Author: CW Sports Staff

Alabama basketball ranked No. 25 in latest AP Poll

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Matthew Speakman) Alabama basketball (3-0) moved into the top 25 of the AP poll following an undefeated start to the season. Alabama comes in at No. 25. The Crimson Tide recently defeated Alabama A&M, 104-67, behind a combined 55 points from freshman guards Collin Sexton and John Petty. Petty set the school record with 10 three-pointers in the win. Before that, Alabama defeated Lipscomb 86-64 behind 22 points from Sexton. Many people felt Alabama would crack the top 25 at some point, as the Crimson Tide were No. 25 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. Alabama faces Texas-Arlington on Tuesday. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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JC Hassenauer named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Matthew Speakman) Alabama’s JC Hassenauer was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after his performance in the Crimson Tide’s 56-0 win over Mercer. Hassenauer played 45 snaps and graded out at 91 percent. It is the first selection of Hassenauer’s career. Hassenauer has been filling in for an injured Ross Pierschbacher (ankle) at left guard. On Saturday, he did not allow a sack or pressure. He also helped Alabama rush for 265 yards on the day. Whether Alabama will need Hassenauer’s services against Auburn remains to be seen. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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Alabama completes its comeback against LSU on Sunday

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ehsan Kassim) Alabama dropped the first set of the match to LSU on Sunday, but was able to bounce back to win the next three sets to win the match. Alabama (18-12, 6-10 SEC) played flat in the first set, getting blown out 15-25. However, the Crimson Tide bounced back with a dominant second set, 25-14, to even the match at one set a piece. Sophomore Hayley McSparin said the team came together and responded well after not being happy with the opening set, in a crucial match. “I think we realized we need to settle in and play our game,” McSparin said. “We were literally not playing our game or what we were capable of in that first set.” Alabama edged out a close third set, 25-23 and closed out the Tigers with a dominant fourth set, 25-17, to win the match. Five players finished in double-figures in digs for Alabama, led by freshman Kaylee Thomas and her career-high 19. Junior Quincey Gary (17), sophomore Mahalia Swink (15), senior Natalie Murison (10) and freshman Meghan Neelon (10) all also finished in double-figures. Neelon also finished with 40 assists, collecting her 13th double-double of the season. McSparin led the Alabama offense with 15 kills and a .462 hitting percentage. Sophomore Ginger Perinar and Swink finished with 14 and 10 kills respectively. Senior Leah Lawrence finished the match...

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Rolling with the Tide: Alabama versus Mercer

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Alabama’s senior class ended its Bryant-Denny career with a 56-0 beatdown of Mercer. The senior class tied the NCAA football record for wins by a class, set by the 2016 Alabama seniors, with 51 wins. Player of the Game: Dylan Moses Dylan Moses got his first career start against the Bears, and he showed off. The former five-star recruit finished with a game-high 11 tackles, more than double second place Deionte Thompson, who finished with five tackles. “I was just proud of him,” linebacker Rashaan Evans said. “Today was a day to showcase his skills. I believed in his skill set, and I feel like he showed that today.” Moses also intercepted Mercer quarterback Kaelan Riley once. Plays of the game: Alabama marched down the field on its first possession of the game. It took just 3:33 before the Crimson Tide found the end zone, when Jalen Hurts found tight end Irv Smith from eight yards out. Late in the second quarter, Mercer had drove down field to the Alabama 16-yard line. Moses stepped up and intercepted the pass over the middle of the field and returned it 11 yards to the Alabama 20. That was the only time Mercer was able to reach the red zone. On the first play of the second quarter, Hurts and Ridley connected for the third and final time...

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Alabama offense makes quick work of Mercer in big win

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Matthew Speakman) Alabama’s offense made light work of Mercer in a 56-0 win. The Crimson Tide scored touchdowns on its first five possessions. Leading the way was quarterback Jalen Hurts and wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Hurts was a perfect seven for seven for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Ridley had his second-straight 100-yard game, finishing with three catches for 103 yards and touchdown. “I think Jalen was pretty efficient in what he did,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. ‘I think Calvin made a couple of big plays. It’s great to see him continue to move up.” Alabama’s offense was about as efficient as it could be in the win. The Crimson Tide scored six passing touchdowns, which is the second-most in school history. The biggest play of the day came early in the second quarter. Hurts dropped back and fooled Mercer’s defense with a big pump fake. After the fake, Ridley ran downfield and was wide open. He caught a deep pass for a 66-yard touchdown. This was another example of the connection that Hurts and Ridley have developed over the last two years. “It’s definitely gotten better,” Ridley said. “Jalen has definitely gotten so much better. You know, I’ve gotten better. The connection is doing good. We do the same things in practice, make the same throws.” With his performance, Ridley passed former Alabama wide...

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