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  10/21/20 - DeVonta SmithSr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 175 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  Alabama doesn't need any help defeating opponents. Georgia felt generous on Saturday night, though, and gave the Crimson Tide plenty of aid with a bundle of mistakes in the second half of a 41-24 loss. Despite an interception on the initial drive from junior quarterback Stetson Bennett, the Bulldogs played fairly clean in the first half. The pick came on a deflection, the offense rolled up 24 points and the defense, for the most part, kept the explosive Crimson Tide offense in check. Still, one play stuck out to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart after the game. On Alabama's second touchdown, junior quarterback Mac Jones bluffed a bubble screen to junior receiver Jaylen Waddle and lofted a 17-yard touchdown pass to senior DeVonta Smith to tie the game at 17. "It's actually a play we repped and gave it up for a touchdown to the scout team," Smart said. "Then they beat us with it." - Macon Telegraph

(DS#3 WR) Sr/2021 WR DeVonta SmithAlabama
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  10/21/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  One week after becoming the first quarterback in Alabama history with back-to-back 400-yard passing games, Jones upped the streak to three games in a row. Against Georgia's top-ranked defense, Jones was 24 of 32 for 417 yards with four touchdown passes. In the Tide's last three games, the redshirt junior has thrown for 1,269 yards with 10 touchdown passes and a 79-percent completion percentage. - Birmingham News

(DS#4 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  10/19/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  OCT 19 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama,...The junior quarterback was in complete control of a commanding 41-24 victory over No. 3 Georgia...Produced a 219.5 passer rating against the nation's top-ranked defense...Threw for 417 yards while completing 75 percent (24 of 32) of his passes with four touchdowns...Recorded his third straight 400-yard passing game while averaging 17.38 yards per completion and 13.0 per attempt...Registered eight explosive plays 15 yards or more, including scoring strikes of 40, 17, 90 and 13 yards...Was 4 of 5 for 202 yards and two touchdowns on passes 30-plus yards down the field against the Bulldogs...Accounted for 19 first downs through the air...Leads the nation in yards per completion (16.87) and yards per attempt (13.2), while ranking second in completion percentage (78.3) and passing yards per game (379.5). - SEC Football

(DS#4 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  10/18/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Mac Jones' rise from little-known backup to Tua Tagovailoa last season to Heisman Trophy candidate this season reached a check point Saturday night against Georgia. Jones, whose statistics through three SEC games this season compared to those of Tagovailoa the past two seasons, still had something to prove. The fourth-year quarterback scorched Ole Miss' defense last week, completing 88 percent of his passes for 417 yards and two touchdowns. But the Rebels had allowed an FBS-worst 600 yards per game, a far cry from the nation's best defense that would test Jones under the lights in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Jones answered the call and continued to show the college football world he is a strength, not a liability, on a team that increasingly looks like it will go only as far as its offense takes it this season.

Alabama overcame another game of early defensive lapses to win, 41-24. Jones completed 24 of 32 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns. Entering the game with the country's best passing efficiency rating, 220.3, Jones hardly skipped a beat in compiling a 219.5 rating against a Georgia defense that had given up the nation's third-lowest mark (99.0) before Saturday. "I think Mac did very well," Nick Saban said. "He stayed in a good place. He had his eyes in the right place, most of the time on most of the reads. He played really well." - Birmingham News


(DS#4 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  10/18/20 - LaBryan RayrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-4, 295 (DS#5 DE) + More +

  Following Alabama's win over Georgia Saturday night, Nick Saban provided updates on two injured players who weren't able to play vs. the Bulldogs. Starting defensive end LaBryan Ray has a sprained elbow, an injury that happened during practice, while reserve tight end Carl Tucker was out due to a pulled hamstring that he suffered on special teams during the Crimson Tide's win over Ole Miss last week. Both players will be questionable for next week's game against Tennessee, Saban said. - Birmingham News

(DS#5 DE) rJr/2022 DE LaBryan RayAlabama
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  10/18/20 - Najee HarrisSr/2021, Alabama, 6-2, 230 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Braxton Weidman called last week "life changing." That type of comment from an 8-year-old boy may not seem all that unusual, but, coming from Weidman, it might be the most profound thing you read all week. The Birmingham native was diagnosed with a stage 4 brain tumor last month, so Najee Harris' five-TD and 206-yard rushing performance against Ole Miss meant more than just another Alabama win. ESPN's "College GameDay" shared the emotional story of the Weidman family from the time of the diagnosis in September and how the Alabama Crimson Tide rallied around the 8-year-old boy.

In three weeks, Weidman had two brain surgeries and the part of the right temporal lobe removed. He will soon start radiation. "Brain surgery is a lot for just an 8-year-old," Weidman told ESPN. "Ain't no kid should go through that." That's where Alabama coach Nick Saban and running back Najee Harris comes in. Weidman's favorite Alabama player is Harris, and both reached out when they heard his story. "I feel like me talking to Braxton made more of my day, my whole week," Harris said. "It's motivating me more going into the game." Weidman asked Saban if he was going to run Harris, and he even had some advice for his favorite player. "You do you and most of the time when you do you, you got it," Weidman said. - Birmingham News


(DS#2 RB) Sr/2021 RB Najee HarrisAlabama
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  10/17/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Mac Jones passed for 417 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama's aerial assault picked apart No. 3 Georgia's heralded defense in the second half of a 41-24 victory Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (4-0), with coach Nick Saban stalking the sideline after a COVID-19 scare, rallied with three touchdowns in a 10-minute span starting late in the third quarter of a battle of the Southeastern Conference's last remaining unbeatens. The nation's top scoring offense ultimately got the decisive upper hand in a battle with the Bulldogs (3-1) and one of the nation's best defenses.

Georgia had no answer for Jones and star receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, especially with Alabama's own beleaguered defense grabbing two second-half interceptions and three overall. Smith caught 11 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter that effectively put it out of reach. Waddle caught a 90-yard touchdown pass and gained 161 yards on six catches. - Alabama/AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  10/17/20 - DeVonta SmithSr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 175 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  Alabama's offense was too much for Georgia's defense. Mac Jones passed for 417 yards and four touchdowns, and the No. 2 Crimson Tide's aerial assault picked apart No. 3 Georgia's heralded defense in the second half of a 41-24 victory. Alabama, with coach Nick Saban stalking the sideline after a COVID-19 scare, rallied with three touchdowns in a 10-minute span starting late in the third quarter of a battle of the Southeastern Conference's last remaining unbeatens. The nation's top scoring offense ultimately got the decisive upper hand in a battle with the Bulldogs and one of the nation's best defenses. Georgia had no answer for Jones and star receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, especially with Alabama's own beleaguered defense grabbing two second-half interceptions and three overall. - AP College Football

(DS#3 WR) Sr/2021 WR DeVonta SmithAlabama
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  10/17/20 - Najee HarrisSr/2021, Alabama, 6-2, 230 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Alabama coach Nick Saban will be back on the sideline against Georgia after all. The Southeastern Conference cleared Saban on Saturday to coach in the game after he tested negative for COVID-19 the past three days. The move came hours ahead of Saturday night's game between the second-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 3 Bulldogs. Saban had initially tested positive on Wednesday, along with athletic director Greg Byrne. Team physician Jimmy Robinson said Saban was tested the next three mornings, and the initial result was deemed a false positive. - AP College Football

(DS#2 RB) Sr/2021 RB Najee HarrisAlabama
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  10/17/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  The only unknown surrounding Alabama's national title chances is how it would replace quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. It took Jones three games to prove that wouldn't be a problem. He's completing 79.5 percent of his passes for 1,101 yards and eight touchdowns while only being sacked twice. So far his impressive wins are against No. 13 Texas A&M where he threw for four touchdowns and guiding the Crimson Tide through a shootout with Ole Miss. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#4 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  10/17/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Legends leave long shadows - something nobody needs to tell Mac Jones. Signing in the same class as Tua Tagovailoa before waiting his turn three seasons, Jones is still connected to the Miami Dolphins' first-round draft pick. "Yeah, but how does that compare to Tua..." It remains an FAQ after Jones' hot start to his first season as the catalyst of Alabama's offense and there's easy way to draw parallels. The 2020 season is just so absurdly different from any previous years. Here we are in October staring down a three-game, conference-only statistical sample size. But there are a few ways to measure these things with a healthy number of asterisks and caveats in play. Statistically, Jones' first three games stack up similarly to Tagovailoa's open to the 2019 season. Jones has 104 more passing yards on eight more attempts and a slightly better completion percentage. The beginning of the 2018 season had a different dynamic with Jalen Hurts sharing more of the load and Tagovailoa throwing 41 fewer passes in three games compared to 2019. "Mac's doing a good job of taking the spot of 13," Alabama running back Najee Harris said Monday. "He's living up to everything." - Birmingham News

(DS#4 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  10/17/20 - DeMarcco HellamsSo/2023, Alabama, 6-1, 208 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  For a team replacing three starters in its secondary, Alabama football had few questions in terms of personnel. Jordan Battle was already a partial starter, playing deep safety in dime packages in 2019, and Daniel Wright was a solid second-stringer, giving both an obvious path to starting roles in 2020. Three games in, that plan is in shambles. Battle will miss the first half of the Georgia game after a targeting ejection in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss. Wright was benched in the second half of that game. The fallout could leave sophomore DeMarcco Hellams in a much bigger role in UA's secondary for at least the first half against the Bulldogs, if not the second half and several games beyond. Hellams was the one who replaced Wright against Ole Miss and finished with six tackles.

"Well we've got a lot of confidence in DeMarcco," UA coach Nick Saban said. "I think he went in there and did a good job. He's been a really good special teams player for us, played some in dime." Hellams was identified by outgoing starting safety Jared Mayden as a player who "came into his own" during his freshman season. Hellams had to compete with sophomore Jalyn Armour-Davis, junior college transfer Ronald Williams Jr. and freshmen Malachi Moore and Brian Branch for playing time at UA's star and money positions, its nickel and dime defensive backs. Moore got the nod at star and Hellams won the money position. "It's a role that needs to be filled with a tremendous amount of talent, but also knows the playbook as well," UA cornerback Patrick Surtain II said. "DeMarcco has been handling that role very well. We look for him to play that role great." - Montgomery Advertiser


(DS#999 SS) So/2023 SS DeMarcco HellamsAlabama
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  10/12/20 - Najee HarrisSr/2021, Alabama, 6-2, 230 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  OCT 12 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama,...The senior running back turned in a career game in a 63-48 win at Ole Miss with 248 all-purpose yards...Rushed for a career-high five touchdowns, tying Shaun Alexander and Santonio Beard's school record...Rushed for a career-best 206 yards on 23 carries for an average of 9.0 yards per carry...Scored on runs of 5, 33, 3, 16 and 39 yards...Also caught three passes for 42 yards and averaged 9.5 yards per touch (26 for 248)...Recorded eight explosive plays of at least 12 yards, six rushes and two receptions...Converted seven first downs on the ground and three more through the air...His 10 rushing touchdowns through three games is the most in the SEC in at least the last 15 seasons. - SEC Football

(DS#2 RB) Sr/2021 RB Najee HarrisAlabama
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  10/12/20 - Mac JonesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  In his first three games as the full-time starter, Jones has struck the tricky balance of being both efficient and explosive. He completed 28 of his 32 passes against the Rebels, continuing a trend after completing nearly 75% of his passes against Missouri and Texas A&M. Jones did not rack up that completion percentage on short and safe throws, averaging 13.03 yards per attempt for a total of 417 yards. Alabama's rushing attack drew scrutiny after two weeks, as it averaged 3.44 yards per carry over 64 attempts. It was better against the Rebels (Najee Harris ran for over 200 and cracked the top 10 in school history, Brian Robinson Jr. ran for over 75), but it may not need it at all points in time with the way Jones is performing at the moment. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#4 QB) rJr/2022 QB Mac JonesAlabama
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  10/12/20 - Dylan MosesrJr/2022, Alabama, 6-2, 235 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  A group of FBS head coaches was less convinced Alabama is the No. 1 team in the country after Saturday night's record-setting 63-48 win at Ole Miss. The Tide lost nine of its 14 first-place votes from last week's coaches poll, but remained No. 2 in Sunday's version of the poll. Alabama held onto five first-place votes as Clemson strengthened its grip on No. 1 with 55 of the 62 possible votes. Ohio State, No. 5, continued to receive first-place votes from two coaches. In the Associated Press poll, Alabama lost six of its eight first-place votes from last week. It remained No. 2 with two first-place votes, ahead of No. 3 Georgia, which received one first-place vote. The polls set up a meeting Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia. - Birmingham News

(DS#1 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Dylan MosesAlabama
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