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Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

Alabama football: Brian Daboll will throw the deep ball

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at what we can learn about Alabama’s offense to be. 

After off-season talk of Alabama’s return to a conservative offense, all anybody can talk about now is the deep ball. Now that Jalen Hurts has miraculously learned to hurl an 80-yard bomb sitting down, or something like that, imaginations are running wild about what the offense could be capable of.

While drawing too much of a conclusion from Brian Daboll’s extremely diverse coaching stops is a fool’s errand, there is some basis for this expectation. He turned Matt Cassel, of all players, into a deep threat, and statistically speaking, wasn’t afraid of dialing up the deep shot.

If Daboll really has been able to add that dimension to the offense, it’s hard to imagine what Alabama will be capable of — or what the Tide will run. If you have the returning SEC Offensive Player of the Year with the ability to air it out, throw it short, run the read option and outrun everybody, which head do you focus on — whether you’re coaching or defending the hydra? And if that flaw is out of Hurts’ game, so much for the prophets of Tua Tagovailoa.

The best prediction at this point is no prediction at all. As is so often the case in spring ball, we’ll just have to wait and see.

ICYMI

  • Our Chris Walsh caught up with Alabama’s new athletic director for a Q&A.
  • Meet early enrollee Brian Robinson — and the best barbecue in Tuscaloosa — with AL.com’s Lauren Sisler:

Built by Bama

Former Alabama lineman D.J. Fluker will reportedly face some competition at his new position with the New York Giants, but Fluker said he welcomes the challenge. Fluker, who is listed at 339 pounds this year, said he understands the business and everyone’s focus should be on putting the best line on the field to win the Super Bowl.

Cam Robinson will work out for the Panthers. 

Former Alabama golfer Robby Shelton is tied for second at the Mackenzie Tour’s Q-School.

Meanwhile, Justin Thomas is … on vacation:

Around the Capstone

The baseball team trotted out a brand new starter en route to a 6-4 win against University of Alabama at Birmingham on Tuesday. Zac Rogers held the Blazers scoreless for 4 innings before his relief came in and held a shutout into the ninth. UAB scored all of its runs in the top of the ninth but couldn’t overcome Alabama’s margin. The Crimson Tide improved to 14-19.

The softball team also beat UAB, 8-0, powered by a Peyton Grantham grand slam. The win came on the same day the No. 9 Crimson Tide returned to the top 10 and just before the team heads to Tennessee this weekend to take on the Volunteers.

Women’s tennis star and former NCAA doubles champion Erin Routliffe was named to the SEC’s community service team for her extensive volunteering. Meanwhile, three gymnasts — Aja Sims, Nickie Guerrero and Kiana Winston —were selected All-Americans. 

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