Alabama football: No news is all the news at quarterback
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at the nonexistent quarterback battle and its effect on recruiting.
After years of spring news cycles centered around quarterbacks at Alabama, the news so far is that there is none. Jalen Hurts is the starter and won’t be deposed by another freshman from the sound of things. Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones will wait for next season, at the earliest, barring injury or an early departure from Jalen Hurts. Of course, you can’t bar injury, literally, so Alabama will enjoy one of the most talented benches in football, if one of the most inexperienced — an issue that has caused coach Nick Saban no end of grief.
In fact, the bench is so crowded that it may be causing problems in recruiting. Previously, Alabama could count on a high-ranking 4-star or 5-star prospect to sign with Alabama just for the shot at beating out an incumbent. Now, that top quarterback would come in needing to beat out three 5-star players or to change positions. Where Alabama could sign a slew of quarterbacks, start one and transfer the rest, some may be more reticent to waste years of eligibility sitting behind young players.
Or Saban could recover and find the best players in the country. Again. Time will tell.
- Nick Saban’s program is as much psychological as physical.
- Much attention has been paid to Alabama’s new offensive coordinator, but don’t overlook the new special teams coach, Joe Pannunzio, who brings experience and energy to the role.
- Speaking of, let’s talk return specialists.
- We made a March Madness team of SEC football players, which reminds me that A’Shawn Robinson could take a ball between his legs and dunk it.
- The SEC will implement a clear bag policy.
Built by Bama
Trent Richardson strenuously denied physically attacking his ex-girlfriend in an interview given shortly after she was arrested for battery after ramming Richardson’s car with her own.
Derrick Henry had a promising first season in Tennessee but may need a new role going forward. Like Alabama fans circa Sugar Bowl 2014, Tennessee fans have been clamoring for the promising back to take the starting job and become the go-to threat in what could be one of the best offenses in the AFC.
And while I normally think that Lane Kiffin news is not Alabama news, because Lane Kiffin does not work for the University of Alabama, here’s a note of interest: Former Alabama receiver Antonio Carter is suing Kiffin for fraud. According to the suit, Kiffin promised Carter a job as part of a recruiting scheme, but Florida Atlantic never followed through, relying on a pair of resolved misdemeanors to declare Carter ineligible before refusing to take his calls or requests for meetings.
Robert Horry was honored before a game by the Houston Rockets. You can see their video tribute below.
Dont’a Hightower likes hot yoga.
Around the Capstone
The women’s basketball team has already had its best postseason appearance in a decade. If Alabama wants to continue its deep WNIT run, it has to make it through the team that eliminated it last year: Tulane. It’s likely to be a clash of styles, with Alabama preferring to play close to the basket, while Tulane dwells on the perimeter. Alabama is much more prepared than last season, but that’s no guarantee. The game tips off at 7 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum and will be streamed at RollTide.com.
At the NCAA swimming championships, Alabama got off to a slow start, finishing 22nd in the 800 relay. The first full slate of events starts Thursday.
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