Browns draft pick Mack Wilson making plays at linebacker
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Rookie linebacker Mack Wilson is trending in a positive direction at Browns training camp and on social media.
The fifth-round pick from Alabama was the only NFL player...
Browns stay defensive on third day of NFL draft
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns stayed defensive on the third day of the NFL draft, selecting Miami cornerback Sheldrick Redwine and Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson.
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 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.
Vols’ Pruitt confident Guarantano will be ready this week
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says he expects quarterback Jarrett Guarantano to be available Saturday at South Carolina. The sophomore was knocked out of the game early in a loss to No. 1 Alabama last week.
"I think Jarrett's going to be fine," Pruitt said Monday. "He took a pretty good shot, a couple of good shots. He's a tough guy and I expect him to be out there."
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.
Alabama has grabbed a berth in the College Football Playoff championship game by whipping top-ranked Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl. Defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne's interception set up his one-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, one play before Mack Wilson picked off a pass and raced 18 yards for a TD that put the Crimson Tide ahead 24-6. Jalen Hurts threw for two touchdowns to help Alabama turn next Monday's title game into an All-SEC matchup against Georgia.
The Latest: Alabama stifles Clemson to reach title game
The Latest on the College Football Playoff semifinals (all times EST):
It's an all-SEC showdown for the national championship.
Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes to help Alabama defeat Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal. Alabama will face Southeastern Conference rival Georgia for the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide will be seeking their fifth national title in nine years.
Saban: Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses out indefinitely
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Another Alabama linebacker has gone down to injury.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that freshman inside linebacker Dylan Moses is out indefinitely after sustaining a foot injury in Monday's practice.
The fourth-ranked Tide is already without starting linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton and starting safety Hootie Jones for the Sugar Bowl playoff semifinal game Jan. 1 against No. 1 Clemson.
Alabama football: Saban suggests Miller, Lewis, Wilson could return for Iron Bowl
TUSCALOOSA — Though he reiterated none are medically cleared, Alabama coach Nick Saban suggested there’s a possibility three of his injured linebackers could play Saturday against Auburn.
Outside linebackers Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis remain in the “functional phase” of rehab, the coach revealed Monday morning, along with inside linebacker Mack Wilson.
Alabama sits injured Pierschbacher, Fitzpatrick vs. Mercer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and guard Ross Pierschbacher were held out of Saturday's game with Mercer.
Fitzpatrick played against Mississippi State last weekend despite injuring his left hamstring in the LSU game. His backup is Hootie Jones.
Pierschbacher suffered a high ankle sprain in the Mississippi State game and was replaced by J.C. Hassenauer.
Link it Up: Catch up on all the week’s Alabama football coverage before tonight’s game against Mississippi State
STARKVILLE — Hello, Alabama fans. Happy game day.
The Crimson Tide meets No. 16 Mississippi State at 6 p.m. tonight under the lights and among the many cowbells sure to be ringing inside Davis-Wade Stadium.
Here is a roundup of all The Anniston Star’s coverage from the week
TUSCALOOSA — It’s next man up, but don’t forget about the current men down.
Alabama lost two linebackers during its 24-10 victory over LSU on Saturday, and Tide coach Nick Saban updated their status Monday. Mack Wilson hurt his foot and will be out anywhere between four to six weeks. Shaun Dion Hamilton injured his knee and already had a successful surgery. The timeline for Hamilton is more up in the air.
No. 1 Alabama loses linebackers Hamilton, Wilson to injuries
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's already short-handed linebacker group must absorb two more big blows.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide lost starter Shaun Dion Hamilton for the season after he had surgery on his right knee, and key backup Mack Wilson is likely out for four to six weeks with a foot injury, coach Nick Saban said Monday. It leaves one of the nation's best defenses relying on replacements heading into a stretch run that starts Saturday night at No. 18 Mississippi State.
Big Guys, Big Plays: Alabama, Clemson go jumbo on offense
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had simple instructions for 340-pound defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence when he first used him on offense: "Go that way."
Lawrence, the agile freshman who has bedeviled offensive lines, has done the same to defensive opponents as part of the Tigers' "Jumbo Package." That's when they line up the 6-foot-5 Lawrence and 6-4, 310-pound defensive end Christian Wilkins in the backfield for goal line or short yardage situations.
No. 1 Alabama rolls Kent State 48-0, loses Harris to injury
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama didn't miss a beat after tailback Damien Harris went down a couple of minutes into the game.
The youngsters made sure of it.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts completed the opening drive with a 20-yard touchdown run and fellow freshman Joshua Jacobs scored his first two career touchdowns in the top-ranked Crimson Tide's 48-0 win Saturday over Kent State.