
  5. Tuesday, November 28 – 7-7:30 p.m. ET
  6. Sunday, December 3 (Selection Day) – Noon-4 p.m. ET
Also, the CFP announced the recusal process for 2017 would remain unchanged from prior seasons and the following members would not participate in votes on the following teams:

1.-Arkansas – Jeff Long

2.-Central Michigan – Herb Deromedi
3.-Clemson – Dan Radakovich
4.-Duke – Tyrone Willingham
5.-Georgia – Frank Beamer
6.-Missouri – Jeff Long
7.-Ohio State – Gene Smith
8.-Oregon – Rob Mullens
9.-Southern Mississippi – Jeff Bower
10.-Stanford – Tyrone Willingham
11.-Texas Tech – Kirby Hocutt
12.-Virginia Tech – Frank Beamer 
Committee members will recuse themselves if they or a family member are being compensated by a school. That explains why somebody like Tyrone Willingham is recused from Stanford and Duke (where his children are on the staff there) but not somewhere like Notre Dame, where he used to coach. 

This will be Beamer, Smith and Robert Morris president Chris Howard’s first year on the committee.

Crimson Tide's 8th Fall Practice, leading to Tomorrows Scrimmage!

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Crimson Tide Fall Football:

Alabama was working outside today in its 8th practice of fall practice's. They got a bit of a reprieve from the heat under an overcast sky. The temperature outside was 76 degrees.

The Crimson Tide will hold their 1st fall scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium tomorrow, you would expect to see some movement and separation on the depth chart beginning then or possibly even during that scrimmage.

Wide Receivers
The receivers lined up in a single line at one point for a drill which they went through in the following order:

Calvin Ridley
- Jerry Jeudy - Cam Sims - Robert Foster - Xavian Marks - Devonta Smith - Tyrell Shavers - Henry Ruggs - Derek Kief

Defensive line
Freshman LaBryan Ray was getting some tutoring along with Da’Shawn Hand and Isaiah Buggs, two defensive ends Alabama will be counting on heavily this year.
We’ve heard good things about what Ray has done in the early days of practice.

Defensive backs:
Looked like Alabama was playing with lots of different personnel groupings in practice today in a nickel drill. First there was Minkah Fitzpatrick and Trevon Diggs at corner with Tony Brown at nickel. Deionte Thompson and Ronnie Harrison were at safety.

In other groupings Anthony Averett was at cornerback and Fitzpatrick had returned to safety.

Injury Update:
OLB's Jamey Mosley (concussion) and VanDarius Cowan (back) continued to wear black and work off to the side.

Freshman RB
Najee Harris was not in black but didn’t appear to be going through all the individual drills, during the open portion of practice. 

Freshman OL
Kendall Randolph was off to the side running, but no way of knowing if that was because of an injury or something else.

UA Men's Basketball Finishes Canadian Tour With A 81-71 Win vs Ottawa...

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Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

The University of Alabama men’s basketball team, short-handed due to injuries to three key players, regrouped for an 81-71 victory over Ottawa University on Thursday night to finish its three-game Canadian exhibition tour with a 2-1 record.

Avery Johnson Jr.
led six Alabama scorers in double figures, scoring 15 points as he played the majority of minutes at point guard with both Dazon Ingram and Collin Sexton on the sidelines. 

Ingram (foot), Sexton (knee) and freshman forward Herb Jones (concussion) were all held out for what head coach Avery Johnson said were “precautionary reasons.”

Alabama trailed 23-18 after the first quarter but rallied for a 40-34 halftime lead and held off several Ottawa surges in the second half.

“For a team that’s just played three games in four nights,” Johnson said, “I thought we gave an outstanding effort, especially in the second half. We were able to get our defense set, guys made the extra pass and we did a great job on the boards. Thankfully, we were able to close it out.” defe

Alabama outrebounded the Gee Gees 54-45 in the game despite using different lineups due to the player absences.

In addition to Johnson’s 15 points, Alabama had a 12-point, nine-rebound effort from sophomore
Braxton Key. Junior center Donta Hall scored 11 points,making all five shots he attempted from the floor, and added eight rebounds. Freshman John Petty, the only player to score in double figures in all three Canadian games, also had 11 points and eight rebounds. Riley Norris scored 13 points and Ar’Mond Davis scored 10 in bench roles.

“We wanted to take a look at different rotations because we had a lot of different guys playing tonight,”
Johnson said. 

“We have a lot of young players and they all got their share of minutes. We looked at a lot of different combinations and I like the different combinations we can utilize this year – we can go big, we can go small or we can spread the floor." 

"We had a chance to look at multiple defenses, so from a video standpoint, we’ve got a lot that we are able to analyze.

“The main thing we wanted when we decided to come to Canada to play was competitive opponents,”
Johnson added. 

“We thought this would be overall the best competition we could face. We’ve had two really tough games and that’s what we wanted, especially given the fact that we have some of our key guys banged up." 

"We didn’t want to (play) somewhere where we would win 105-5 or something like that. We wanted to have somewhat of a real game, and that’s what we accomplished on this trip.”