Author: CW Sports Staff

Grading Alabama's positions after A Day

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Matthew Speakman) Quarterbacks: A- Both Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa managed to connect on several deep passes throughout the game. Hurts showed that he can hit receivers in stride and seems to have improved in that area. His decision making was impressive, and he was able to combine his pocket prescience with his ability to run the ball. Tagovailoa showed why he has so much hype surrounding him, as his touch on several fade routes was nearly perfect. He struggled against the first team defense when he replaced Hurts, which is most likely due to inexperience. Mac Jones, the third string signal caller, struggled for most of the day. He was intercepted twice, but like Tagovailoa, it was his first experience against a talented defense. Both Tagovailoa and Jones should be worthy backups to a seemingly improved Hurts. Runningbacks: B- Alabama’s increased focus on improving the passing game was definitely on display during A-Day. That meant the running game took a back seat throughout the scrimmage. With Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and BJ Emmons all out due to injuries, Alabama relied on a combination of Najee Harris, Brian Robinson and Josh Jacobs. Harris was by far the most successful out of the group, rushing for 70 yards on 17 carries. He showed power and speed on many of his carries. Jacobs will once again be a weapon...

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Bad weather doesn't stop rowing from sweeping SMU

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ehsan Kassim) Racing in “crappy” weather has been a theme for the Alabama women’s rowing team during the Spring 2017 season, when they hit the road, according to their head coach. They experienced more of the same in traveling to Dallas for a regatta against SMU on Friday. Fortunately for Larry Davis, he has seen enough from his team this season battling through adversity to feel confident the girls can rise to the challenge. They did so again on Friday. With the threat of inclement weather in the Dallas area, the Saturday’s races were consolidated and moved up to Friday morning. Alabama and SMU went head-to-head in four races, with Alabama sweeping all four of the races on White Rock Lake. “It was very windy today but the team did a good job in handling the conditions,” Davis said. “It’s been pleasing to see that when we’ve had less-than-ideal conditions this spring the girls have stepped up their game. We’ve been able to sweep four of our five races this spring which is great. We’re learning to handle less-than-great conditions and are performing well at home and on the road and able to sweep. It bodes well for us at the conference championship and it’s a positive note to finish on heading into final exams.” Tulsa was also scheduled to race Alabama, but canceled because it would...

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Alabama swept by No. 9 Washington

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ben Boynton) After a late rally fell short on Friday night, Alabama came back to Rhoads Stadium Saturday afternoon looking to salvage a split of its two-game series against the No. 9 Washington Huskies. Alabama out-hit its opponent but couldn’t get it done, falling 3-0 to the Huskies in a long game, after weather forced a lengthy delay midway through the game. The Crimson Tide put up five hits to Washington’s four, but three of those four Washington hits were solo home runs. Leadoff hitter Ali Aguilar hit the first pitch of the game from senior pitcher Sydney Littlejohn over the fence for a 1-0 lead the Huskies never relinquished. Washington added its other two runs in the fifth inning and the sixth inning with additional solo home runs. Junior shortstop Sydney Booker led the Crimson Tide with two hits, as Alabama had opportunities to score but stranded eight baserunners. Littlejohn suffered her fourth loss of the year, all of which have come when the Crimson Tide were shutout. The Crimson Tide travels to Birmingham next for a Tuesday night game against the Samford Bulldogs. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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Alabama secondary struggles at A Day

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Coming into the season, Alabama believed its secondary was one of the strongest parts of the team. However, in the first half of the Crimson Tide’s spring game the secondary allowed 499-yards through the air. Sophomore Treveon Diggs was the main target. He allowed 175-yards on three plays, two of which resulted in touchdowns. “Everyone gets beat,” defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick said. “It’s not about how you got beat, you just have to learn from it. I’m going to talk to him and make sure he is in the right frame of mind.” Diggs was a receiver last year before making the switch to defensive back at the start of spring. The secondary turned it around in the second half, allowing just 162-yards. “There’s not one part of our team, that when I watch film on it, I’m going to be satisfied with the way they played,” head coach Nick Saban said. “There were plays that we could play better. I think that how you self-correct is what I’m talking about, in terms of learning on things they got beat on. That’s what I expect of guys in the secondary.” With 4:03 left on the clock Jalen Hurts threw a pass to Calvin Ridley to tie the game at 24. With under a minute less on the clock Hurts was leading the Crimson Tide offense...

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Alabama's passing game shines in explosive A-Day game

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Matthew Speakman) In the first quarter of Alabama’s A-Day game, quarterback Jalen Hurts connected with Robert Foster on a 65-yard touchdown pass. It was the one thing everyone wanted to see. Could Alabama stretch the field with its passing game? Early on, it looked like the team had made significant strides in its downfield air attack. Alabama’s quarterbacks combined for 495 yards in the first half of the spring spectacle in front of 72, 326 fans. “There was a lot of production,” said head coach Nick Saban. “I think all of our quarterbacks are better passers than they were a year ago. First, second and third team guys. So, I think that was encouraging.” Hurts finished the day with 301 yards and two touchdowns while quarterbacking the Crimson team to a 27-24 victory. He showed the ability to stretch the field, and connected on multiple passes downfield. Hurts seemed to be more comfortable in the pocket. He believes it is due to his added experience. “I think that comes with the maturity part of it,” Hurts said. “The more reps you get, the older you are, the more comfortable you get.” Hurts was certainly impressive, but he wasn’t the only quarterback to have a big day. His backup, freshman Tua Tagovailoa, threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns. Both players threw interceptions of the game, but managed...

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