Injured Alabama LB Anfernee Jennings to miss title game
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama starting linebacker Anfernee Jennings says he will miss the national championship game against Georgia with a left knee injury sustained in the semifinals.
Jennings said on Twitter Wednesday he had successful surgery and will have an MRI on Friday.
Alabama football: Another Tide linebacker out with injury
TUSCALOOSA — Alabama’s linebacker attrition continues.
Freshman inside linebacker Dylan Moses is out “indefinitely” after suffering a foot injury during the Crimson Tide’s Monday practice at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility, coach Nick Saban revealed in a two-sentence statement Tuesday afternoon.
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.
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
Alabama football: The hits keep coming for Tide’s linebackers
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.
Alabama football: Running back Josh Jacobs ‘can do it all’
TUSCALOOSA — There isn’t that one split-second when Alabama’s Josh Jacobs makes his decision. Instead he plays mind games, beginning the moment he locks eyes with a defender who stands in his path, the decision whether to twitch his hips or exert brute strength weighing on his brain.
“He's the reason why you get cussed out a lot of times,” middle linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton said. “He can do it all. He can run you over. He can make you miss. He can do it all. He's the total package."
Alabama football: Even after two dropped punts, Saban says, ‘I like Henry Ruggs’
TUSCALOOSA -- Eyes staring upward at the ball hurling toward the ground, Henry Ruggs III dropped his hands.
Nick Saban’s ideal punt returners keep their hands up, able to look at their fingertips to better secure the catch and avoid creating a “blind spot” when the ball drops from eye level to hip-level.
Alabama football: How Ole Miss has turned into a Tide rival
TUSCALOOSA -- Two years ago, this game momentarily derailed a national championship season, “waking up” the Alabama Crimson Tide for its eventual run toward a 16th title.
“I really was like man, I’m really starting to get some type of not hatred but just some type of rival toward them,” safety Hootie Jones said of game, recalling Ole Miss’ 43-37 upset of his then-No. 2 ranked team.
Alabama football: How a spirited practice avoided need for ‘come-to-Jesus’ meeting
TUSCALOOSA — Alabama’s defense may not have required Jesus after all.
One day after the unit was scheduled to have a players-only meeting called by two of its senior leaders, Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick said a spirited Monday practice dismissed the need for the defense to gather.
No. 1 Alabama LB: It’s time for ‘come-to-Jesus meeting’
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Shaun Dion Hamilton, one of the Alabama linebackers who's actually healthy, thinks it is time for a players-only "come-to-Jesus meeting."
Alabama not sweating massive talent exodus on defense
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A trophy shelf's worth of hardware accompanied several of Alabama's biggest defensive stars to the NFL, but linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton and the Crimson Tide don't seem too concerned.
"We're Bama," Hamilton said. "We just reload. Everybody is going to embrace the challenge."
Alabama’s Rashaan Evans hopes to shine on big stage again
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Rashaan Evans has had some of his biggest moments in Alabama's most important games. Now, he has a chance to create some more.
The junior is likely to make his first career start against Washington in the Peach Bowl semifinal game on Dec. 31. Evans was the backup to middle linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, who's out for the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Alabama LB Hamilton likely out for season with knee injury
ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton will likely miss the playoffs with a knee injury.
Hamilton hurt his right knee at the end of the first half of No. 1 Alabama's 54-16 win over No. 15 Florida in Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game. He was on crutches after the game, and coach Nick Saban said Hamilton is "probably out for the year."
Attacking Alabama defense not thrilled with Arkansas showing
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nick Saban flung his headset to the ground and stomped onto the field, angrily waving his arms in the air as soon as the final second ticked off the clock.
No. 1 Alabama had just completed a 49-30 victory over No. 22 Arkansas on Saturday night in which the defense scored two touchdowns and collected six sacks, but the Crimson Tide coach found plenty to be mad about.