Author: CW Sports Staff

Saban speaks at SEC Media days

By outreach@cw.ua.edu Alabama enters its 2017 season in unfamiliar territory. The Crimson Tide is trying to bounce back from a disappointing end to the season after falling to Clemson in the national championship. For head coach Nick Saban and Alabama, it is about improving on near perfection. “Whether you win or lose (the national championship), you always self-assess to get better,” said Saban at the 2017 SEC Media Days. “You don’t want to waste a failure.” The Crimson Tide will have to reload this season, losing multiple All-Americans to graduation and the NFL. Luckily for Alabama, it returns players in some very important positions. Quarterback Jalen Hurts, who won SEC Offensive Player of the Year last season, will be back under center. Last season, he passed for 2780 yards. “Offensively, we have our first returning starter at quarterback since 2013,” Saban said. “Jalen (Hurts) has done a lot this offseason to become a better passer.” On defense, Alabama loses most of its leadership, but brings back multiple stars, including junior Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick led the team with six interceptions last season and returned two of those for touchdowns. The Crimson Tide will have to replace a lot, especially on the defensive line and at linebacker. Senior Shaun Dion Hamilton will coming off of a torn ACL that he suffered during the SEC Championship against Florida. Hamilton finished the season...

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Alabama prepares for SEC Media Day

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Alabama is the eighth team to talk on SEC Media Days. Head coach Nick Saban will speak with junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley, senior offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman and junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. Ridley comes back as the top receiver from a year ago. He finished with 769 yards on 72 receptions, which led the team. He also caught seven touchdowns. Fitzpatrick finished fourth on the team in tackles with 66 total (41 solo, 25 assisted). He also finished with a team high six interceptions and tied for second on the team in pass breakups. He was named an All-American at the end of the season. Bozeman started all 15 games at center, taking over for Ryan Kelly. Alabama comes into its media day as one of the favorites, if not the favorite, to repeat as the SEC Champion for the third year in a row. The Crimson Tide had 11 players drafted from its SEC Championship winning team a year ago, including underclassmen Cam Robinson, ArDarius Stewart and Marlon Humphrey. Alabama will look for players to play a larger role to replace those players. Robert Foster will look to replace Stewart. Foster has 215 career receiving yards, but in the spring game he tallied 115 yards on two catches, one of which went for a touchdown. Freshman Jerry Jeudy will also look to...

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SEC Media Days begin Monday

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) At last year’s SEC Media Days, Alabama was picked to win the SEC for the third time in four years. The annual four-day event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel beginning on Monday. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey will kick off the event at 11:35 a.m. followed by Arkansas. Arkansas finished 7-6 last year. Tennessee and LSU wrap up the first day. LSU starts at 2:30 p.m. Tennessee finished the 2016 season tied for second in the east with a 9-4 overall record, while LSU finished 8-4, making them third in the west. Steve Shaw, the SEC Coordinator of Football Officials, starts the second day at 8:35 a.m. and Georgia and Vanderbilt follow him. Georgia finished tied for second in the east, while Vanderbilt finished 6-7. Mississippi State and Florida will close out the second day. Alabama starts on Wednesday during the morning session at 9:05. The Crimson Tide bring be represented by wide receiver Calvin Ridley, offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. Missouri follows the Crimson Tide. The Tigers finished at the bottom of the west standings at 4-8. Texas A&M and Kentucky conclude the third day. The Aggies finished 8-5 a year ago, while the Wildcats finished 7-6. South Carolina, Auburn and Ole Miss wrap up media days. The Gamecocks, coming off of a 6-7...

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Krystal Rivers named NCAA Woman of the Year candidate

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Krystal Rivers wrapped up her Alabama career as one of the best volleyball players to ever wear an Alabama jersey, on her way to being nominated as a NCAA Woman of the Year candidate. In her senior season, Rivers was unstoppable. She was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week five times, and was named SEC Player of the year, which is the first time an Alabama player has ever earned that title. Alongside being named SEC Player of the Year, Rivers finished as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She graduated this past May with degrees in both Spanish and biology, finishing with a 3.65 GPA. The four-time All-American started her Alabama journey as a walk-on. Her journey got a lot tougher when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She battled the disease while taking 12 hours and participating through spring practices. She eventually defeated the disease, going into remission in April of 2014, and continued her dominance on the court. Rivers leaves Alabama as the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in kills (2,148) and points (2,506). She is also ranked in seven other career stats, along-side setting the single season hitting percentage at 40.4 percent. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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Tevin Mack transfers to Alabama

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Abby Howell) Alabama men’s basketball head coach Avery Johnson officially announced the addition of forward Tevin Mack to the Crimson Tide men’s basketball roster on Friday. The transfer played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Texas. Due to NCAA transfer rules Mack will sit out during the 2017-2018 season. “We are very excited to welcome Tevin to the Alabama men’s basketball family,” head coach Avery Johnson said. “Tevin is a versatile player offensively who can really score the basketball. He will have to sit out this season per NCAA rules, but he is the type of player that will impact our program the day he becomes eligible. In the meantime, he will be able to practice and that will give him an opportunity to learn our system.” During his sophomore season, Mack led the Longhorns with 14.8 points and 31.3 minutes per game, while also adding 4.8 rebounds a contest. Over the 15 games he played, the 6-7, 220 pound forward connected on 45.9 percent (79-of-172) of his shots from the floor, including a team-high 39.1 percent (34-87) from behind the arc. The Texas-transfer reached double figures in 11 games and scored 18 points or more on eight different occasions. In his first career start, Mack also accounted for 11 points – all coming in the second half – and seven rebounds against the Crimson Tide last...

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