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  02/15/21 - Ben DavisrSr/2022, Alabama, 6-3, 250 (DS#30 OLB) + More +

  A local prep star who came to Alabama with high expectations announced Monday he intends to explore options elsewhere. Ben Davis, the No. 10 overall recruit in the class of 2016, said he entering the NCAA transfer portal in a Twitter post. AL.com confirmed his name appeared in the portal shortly after making the announcement. The Gordo High School graduate will be using the extra year of eligibility granted to every player participating in the 2020 season. It would have been his fourth and final season on the NCAA clock after he redshirted his freshman season of 2016. Davis appeared in 24 total games and recorded seven tackles in a reserve role. - Birmingham News

(DS#30 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Ben DavisAlabama
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  02/13/21 - Bryce YoungFr/2024, Alabama, 5-11, 194 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Alabama's spring game will take place April 17, the school announced Friday. It will be the first spring game held since 2019. Last year's event, and all of spring practice, was canceled because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last March. This year's game is expected to have a reduced capacity similar to games during the 2020 season. The spring game will be the culmination of spring football practices that are expected to begin next month. - Birmingham News

(DS#3 QB) Fr/2024 QB Bryce YoungAlabama
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  01/30/21 - *Mac JonesrJr/2021, Alabama, 6-2, 217 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and Auburn's K.J. Britt were chosen as among the top players at their position during the week of practice for the Reese's Senior Bowl. Practice players of the week were chosen in voting by players at opposing position groups. Jones was named the top quarterback on the American team, while Britt was selected the top linebacker. Florida's Kadarius Toney, a Blount High School graduate, was chosen the top wide receiver on the American team. North Dakota State offensive lineman Dillon Radunz was named the overall Senior Bowl Practice Player of the Week. - Birmingham News

(DS#5 QB) rJr/2021 QB *Mac JonesAlabama
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  01/29/21 - Najee HarrisSr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 230 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Alabama running back Najee Harris won't play in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl, executive director Jim Nagy told AL.com on Thursday. Harris, a first-team All-American in 2020, has been dealing with an ankle injury since early in the Crimson Tide's national championship game victory over Ohio State on Jan. 11. He practiced with the Senior Bowl's National team both Tuesday and Wednesday in Mobile, but missed practice Thursday while undergoing treatment on his ankle and is "too banged up" to play on Saturday, Nagy said. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Harris received widespread praise from Nagy and other observers for showing up in Mobile at all and participating in as much of the week's activities as he did. - Birmingham News

(DS#1 RB) Sr/2021 RB Najee HarrisAlabama
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  01/28/21 - DeVonta SmithSr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 175 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores is not concerned about Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith's size. The idea that the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner isn't big enough to flourish in the NFL doesn't register with Flores, who is guiding the National team for the Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile. "Look, this guy's a very, very good player," Flores said during a press conference on Tuesday. "… If you're a good player, I mean, you can nitpick all you want about a guy's size. Good players are good players are good players. I think we all can see that this guy's a very good player. He made a lot of plays in college. He made a lot of plays in big games, the biggest games of the year. You can nitpick all day. He's a very good player. "And it's been good getting to know him, too. He's a good kid, too."

So how big is Smith? The Alabama roster lists the wide receiver as 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds. On Tuesday, Smith passed on the opportunity to step on the scales at the Senior Bowl weigh-in and show exactly how slim "The Slim Reaper" is. After suffering a finger injury during Alabama's 52-24 victory over Ohio State in the CFP national championship game on Jan. 11, Smith is not practicing this week and won't play in Saturday's game. But he is on Flores' National roster and meeting with NFL personnel for interviews. "DeVonta Smith was here only to do interviews with NFL teams," said Jim Nagy, the Senior Bowl's executive director. "He always planned to do his measurements at Alabama's pro day." - Birmingham News


(DS#1 WR) Sr/2021 WR DeVonta SmithAlabama
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  01/21/21 - *Mac JonesrJr/2021, Alabama, 6-2, 217 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Alabama redshirt junior Mac Jones, who announced last Thursday that he would be forgoing his remaining eligibility for the NFL draft, was the recipient Tuesday of the 2020 Manning Award as college football's top quarterback. Jones is the first Crimson Tide quarterback to win the Manning Award, which is now in its 16th year and is unique in that it takes postseason performances into account. The 6-foot-3, 214-pounder from Jacksonville, Florida, capped his Alabama career by throwing for 464 yards and five touchdowns during the 52-24 drubbing of Ohio State in the national championship game Jan. 11. - Chattanooga Times Free Press

(DS#5 QB) rJr/2021 QB *Mac JonesAlabama
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  01/21/21 - Najee HarrisSr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 230 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  The Doak Walker Award winner is coming to Mobile. Alabama running back Najee Harris is the latest Crimson Tide player to accept an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy confirmed Wednesday on "The Senior Bowl Locker Room Show" on 105.5. WNSP-FM. Harris finished his Alabama career with 57 touchdowns (46 rushing and 11 receiving), which ties Tim Tebow's record for the most touchdowns in a career by any SEC player. - Birmingham News

(DS#1 RB) Sr/2021 RB Najee HarrisAlabama
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  01/21/21 - Miller ForristallrSr/2021, Alabama, 6-5, 244 (DS#23 TE) + More +

  Redshirt senior tight end Miller Forristall has hired an agent ahead of April's NFL draft, signaling that he will turn down the chance to play an extra college season in 2021. Forristall caught a career-high 23 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown this season as Alabama's starting tight end. He ends his college career with 44 catches for 505 yards and five touchdowns over 54 games. - Birmingham News

(DS#23 TE) rSr/2021 TE Miller ForristallAlabama
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  01/21/21 - Landon DickersonrSr/2021, Alabama, 6-6, 326 (DS#2 C) + More +

  Landon Dickerson will not take advantage of the NCAA's COVID-19 eligibility waiver, electing to enter the 2021 NFL Draft and leaving Alabama with a void to fill at center. The Rimington Trophy winner suffered a knee injury in the SEC Championship Game that kept him out of both of UA's College Football Playoff games, ending his season and UA career two games premature. Before that injury, Dickerson started every game at UA since transferring in from Florida State. - Birmingham News

(DS#2 C) rSr/2021 C Landon DickersonAlabama
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  01/20/21 - *Mac JonesrJr/2021, Alabama, 6-2, 217 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Alabama quarterback Mac Jones on Tuesday accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl, the annual NFL draft showcase that takes place Jan. 30 in Mobile. Jones, who led the Crimson Tide to the national championship in 2020, is the second big-name Alabama player that the Senior Bowl has secured this week. Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl on Monday, though he will not play in the game due to injury and will spend the week meeting with NFL teams. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound set Alabama program records with 4,500 yards and 41 touchdown passes this past season, when he was chosen first-team All-SEC and a consensus All-American. He finished third in the Heisman balloting behind Smith and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. - Birmingham News

(DS#5 QB) rJr/2021 QB *Mac JonesAlabama
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  01/19/21 - Joshua McMillonrSr/2021, Alabama, 6-3, 228 (DS#27 ILB) + More +

  Alabama's longest-tenured player will not be extending his college career for another year. Crimson Tide linebacker Joshua McMillon, who spent the 2020 season as a sixth-year graduate student, announced Monday evening on Twitter that he would be entering the upcoming NFL draft: McMillon told AL.com's Michael Casagrande in September that he was keeping his options open for a seventh season in 2021 that would have been made possible by the NCAA's blanket eligibility waiver. Fifth-year center Chris Owens last week became the first Alabama senior to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility. The Memphis native redshirted in 2015 and was approved for another redshirt in 2019 after tearing his ACL during preseason camp. He was slated for a starting role before the injury. - Birmingham News

(DS#27 ILB) rSr/2021 ILB Joshua McMillonAlabama
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  01/19/21 - DeVonta SmithSr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 175 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  DeVonta Smith will wear the Alabama helmet one more time. The Reese's Senior Bowl announced Monday the former Alabama receiver has accepted an invitation to the annual all-star game in Mobile. The Heisman Trophy winner was unstoppable in the College Football Playoff, catching 19 passes for 345 yards and six touchdowns en route to offensive MVP honors in both the Rose Bowl and the national title game. In the 52-24 CFP national championship win over Ohio State, Smith caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three scores all in the first half before leaving the game with a finger injury. - Birmingham News

(DS#1 WR) Sr/2021 WR DeVonta SmithAlabama
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  01/19/21 - Will Anderson Jr.Fr/2024, Alabama, 6-3, 235 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  Two Alabama newcomers were honored Monday by the Football Writers Association of America while one earned the top prize. Linebacker Will Anderson was named national freshman of the year when the group released its freshman All-American team. Defensive back Malachi Moore also made the first-team freshmen All-American list. Anderson was tied for second in the conference with seven sacks and was third with 10.5 tackles for loss. Anderson started all 13 games and finished with 52 tackles and a team-high eight quarterback pressures. - Birmingham News

(DS#1 OLB) Fr/2024 OLB Will Anderson Jr.Alabama
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  01/19/21 - DeVonta SmithSr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 175 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  The NFL Scouting Combine was about the last thing the league did in 2020 that wasn't affected by the coronavirus pandemic. But almost a year later, the NFL has decided the 2021 version of the event will be drastically changed because of the COVID-19 crisis. The top prospects for the NFL Draft won't gather in Indianapolis next month, as they have annually since 1987. But the league doesn't consider the combine canceled. Instead, a memo sent from the league office to the NFL's 32 teams on Monday said, "The 2021 combine will be conducted in a different format. There will be no in-person workouts at the combine. Instead, any workouts will take place on the individual pro days on college campuses." To keep each team from having to send personnel to every college pro day, the NFL said it would "ensure that all clubs have access to video from those workouts." - Birmingham News

(DS#1 WR) Sr/2021 WR DeVonta SmithAlabama
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  01/16/21 - Chris OwensrSr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 315 (DS#40 C) + More +

  Alabama football offensive lineman Chris Owens is taking advantage of the NCAA's COVID-19 eligibility waiver, returning for a second senior season in 2021. Owens was UA's most valuable backup on the offensive line in 2020, filling in for Evan Neal at right tackle against Arkansas and for both College Football Playoff games at center. Owens also started five games at center in 2019 before an injury forced him out of the lineup, never to return as the starting center. He finished that season playing some as a tight end in specialty packages. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#40 C) rSr/2022 C Chris OwensAlabama
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