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  09/30/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Former Kentucky commit Mac Jones threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns despite sitting for part of the third and all of the fourth quarters at Missouri, helping Nick Saban improve to 14-0 in season openers with the Crimson Tide. A date with Texas A&M seems appetizing on paper, but Saban's 7-1 record against the Aggies (the loss came in 2012, their first SEC meeting) raises an eyebrow. Nick Saban says: "I think the spirit of the game was different in terms of having fans but I don't think the competitive spirit that the players played with and how they played and how hard they tried, I don't think that was any different than it ever is." - Herald Leader

(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  09/29/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  In the real world, Alabama comes off a 38-19 win over Missouri with no quarterback controversy at all. Mac Jones is the clear-cut starter, with freshman Bryce Young still on what Nick Saban euphemistically described in his Saturday night postgame as a "learning curve." Jones, who played only a couple of series after halftime, threw for two touchdowns, both to Jaylen Waddle, and would have had a third had Waddle not been ruled down inside the 1-yard line after touching the pylon with his empty hand rather than the one with a football in it. Jones showed a good touch, good leadership and the ability to take a hit. "That's the way Mac's played (in practice)," Saban said. "He's done a really good job. I thought he played well tonight. They have a good defensive team. Those guys are physical. They're tough. They play a lot of close coverage, a lot of man-to-man. and they're a good front seven. I thought Mac handled the game really well. I thought he made good choices and decisions. He was accurate with the ball. I was very, very pleased with the way Mac played." - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  09/29/20 - Will Anderson Jr.Fr/2024, Alabama, 6-3, 235 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  The expectation was for the little veteran presence UA has at outside linebacker, Christopher Allen and Ben Davis, to be the every-down players. Anderson and fellow freshmen Drew Sanders would fall in line to use their pass-rush skills in specific situations, ones that allowed the to contribute to depth while not exposing them to situations for which they're ill-prepared. Anderson proved ready to handle run-stopping responsibilities, too. On a fourth-and-2 with roughly five minutes left in the first quarter, Missouri ran an option to Anderson's side. Anderson played quarterback Shawn Robinson quickly, forcing an early pitch - early enough for Moses to track the ball carrier down for a loss and turnover on downs.

Plays like that are how Anderson earned an early nickname: Terminator. According to quarterback Mac Jones, UA offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian labeled Anderson the Terminator in a film session, "because he's always around the ball destroying people." As Anderson develops, he'll have more opportunities to be around the ball. He's already earned more than he would've had four weeks ago. "He'll get better and play a lot here," Jones said. "His name, hopefully he can live up to the Terminator name." - Montgomery Advertiser


(DS#1 OLB) Fr/2024 OLB Will Anderson Jr.Alabama
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  09/28/20 - Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Junior wide receiver Jaylen Waddle knew this was his season to break out. After two seasons of playing behind Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, he would be the primary threat to pair with DeVonta Smith. He did his best to prepare for a new set of responsibilities. The early returns were convincing. Waddle exited the game with eight catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns. The seven catches were a career high and the 134 yards were 4 shy of tying his current career high, set in 2018 against Louisiana-Lafayette. Waddle did not get a chance to return a kick or punt - where he made his biggest impact last year - but one game was enough to show Waddle won't have to wait for kicks and punts to make his presence known. Waddle, after all, was the target of 10 of Alabama's 32 pass attempts. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#1 WR) Jr/2022 WR Jaylen WaddleAlabama
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  09/28/20 - Bryce YoungFr/2024, Alabama, 5-11, 194 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Mater Dei has produced several of USC's most recent starting quarterbacks: Matt Leinart, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels among them. Young was committed to USC for 14 months until September of last year, when he flipped his commitment to UA. Daniels has since transferred to Georgia, where he could be the starting quarterback. UA and Georgia meet in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Oct. 17. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#3 QB) Fr/2024 QB Bryce YoungAlabama
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  09/28/20 - Christian HarrisSo/2023, Alabama, 6-1, 232 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  Christian Harris had himself a big opening defensive series as the former high school defensive back played with dangerous speed. He helped out on the first tackle for no gain near the sideline, then nobody bothered to block him on a third-down blitz that ended with a sack. "I think he plays with a lot more confidence when Dylan is in there," Saban said of Dylan Moses, "because Dylan makes all the calls. Christian is more comfortable and more confident in terms of what he is supposed to do and I think he's a lot more confident player now." - Birmingham News

(DS#1 ILB) So/2023 ILB Christian HarrisAlabama
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  09/27/20 - Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Mac Jones now has two road starts under his belt, one in last year's Iron Bowl as a spot starter and Saturday's outing against Missouri as the established starting quarterback. In both instances, he knew he could lean on Jaylen Waddle. So he did. Waddle was the intended target on the Crimson Tide's first offensive play, an incompletion. The next nine targets produced eight catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns, making him the star performer of UA's 38-19 win over Missouri. "He gets open, that's his job and I think he does a great job doing it," Jones said. "We've had a great relationship since he stepped on campus, going back to summer 7-on-7s, getting that chemistry with him, all the late nights at the indoor."

As he was last year, Waddle was used in motion at times to create openings for him, but part of his new role as an every-down wide receiver is to be a more naturally occurring part of the offense, one that gets the ball somewhat regularly even when plays are not designed specifically for him. Waddle did that in addition to showing a skill he had not in the past: making plays to receive the ball, as opposed to once he receives it. In the pass-catching portion of Waddle's Alabama career, most of his receptions have been carefully designed where Waddle is granted to space to make the catch, and his job to make defenders miss after that. On the first play of UA's third offensive possession, Waddle made a jumping catch in between two Missouri defenders: He was the recipient of hard contact from Missouri safety Tyree Gillespie, but in the process he became the lone UA player to generate a play of more than 35 yards, gaining 46 on the play. - Montgomery Advertiser


(DS#1 WR) Jr/2022 WR Jaylen WaddleAlabama
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  09/27/20 - Bryce YoungFr/2024, Alabama, 5-11, 194 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Alabama freshman quarterback Bryce Young made his debut against Missouri late in the third quarter Saturday. Young came in with 1:09 left in the third quarter as Alabama started a drive at its own 25-yard line. On his first snap, he handed the ball to Trey Sanders. On his second play, he completed a 6-yard pass to DeVonta Smith. Young finished his debut 5-of-8 passing for 54 yards. He also rushed four times for 2 yards. Alabama defeated Missouri 38-19. Just that he was in the game had Alabama Crimson Tide fans excited. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#3 QB) Fr/2024 QB Bryce YoungAlabama
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  09/26/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Mac Jones threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns in less than three quarters of work, many of his throws landing in the capable hands of Jaylen Waddle, and No. 2 Alabama began its Southeastern Conference-only schedule with a 38-19 romp over rebuilding Missouri on Saturday night. Waddle finished with eight catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and Najee Harris ran for 98 yards and three more scores, helping the Crimson Tide spoil the debut of new Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz and win their 27th straight over the SEC East before a COVID-19-curtailed crowd of 11,738 fans at Faurot Field. TCU transfer Shawn Robinson, who started for the Tigers over Connor Bazelak, threw for 185 yards and a score. Bazelak also got a few series and was equally ineffective against Dylan Moses, Patrick Surtain II and the rest of the Crimson Tide defense, which kept Drinkwitz's creative offense out of the end zone until midway through the fourth quarter.

Bazelak added a touchdown scamper on the final play of the game for the final margin. Alabama's long wait to start the season actually began with a thud - a three-and-out on offense. But after forcing a three-and-out of their own, Jones began to find his wide receivers downfield and the Crimson Tide got rolling. At one point, the only question was who was going to score their touchdowns. Harris had the first on a short plunge, and Waddle hauled in 18-yarder for the second a few minutes later. Waddle looked like had another on the Tide's ensuing possession, but a review ruled that he hit the pylon before crossing the goal line and Harris wound up poaching the touchdown for his second of the game. - Alabama/AP College Football


(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  09/25/20 - Christian BarmorerSo/2023, Alabama, 6-5, 310 (DS#6 DT) + More +

  Christian Barmore posted a tweet Monday, a message that was likely in reference to his status for Alabama's season-opening game against Missouri on Saturday. "Trust and believe I'll be ready," it read. It's still unclear whether he will be, though. The redshirt sophomore is still working back from a knee injury he suffered during fall camp and remains questionable for the matchup against Missouri. "I can't really say right now," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said of Barmore's status for the game. "He's done a little more each day. I think when you have an injury like this, sometimes the more you do it creates a little soreness. Then you have to back off a little bit. Then you can do a little bit more the next day. He's worked every day this week and he's made progress and we're encouraged by the progress that he makes." Barmore, the top pass rusher along the Alabama defensive line, is listed as a co-starter at one of the Tide's defensive end spots along with sophomore Justin Eboigbe. Barmore finished last season with 26 tackles, six tackles for a loss and two sacks. - Birmingham News

(DS#6 DT) rSo/2023 DT Christian BarmoreAlabama
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  09/25/20 - Najee HarrisSr/2021, Alabama, 6-2, 230 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Alabama running back Najee Harris sat down with a college football legend this week for one of the more candid conversations about his game. Appearing with Reggie Bush as part of FOX's college football coverage, the senior from the San Francisco Bay Area spoke freely about perceptions and some of his bigger plays. Harris was eager to talk about the way his 6-foot-2, 230-pound size is perceived. "Me being a big back, the assumption is OK, he's big so he's stiff, maybe," Harris said. "This is a typical stereotype. He's stiff. He can't make people miss that much. He's not fast enough so me using that, me training to work on all these things or me just hearing that, I train for all those things. So I am in the position in a route or one-on-one coverage...that's a perfect opportunity to show people, yes, I am a big back, but I can do everything that you in your days could do."

Bush, once a Heisman Trophy winner and national champion at USC, agreed with Harris before moving on to one of the Alabama back's signature play. The hurdling touchdown last season at South Carolina was one of the highlight moments of the full college football season a year ago. It came on fourth down and Tua Tagovailoa spotted Harris coming out of the backfield for a touchdown that included at least three broken tackles. "That team had a really good defense and there wasn't much happening in the run game so that's the perfect time to show I can be more of a threat," Harris said. "I was actually excited we went for it on fourth down because Saban was like, he was kinda iffy like 'I don't know if we should go for it.' So they showed me I had a burst route, so I'm like 'Whaaaat? This is the perfect thing." - Birmingham News


(DS#2 RB) Sr/2021 RB Najee HarrisAlabama
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  09/22/20 - Bryce YoungFr/2024, Alabama, 5-11, 194 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  It was the foregone conclusion for the final weeks of camp, but Mac Jones is officially Alabama's starting quarterback with redshirt freshman Paul Tyson and true freshman Bryce Young listed as backups behind him. The buzz around Young as a potential immediate starter was put on hold after an offseason of remote meetings and no spring practice, one not conducive to a freshman quarterback getting up to speed quickly. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#3 QB) Fr/2024 QB Bryce YoungAlabama
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  09/18/20 - Christian BarmorerSo/2023, Alabama, 6-5, 310 (DS#6 DT) + More +

  Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore is still working back from the minor knee injury that caused him to miss the team's scrimmage on Saturday. The team hopes to get the redshirt sophomore back to practice in some capacity early next week, but it's unclear at this point whether he'll be available for the Tide's season-opener against Missouri Sept. 26. "Christian Barmore is doing very, very well," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "We're hopeful that by Monday of next week he'll be able to do some things in practice. You never know for sure exactly how a guy is gonna progress. But at least that's the prognosis for right now. It's probably too early to tell if he'll be ready to play in the first game or not. We'll just have to see how he progresses." Barmore, the team's top pass rusher along the defensive line, finished last season with 26 tackles, six tackles for a loss and two sacks. - Birmingham News

(DS#6 DT) rSo/2023 DT Christian BarmoreAlabama
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  09/18/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Quarterback Mac Jones had a strong scrimmage Saturday and Saban gave an appraisal of where the fourth-year junior stands. "When Mac stays in himself and is concerned about doing what he's supposed to do and executes and does the things that he's coached to do, he's very, very effective," he said. "When he stays focused on the play, doesn't get upset about what happened on the play before, he's very, very effective. He has shown an ability to do that much better this year. I think it's a sign of maturity and understanding what he has to do to play winning football at his position." - Birmingham News

(DS#6 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  09/18/20 - Alex LeatherwoodSr/2021, Alabama, 6-6, 312 (DS#2 OT) + More +

  Alabama placed a league-leading 11 representatives on the 2020 Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Football Team, it was announced on Thursday. Georgia was second with 10 representatives, while Florida, LSU and Texas A&M each had eight. This marks the 18th consecutive year of the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team. Ten schools had at least one First-Team All-SEC representative, including a conference-best eight from Alabama. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. The SEC is scheduled to begin the 2020 season on September 26. - SEC Football

(DS#2 OT) Sr/2021 OT Alex LeatherwoodAlabama
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