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  06/03/20 - Markail BentonrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 235 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  For the second time in two days, a member of Alabama's 2017 signing class has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Crimson Tide linebacker Markail Benton, who was suspended from the team earlier in the offseason, went into the transfer portal Wednesday afternoon, AL.com has learned. The former four-star recruit played in nine games for the Tide as a redshirt sophomore last season and finished the year with 19 tackles. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Markail BentonAlabama
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  06/03/20 - Tyrell ShaversrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-5, 205 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Alabama is set to lose one of its veteran wide receivers. Redshirt junior Tyrell Shavers entered the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday, AL.com has learned. A former top-100 overall recruit, Shavers was expected to be part of the competition for the Crimson Tide's No. 3 wide receiver job. Instead, the Texas native will continue his college career elsewhere. While Shavers played in all 28 games for the Tide over the last two seasons, his playing time on offense came strictly as a backup or in mop-up situations. - Birmingham News

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  06/01/20 - *Henry Ruggs IIIJr/2020, Alabama, 5-11, 188 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  Las Vegas Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III injured his thigh while moving items into the back of a trailer, his father told AL.com Monday afternoon. "He was trying to move a trailer or something -- move furniture or something -- and the trailer just kind of pinned him against a car or a wall or something," Henry Ruggs Jr. said. "He's pretty much OK, I'm about to go out there and see him in a little bit. It was just like a little open wound on his leg, a little incision. Like something had stuck him right there on his thigh a little bit." Ruggs Jr. said he hasn't spoken to the doctor yet but that his son, who starred at Alabama from 2017-2019, "feels OK." "With this COVID-19 stuff still going on, they wouldn't let anybody in," Ruggs Jr. said. "He's just having to walk on crutches. Not putting as much pressure on it." - Birmingham News

(DS#3 WR) Jr/2020 WR *Henry Ruggs IIIAlabama
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  05/26/20 - Terrell LewisrJr/2020, Alabama, 6-5, 262 (DS#4 DE) + More +

  Terrell Lewis was the eighth of the nine players selected from Alabama in the NFL Draft last month. But the Los Angeles Rams think they might have gotten the best the Crimson Tide had to offer this year when they acquired the outside linebacker with a third-round choice. Rams general manager Les Snead cited Alabama coach Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide staff as the basis for that notion. During a video presentation this month for the team's season-ticket holders, Snead recounted how a scouting report from Alabama's 2018 spring practice stuck with him from among the thousands of words the Rams' scouts wrote about Lewis.

"Amongst all those five-stars and all the draftees they've had over the last few years," Snead said, "there was one sentence where, either (scout) Billy (Johnson) or Ted (Monago) wrote, the staff ranked Alabama players one through 125 or however many they have out there on that practice field, they ranked Terrell one and (quarterback) Tua (Tagovailoa) second. I remember ad nauseum of really trying to figure out this player and work through him, that sentence and that piece of data definitely resonated. A very astute staff that's won a lot of games and has seen a lot of talent put this five-star as their most talented player on the team." Johnson, an area scout for the Rams, said Saban's opinion carried weight proportional to the coach's status in college football. "Alabama's the mecca," Johnson said. "It's the land of the five-stars. You can go out there as a scout and just start drooling. Everybody looks good. You definitely listen if he says something. You're going to write it down and probably put it in a report, that's for sure." - Birmingham News


(DS#4 DE) rJr/2020 DE Terrell LewisAlabama
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  05/26/20 - *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Fans eager to see Tua Tagovailoa play NFL football will have that opportunity on Tuesday night - in a virtual setting, of course. The former Alabama All-American will square off against New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in a game of "Madden NFL 20" at 7 p.m. CST Tuesday as part of Verizon's "Pay It Forward Live" campaign. "Pay It Forward Live" is a twice-weekly livestream that has featured entertainers performing from their homes in support of small businesses. The game will be available on a variety of outlets, including Verizon's livestream. It also will be available via Yahoo, Verizon's Facebook and YouTube pages, Fios Channels 501 and 604, Yahoo Finance on Samsung TV Plus on Channel 1017, the Roku Channel, AXS TV, FOX NOW, iHeart and SiriusXM. - Birmingham News

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  05/20/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 205 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  In addition to excelling on the field, Alabama's football team has been excelling in the classroom. The Crimson Tide football team posted a program-record Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 990, according to figures released by the NCAA this week that cover the four-year period from the 2015-16 through the 2018-19 school years. That score (990) is 22 points higher than the national average for FBS football teams and ranked second-best in the SEC. The football team was one of 13 Alabama programs to post APR figures above the national average in their respective sports.

The basketball team was another one of those 13 programs. Like the football team, the basketball team had an APR score of 990, which was 24 points higher than the national average for FBS basketball programs. "Our latest NCAA APR numbers show that we remain steadfast in The University of Alabama's overarching mission to provide a top-notch education while providing a strong springboard to future success," Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne said. "Our dedication to that mission is campus wide and it shows." - Birmingham News


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  05/15/20 - *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tua-mania is very real. By now you've heard over the past two weeks, Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has the two best-selling jerseys on NFLShop.com. Tagovailoa's Miami aqua jersey is No. 1 and his white jersey is No. 2. There are now a variety of options for men, women and children who want to show their love for the former Alabama quarterback, who will wear No. 1, for the Dolphins. Fanatics.com has the quarterback's jersey for sale for just $99 in both the aqua and the white. Ladies, you aren't forgotten. Women's jerseys are also available. - Birmingham News

(DS#2 QB) Jr/2020 QB *Tua TagovailoaAlabama
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  05/13/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 205 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  NFL teams are only in the beginning stages of evaluating Jones, who started four games last season but was never considered a candidate to declare for the 2020 draft as an early entrant. Jones is one of eight quarterbacks on the radar of the Senior Bowl, although with two years of eligibility remaining, it is not a lock Jones would enter the NFL draft this winter, Dickinson said. Jones' performance in the Iron Bowl left plenty for NFL teams to digest. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns but also gave points back on a pair of pick-six interceptions. "He had a couple unfortunate situations," Dickinson said. "Ball spun off of the running back [Najee Harris'] back and they had the pick six. That doesn't happen very often."

Jones faced an Auburn defensive line that included a first-round pick (Derrick Brown) and second-round pick (Marlon Davidson) in April's draft, as well as Nick Coe, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots. The quarterback's resiliency in the game impressed Auburn's defenders as well as his private coach. "I think he played more comfortable than he thought I might," Dickinson said. "I thought after he made a couple mistakes that he came back and did some really good stuff." Listed at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Jones falls below what would be considered an ideal size for his position at the NFL level, which is why Walker wants to see Jones continue to bulk up as his college career progresses. - Birmingham News


(DS#11 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  05/12/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 205 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Speculation of a TCU and Alabama football match-up to start the 2020 season at AT&T Stadium has been building for a couple days now. ESPN commentator Paul Finebaum addressed the chatter on national airwaves Tuesday morning. But TCU is shooting down the speculation as just that - speculation. For now, at least. There's been no official talks between the schools. "We are preparing to play Cal in Week 1," TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati told the Star-Telegram. "If we determine at some point that we cannot do so, we'll look at other options."

Donati said that a decision on what do to about the opponent for that Week 1 contest needs to be made by around July 1. Why is this match-up speculation gaining momentum? Well, both schools are set to face Pac-12, California-based schools to open the season. TCU is scheduled to play at Cal on Sept. 5, while Alabama and USC are scheduled to meet at AT&T Stadium that day. But the Pac-12 has discussed playing a conference-only schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic. That would limit the amount of travel and exposure those teams would face this fall. - Fort Worth Star


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  05/11/20 - *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a surprise for his mother on Mother's Day. The former Alabama All-American gave Diane Tagovailoa a Cadillac Escalade on Sunday. Tua Tagovailoa shared the gift presentation on his Instagram account on Sunday night. The fifth player selected in the NFL Draft on April 23, Tagovailoa is in line for a four-year, $30.275 million contract that will include a signing bonus of around $19.6 million. Tagovailoa headed for the NFL as Alabama's all-time leader in touchdown passes and the holder of the NCAA FBS record for career passing-efficiency rating at 199.4. Tagovailoa completed 474-of-684 passes for 7,442 yards with 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and ran for 340 yards and nine touchdowns on 107 carries in three seasons with the Crimson Tide. - Birmingham News

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  05/08/20 - DeVonta SmithSr/2021, Alabama, 6-0, 175 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne said during a virtual town hall Thursday night that a decision about whether there will be changes to the upcoming football season will have to be made within the next two months. "I think when we get into late June and the first week of July, we're gonna have to make some decisions," Byrne told a group of ticket-holders and donors. "Coach Saban and I have had a number of discussions about it: what do we need for the safety of our kids to be able to come back and be ready, be football ready at the SEC level? "That's four at the very minimum but very likely six weeks of preparation to get ready. And so how you pull that all together when that to comes mid-July to late-July, we're gonna have to have some decisions made on what that looks like."

Alabama would typically open fall camp around Aug. 1, with its season opener scheduled for Sept. 5 in Dallas against USC, although Saban has proposed a non-contact teaching period ahead of the start of fall camp that would presumably take place in late July. The Tide opens its home schedule Sept. 12 and Byrne said the school continues to plan for a full fall sports schedule that includes Bryant-Denny Stadium at full capacity. "Are we looking at different options on what could potentially take place? Yes, we are," Byrne said. "We're not necessarily broadcasting what those are." - Birmingham News


(DS#1 WR) Sr/2021 WR DeVonta SmithAlabama
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  05/06/20 - *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will wear No. 1 for the Miami Dolphins. The fifth player picked in the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23, Tagovailoa wore No. 13 while playing at Alabama. He also wore that number while playing for Saint Louis School in Honolulu. But Tagovailoa couldn't wear No. 13 for Miami. The Dolphins retired that jersey number to honor quarterback Dan Marino. Marino played for Miami from 1983 through 1999 and retired as the NFL's career leader in passing yards and touchdown passes. Marino entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in his first year of eligibility.

Marino's 13 is one of three numbers retired by the Dolphins. The others are the No. 12 of quarterback Bob Griese and the No. 39 of running back Larry Csonka. Tagovailoa revealed his new number via his Instagram account on Tuesday night. Fanatics is already selling the Tagovailoa No. 1 jersey for $99 with free shipping available. Eight Miami players have worn No. 1, the most notable being place-kicker Garo Yepremian, who had that jersey for the Dolphins from 1970 through 1978. Former Auburn kicker Cody Parkey wore No. 1 during his single season with Miami in 2017. - Birmingham News


(DS#2 QB) Jr/2020 QB *Tua TagovailoaAlabama
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  05/02/20 - *Henry Ruggs IIIJr/2020, Alabama, 5-11, 188 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  The Las Vegas Raiders have straight-from-the-factory parts to follow the Alabama blueprint for offensive success. The Raiders used a first-round draft choice on Alabama running back Josh Jacobs last year, and he became the first rookie in franchise history with 1,000 rushing yards in the 2019 season. Las Vegas used another first-round draft choice on Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III on Thursday night, and the fastest player at this year's NFL Scouting Combine could be the key to even more success for Jacobs in 2020. "I think having balance on offense is always really important," Alabama coach Nick Saban told the Raiders' official website, "and I know that's something that the Raiders probably believe in and how (coach) Jon (Gruden)'s trying to build his program.

"You know, all the great running backs we had here, we always had a great receiver that sort of went with them. When Julio Jones was here, Mark Ingram was the tailback, and you can go through the years and just try to map that out, and it always works that way. And I think they complement one another because if you really want to stop the run you want to put an extra guy in the box all the time, so you've got to play single-high coverage, which leaves one-on-one coverage outside. If you want to stop outside people, you want to play more split-safety coverages, which now you don't have an extra guy in the box, so it's easier to run the ball. I think having guys like that to complement one another is probably the beginning of really developing a very effective offense." - Birmingham News


(DS#3 WR) Jr/2020 WR *Henry Ruggs IIIAlabama
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  05/02/20 - *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Miami Dolphins kept their intention to draft quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hidden up until the former Alabama quarterback was selected with the fifth overall pick last week. Various reports in the weeks and months leading into the draft questioned whether the Dolphins were sold on Tagovailoa, and even Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn -- whose team picked No. 3 -- was not sure what the Dolphins would do. Through it all, Alabama coach Nick Saban was optimistic that Miami would make Tagovailoa the highest NFL-drafted quarterback for the Tide since 1948. "Based on the calls that I get and information that I get," Saban said in a video conference with South Florida media Thursday, according to the Palm Beach Post, "I was really, really hopeful that Miami would take him."

Saban, though, was not completely confident in that actually happening. "I think he will be a great face of the organization there," Saban said. "I was just rooting for the guy. I felt so bad about him getting injured. Would those consequences of that injury affect his draft status dramatically? Probably as anxious as I ever was about a player getting drafted." Saban had been in contact with Dolphins general manager Chris Grier, who served as a national college scout while Saban was Miami's head coach in 2005 and 2006. - Birmingham News


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  05/01/20 - *Tua TagovailoaJr/2020, Alabama, 6-0, 217 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  When the Miami Dolphins selected Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in last week's NFL Draft, it guaranteed the Hawaiian left-hander millions of dollars. But what if Tagovailoa could have made millions while staying for another season at Alabama? If the recent NCAA-endorsed plan for name, image and likeness was in place and allowed Tagovailoa to be paid to star in commercials, he could have according to those most bullish about the market for college athletes. Tagovailoa would have been well suited to cash in on his national recognition and ability to tap into multiple markets given his Hawaiian roots. Bob Dorfman, creative director of Baker Street Advertising, says Tagovailoa could have made "three to five million, easy" during his time at Alabama. Andy Schwarz, an economist and partner at OSKR, believes "low millions" would have been possible for Tagovailoa though six figures was probably more likely early on.

In talking to multiple sports marketing experts, a consensus emerges that it is players like Tagovailoa and Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence who stand to gain the most if the boldest aspects of the NCAA's proposed NIL plan come to fruition. (There is a lot of skepticism that they will, which we'll get to later.) Similar to the NFL where quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers reap the biggest endorsement deals, it will likely be the high-profile quarterbacks and Heisman contenders who brands will want to embrace. In theory, brands will be allowed to pay athletes to promote their products on social media platforms, appear in television commercials and attend events, among other options. - Birmingham News


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