Tagovailoa, Allen win coaches SEC player of year awards
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference coaches have named Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen as offensive and defensive players of the year.
Kentucky's Mark Stoops is the SEC coach of the year in voting by league coaches announced on Wednesday.
Texas A&M's Braden Mann is the pick as top special teams player and Crimson Tide receiver Jaylen Waddle is freshman of the year. Alabama players also claimed two other awards.
Take your seats, ’Bama fans, or you might miss a touchdown
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama fans can't take their time getting settled in for the start of games.
They might miss a touchdown, or two or three.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide has wasted no time pouncing on opponents this season, jumping out to big leads that have effectively taken away any drama about the outcome.
Locksley presiding over No. 1 Alabama’s potent offense
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — If Mike Locksley lacks the national cachet of other recent Alabama offensive coordinators, he does have the numbers — and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa — on his side.
He's not a big-name former head coach at a football powerhouse, like Lane Kiffin and (briefly) Steve Sarkisian or a longtime NFL assistant like Brian Daboll. Locksley's offense might still prove to be the best coach Nick Saban has had with the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which hosts Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA — Let’s address the elephant in the room, and no, it’s not Big Al.
Alabama finished with a season-low 116 rushing yards this past weekend against LSU. It went three-and-out six times and lost 37 yards on the ground. Both are season highs.
“We didn’t do a good job of blocking them up front,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “I don’t think we did a good job of getting movement in the running game, which affected our ability and consistency in the running game.”
Alabama football: Now scanning the field as he scrambles, Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts adds new dimension
TUSCALOOSA – The first-half clock ticked inside seven minutes. Alabama held a 24-point lead against Ole Miss but, here, faced third-and-19 from the Rebels 23. Jalen Hurts stomped his feet, clapped his hands and called for the football.
Defensive end Victor Evans swatted aside Crimson Tide left tackle Jonah Williams, flushing Hurts from the pocket. Head up and eyes fixed downfield, Hurts rolled to his left, approaching the line of scrimmage with the tantalizing option to tuck and run.
Alabama notebook: Forristall goes down; long snapper honors a friend
TUSCALOOSA — Alabama has lost a tight end.
Sophomore Miller Forristall suffered a torn ACL in the third quarter of Saturday’s 41-23 win against Colorado State, coach Nick Saban revealed after the game.
“It’ll be confirmed tomorrow, but he’s probably got a (torn) ACL,” Saban said. “If that’s the case, he’ll be out for the year.”
The Cartersville, Ga., resident was injured following his 12-yard reception that extended the Tide’s 88-yard scoring drive in the third quarter.
Some offensive playmakers remain TBA for Hurts, Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama tight end Hale Hentges is OK with not getting the ball that often, figuring that means other playmakers are getting their chance.
That hasn't always been the case in the first two games for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which is still trying to identify, develop or just get the ball more to some of those weapons. Quarterback Jalen Hurts and Alabama should have plenty of options and some time to figure things out before the next big game.
Alabama football: Hurts puts the pain on Fresno State
TUSCALOOSA — Hale Hentges raised his hands in triumph. The man for whom he opened a gaping hole along the right side dove for the pylon raced ahead, leaving two Fresno State defenders little chance once they reached the 10-yard line.
Jalen Hurts high stepped, reaching the football over the goal line, a 55-yard touchdown run upheld by a brief replay review.
Jalen Hurts leads No. 1 Alabama past Fresno State, 41-10
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Hurts set the tone for Alabama early in the week and again to start the game.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide needed to play better Saturday against Fresno State, he told his teammates. Hurts certainly did.
He ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a third score in No. 1 Alabama's 41-10 victory Saturday, getting the Tide rolling with a 55-yard touchdown run two plays into the game.