Author: CW Sports Staff

Love seeks consistency in junior season

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Elliott Propes) February 24 was a special day for the Love family. Alabama’s Dru Love captured his first ever college tournament win at the Puerto Rico Classic, tying Virginia Tech’s Scott Vincent at 7-under par. On the same day his dad, Davis Love III, was named the United States Ryder Cup captain. Love went on to have an up and down first season of competition for the Crimson Tide and finished third on the team for an average score just above par. As a redshirt junior, Love looks to carry a lot more responsibilities on 
the team. “I played really good some weeks and I played really bad some weeks,” Love said. “I have to figure out how to extend my good play throughout the year. I know I’m going to have bad weeks. I want to make it less of a roller coaster.” Coach Jay Seawell said he was still pleased with Love’s results. It was his first season competing with the national champion lineups being so deep the two previous years. With several of the players graduating, it gave Love a chance to compete for a spot in
 the lineup. “I think he learned that he is a good player. I think he gained a lot of confidence in his play, even though there were times it may have been a little erratic,” Seawell said....

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Swim and dive travels to Mississippi for first meet of season

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Matt Speakman) The Alabama Swimming and Dive team will travel to Cleveland, Mississippi, on Sept. 11 to face Delta State in their first meet of the season. The team will look to build off of last year’s slate, where they finished 9th in the NCAA overall. The team is looking to improve by showing they are one of the best teams in the nation, beliebesCrews Wellford, one of the team’s captains, who said the team has higher goals for this year as they look to be a powerhouse in the NCAA. “We were top ten last year and we believe we can be top five,” Wellford said. Every team goes through loss of personnel after each season, and this year, the swim and dive team will look to implement their new freshman into roles left over by their departing members. Every year, Alabama brings in talented freshman, with a lot of them getting opportunities to compete in big events, Wellford said. “We believe we can achieve that goal,” he said. “We haven’t lost anybody and we have a lot of good freshman coming in.” Members of the team come from all different backgrounds, and many of the swimmers on this year’s roster have relocated to the states from different parts of the world. Both men’s and women’s team feature athletes that have come from different countries, with...

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After winning opener, Alabama players see room for improvement

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Terrin Waack) Although the Crimson Tide won 35-17 against Wisconsin on Saturday, there were many mistakes made on the field that prevented Alabama from a higher score difference. It racked up 11 penalties for 120 yards, while Wisconsin had less than half that, with four penalties for 50 yards. There’s a lot the team to be taken away from this first game, defensive back Geno Matias-Smith said. “As a whole, we had too many penalties, so just clean up those things,” Matias-Smith said. “Defense, just keep getting better because everyone can get better.” Defensive backs alone had three pass interference penalties. Depending if a player is in phase or out of phase, penalties may be hard to avoid. “It’s kind of hard with football now-a-days,” Matias-Smith said. “The best thing to do is turn around and look for the ball because if you don’t look for the ball, more than likely they’re going to call a [pass interference] on you. Just have to get in position.” New to an Alabama corner position, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Marlon Humphrey each had a pass interference penalty. Matias-Smith said they both had a good camp and are doing a good job, but it was their first game as corners. It’s key that the player stays in phase, because if he doesn’t, that creates a separation between him and the receiver, Matias-Smith...

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Practice Report: Alabama returns to practice after Wisconsin

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Tyler Waldrep) On Monday, Alabama returned to the practice field for the first time since Saturday’s opener against Wisconsin. Before practice coach Nick Saban and corner back Cyrus Jones spoke about the defense’s need to create more turnovers. Reggie Ragland and other linebackers began the viewing period recovering rolling ground balls that simulated fumbles. Later in the viewing period the linebackers rotated through additional drills one of which included catching passes. Practice Notes: The quarterbacks and running backs worked together on handoffs early in the viewing period presumably to work on the timing involved with pass-run option plays. Later in the viewing period the quarterbacks worked with wide receivers and tight ends running intermediate and longer routes. Both units had a good day today so the live game reps might have helped. Quarterback Jake Coker in particular stood out, but most of the incompletions that occurred seem to result because a receiver lacked the focus required to complete the catch. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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Alabama prepares for Middle Tennessee

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Tyler Waldrep) There’s still a long way to go. That’s the message from coach Nick Saban after Saturday’s 35-17 win over #20 Wisconsin. “We’re just starting to climb a mountain here and we took one step and that’s it,” Saban said. That step might have been a leap for the offense. Saban refused to outline a plan going forward concerning the quarterbacks, but he did say that both Cooper Bateman and Jake Coker did a good job with the snaps they were given. Saban said he expects less experienced players, like the quarterbacks, to benefit from Saturday’s game. The quarterbacks were not the only ones who benefitted from a balanced offensive performance. Alabama completed 21-of-29 passes to nine different players. “When the young players got a chance to play, they need to see the standard that we expect guys to play to around here, regardless of the circumstance and situation in the game,” Saban said. The changes to Alabama’s offense were not limited to the field. Alabama also adopted the use of blown up play cards in the offseason that many hurry up offenses already employ around the country, which Saban said worked well in the game. While the offense was stealing the show on Saturday, the defense, somewhat quietly, held Wisconsin under 275 yards of total offense, but everything didn’t always work out as planned. There...

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