TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — There was no shortage of NFL executives on hand to watch several Crimson Tide players workout during Alabama's pro day ahead of next month's NFL draft.
Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson joins NFL draft exodus
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama middle linebacker Mack Wilson is entering the NFL draft.
Wilson becomes the seventh Crimson Tide player and fourth defender to declare for the draft since losing to Clemson in the national title game.
The junior announced his intentions on Twitter Sunday evening.
Wilson made 71 tackles with five for a loss and had two interceptions last season.
The Montgomery, Alabama product played in 42 games over the past two seasons and had 119 career tackles.
Alabama safety Deionte Thompson declares for NFL draft
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — All-America safety Deionte Thompson has joined a growing crowd of Alabama players leaving early for the NFL draft.
Thompson announced his decision Sunday on Twitter. He's the sixth Crimson Tide underclassman to announce his decision to leave early.
Thompson was a consensus All-American in his first season as the starter. He made 79 tackles and had two interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Alabama DB Saivion Smith declares for NFL draft
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama cornerback Saivion Smith is entering the NFL draft.
Smith announced his decision Saturday on Twitter, becoming the fifth Crimson Tide underclassmen to turn pro this week.
The junior college transfer played in all 15 games during his lone season at Alabama, starting 12. He had 60 tackles, three interceptions and eight tackles for loss.
Smith was a five-star recruit who played one season at LSU before transferring to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
4 Alabama players announce they are declaring for NFL draft
Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr.
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.
12 Alabama players earn all-SEC honors from league’s coaches
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference champion Alabama has a league-high 12 players on the all-conference team selected by SEC coaches.
Georgia had seven players selected on the team. Missouri and South Carolina each had five all-SEC selections.
No. 1 Alabama still running _ just not as dominant doing it
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's offense can still try to play the neighborhood bully at times, just not quite so effectively as in recent seasons.
As many as 9 SEC schools could have 1st-round draft picks
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Alabama set an SEC record with 12 players taken in the 2018 NFL draft, including four in the first round.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide are sure to have several high draft picks in next year's draft, too, but there are players at many other SEC schools that are also likely to hear their names called in the first round of the 2019 draft.
According to several mock draft boards the SEC could have first-rounders from as many as nine schools.
No. 1 Alabama puts streaks on line against No. 18 MSU
No. 18 Mississippi State (6-3, 2-3 SEC, No. 16 CFP) at No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP), 3:30 p.m. EST (CBS)
Line: Alabama by 24½.
Series record: Alabama leads 81-18-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Alabama has already locked up a spot in the SEC championship game against No. 5 Georgia and wants to keep chasing a perfect season. The Bulldogs are seeking their third straight win and a better bowl landing spot.
Alabama’s Quinnen Williams a dominant force on D-line
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The guys who have to block Quinnen Williams in practice aren't the least bit surprised by his success on Alabama's defensive line.
Williams has emerged as a dominant force for the top-ranked Crimson Tide at nose guard, doing in games all season what he had often done in practice.
Tagovailoa one of 5 Alabama midseason AP All-Americans
Tua Tagovailoa and four of his Alabama teammates highlight The Associated Press midseason All-America team.
Tagovailoa, the prolific quarterback of the top-ranked Crimson Tide, has 21 touchdown passes and no interceptions without having to attempt a pass in the fourth quarter because Alabama has been so thoroughly dominant. The Tide is averaging 53.6 points per game.
AP Midseason All-America Team, List
The 2018 Associated Press midseason All-America team:
Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama.
Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis.
Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson.
Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Shane Lemieux, junior, Oregon.
Center — Ross Pierschbacher, senior, Alabama.
Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M.
Georgia places 12 on coaches preseason All-SEC teams
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Georgia led the way with 12 players on the preseason coaches All-Southeastern Conference teams.
Alabama had 10 All-SEC picks and Auburn had nine on the teams released Thursday.
The defending national champion Crimson Tide had a league-high five first-team picks. That group includes left tackle Jonah Williams, center Ross Pierschbacher, tailback Damien Harris, defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and linebacker Mack Wilson.
Texas A&M is fielding one of the youngest football teams in the Southeastern Conference this season. Here is a brief look at the other SEC teams in regards to playing underclassmen.
No. 1 Alabama heavy favorite against rival Tennessee
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jonah Williams and his Alabama teammates only get a quick bus ride to soak in the pre-game atmosphere of the Alabama-Tennessee rivalry. It's still enough to reinforce the significance to fans.
The traditional Third Saturday in October rivalry game hasn't been much of a rivalry on the field over the past decade, but it's rich in history.
Alabama football: Jonah Williams named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week
TUSCALOOSA — Alabama’s gelling offensive line received another honor.
Left tackle Jonah Williams was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week on Monday after grading out at 92 percent in the Crimson Tide’s 41-9 win against Arkansas.
Alabama football: Womack’s emergence gives offensive line continuity, cohesion
TUSCALOOSA — The first play of a game organizers hailed as the greatest season-opener of all time thrust Alabama’s unhyped right tackle into the spotlight.
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.
Hurts, Alabama players top coaches preseason All-SEC team
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama placed a league-high 15 players on the coaches preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams, including quarterback Jalen Hurts.
The SEC released the teams on Wednesday with all 14 members represented.
Alabama had four players on the first-team offense and four on the first-team defense, plus punter JK Scott.
Reigning SEC offensive player of the year Hurts was joined by offensive linemen Jonah Williams and Ross Pierschbacher, along with wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
Alabama’s Jonah Williams thriving on line as freshman
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jonah Williams never got caught up in recruiting rankings. And he knew that his high school success assured him of nothing once he arrived at Alabama.
He doesn't dwell on the praise.
But there's lots of it.
Outland Trophy winner Cam Robinson thinks Williams is better than he was as a freshman. Crimson Tide offensive line coach Mario Cristobal calls his young right tackle "the best I've seen."