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LittleJerrySeinfield
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Georgia was the first team to start disguising their coverage


I really doubt that was the case. I find it hard to believe that only two DCs on last year's schedule knew how to scheme disguised coverages. There's a pretty good one at LSU and another OK DC up in Knoxville.

And I'm not directing this at you, as I've seen this talk since the Clemson game. Clemson just had much longer to prepare and game plan for tendencies.


prevatt33
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There's a pretty good one at LSU


Aranda is easily top 5 DC in all of CFB, and likely closer to 1 than 5.


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narddogg81
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Clemson just had much longer to prepare and game plan for tendencies.
comments by the Clemson players after the championship game make it clear that they were practicing and repping for Alabama during the practice time for Notre Dame


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I honestly think he was just being over cautious and not trying to get it stepped on.


I 100% agree with this assessment.


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RollTide66
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re: Spring Football News & Info
Projecting Alabama's post-spring depth chart BamaOnLine - By Charlie Potter
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Nick Saban said Alabama doesn’t have a depth chart.

“Nobody’s going to be entitled to anything when it comes to next fall,” he said. “I know that guys, all you care about is the depth chart. We don’t have a depth chart. Everybody’s going to compete.”

But what if there was a depth chart?

The Crimson Tide’s spring season ended Saturday with the annual A-Day Game, which gave us a good look at the makeup of Alabama’s 2019 team. So, based on what we saw in the scrimmage and the 14 other practices, we take a stab at projecting UA’s depth chart on offense and defense.

Quarterback

Starter: Tua Tagovailoa
Reserves: Mac Jones, Taulia Tagovailoa, Paul Tyson, Layne Hatcher
Summer enrollees: None

Reasoning: The backup quarterback role behind Tua was one of the top storylines entering the spring, and Alabama exited it with two competing for that spot -- Jones and Taulia. Jones is the most-experienced reserve and bounced back from an early interception in the A-Day Game to throw two touchdowns and led all passers with 271 yards. Taulia, on the other hand, threw one touchdown and one pick but had some impressive passes, including a perfectly-placed throw to Waddle in the end zone. The backup quarterback battles will continue into the offseason.

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Projecting Alabama's post-spring depth chart BamaOnLine - By Charlie Potter
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Wide receiver
Starters: Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, DeVonta Smith
Reserves: Jaylen Waddle, Tyrell Shavers, Xavier Williams, John Metchie, Slade Bolden
Summer enrollees: None

Reasoning: All three starters are back, and so is Waddle, who was essentially a fourth starter a year ago. So, the top of the wide receiver pecking order is easy to decipher. But the talent does not drop off after that. Several of the Tide’s younger wideouts flashed potential in the spring game and made a strong claim for the receivers to be the deepest and most talented group on Alabama’s 2019 roster. Players like Shavers, Williams and Metchie, a true freshman, all gave the coaching staff reasons why they deserve to be on the field with the first team this fall.

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Projecting Alabama's post-spring depth chart BamaOnLine - By Charlie Potter
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Tight end
Starters: Miller Forristall, Cameron Latu
Reserves: Kedrick James, Major Tennison, Giles Amos, Michael Parker
Summer enrollees: Jahleel Billingsley

Reasoning: Here, we come to the first difference from our pre-spring projected depth chart. Latu spent the entire spring with the tight ends instead of the outside linebackers, and both Saban and Forristall both said they could see him sticking on the offensive side of the ball. The redshirt freshman played with the first team in the A-Day Game, too. He took advantage of a thin tight end group this spring with James, who will miss the first four games of the 2019 season, and Tennison dealing with injuries. If James can keep it together, he can contribute in the fall.

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Projecting Alabama's post-spring depth chart BamaOnLine - By Charlie Potter
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Offensive line
Starters: Alex Leatherwood, Emil Ekiyor, Chris Owens, Matt Womack, Jedrick Wills
Reserves: Deonte Brown, Scott Lashley, Tommy Brown, Evan Neal, Pierce Quick, Darrian Dalcourt, Hunter Brannon, Kendall Randolph, Tanner Bowles, Amari Kight
Summer enrollees: None

Reasoning: Save for a minor injury or two, the offensive line was pretty consistent throughout the spring. There could still be some moving parts, however, especially when it comes to Brown and his availability for the beginning of the season. But Womack, Owens and Ekiyor played well enough earlier in the spring to be considered for starting spots for Game 1. Leatherwood and Wills will obviously be the bookends for that group. The second unit will be very young in 2019 with a few of the early enrollees, including Neal, Quick and Dalcourt, likely being reserves.

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RollTide66
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Projecting Alabama's post-spring depth chart BamaOnLine - By Charlie Potter
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Defensive line

Starters: Raekwon Davis, DJ Dale, LaBryan Ray
Reserves: Phidarian Mathis, Christian Barmore, Tevita Musika, Stephon Wynn, Antonio Alfano, Justin Eboigbe
Summer enrollees: Ishmael Sopsher, Byron Young, Braylen Ingraham

Reasoning: Davis and Ray entered the spring as expected starters, along with Mathis. But Dale, a true freshman, made a move after the first of three scrimmages and started getting more and more reps with the first-team defense. He ended the spring starting at nose tackle for the White team. Mathis was on the second team the other freshmen. Dale’s emergence was a bit of a surprise, but it’s also good news for a position group that was lacking in depth last season. And there are still more defensive linemen on their way to campus that will help boost the numbers.

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RollTide66
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Projecting Alabama's post-spring depth chart BamaOnLine - By Charlie Potter
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Outside linebacker
Starters: Anfernee Jennings, Terrell Lewis
Reserves: Eyabi Anoma, Christopher Allen, Kevin Harris, Ben Davis, Jarez Parks
Summer enrollees: King Mwikuta

Reasoning: Lewis shut things down well before the spring game to continue rehabbing his knee that ended his season last year, but the redshirt junior should be good to go for the fall and will be a starter, if healthy. In his absence, some of Alabama’s younger outside linebackers saw opportunities, including Anoma and Allen. Anoma started opposite Jennings for the first-team defense and was constantly in the backfield. Those two could give UA four edge rushers for the 2019 season along with Lewis and Jennings, who is back and had a productive spring game.

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RollTide66
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Projecting Alabama's post-spring depth chart BamaOnLine - By Charlie Potter
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Inside linebacker
Starters: Dylan Moses, Joshua McMillon
Reserves: Shane Lee, Markail Benton, Jaylen Moody, Ale Kaho
Summer enrollees: Christian Harris

Reasoning: The top-two players at the inside linebacker position didn’t change from the start to the end of spring. Moses and McMillon were the Mike and Will with the ones and looked like a capable duo in the A-Day Game. Beyond them, depth was a concern, but players like Lee, who is a true freshman, showed potential this past Saturday. He and Moody picked off passes with Moody returning his interception for a touchdown. The Tide’s young linebackers took a step in the right direction, but they need to continue stepping up this summer before the season starts.

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RollTide66
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re: Spring Football News & Info
Projecting Alabama's post-spring depth chart BamaOnLine - By Charlie Potter
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Cornerback
Starters: Trevon Diggs, Patrick Surtain II, Shyheim Carter
Reserves: Josh Jobe, Nigel Knott, Jayln Armour-Davis, Scooby Carter
Summer enrollees: Marcus Banks, Brandon Turnage

Reasoning: In the spring game, we saw Diggs and Jobe start at cornerback for the White team with Surtain in the slot at Star. But Carter (sports hernia) will soon be 100-percent healthy and likely manning the Star position, so this projection reverts back to what we saw some last season. With that being said, Jobe did some good things this spring and gives Alabama some options in the secondary -- a secondary that has a lot more experience than a year ago. Armour-Davis also returned to the field this spring after a knee injury ended his freshman season in 2018.

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RollTide66
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re: Spring Football News & Info
Projecting Alabama's post-spring depth chart BamaOnLine - By Charlie Potter
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Safety
Starters: Xavier McKinney, Jared Mayden
Reserves: Daniel Wright, Eddie Smith
Summer enrollees: Jordan Battle, Demarcco Hellams

Reasoning: Finally, McKinney and Mayden had good springs. The former has emerged as one of the leaders of the defense, while the latter played with more consistency than last season. The second pair, Wright and Smith, did some good things in the A-Day Game, as well. Smith covered some ground to pick off a pass that hung in the air. Outside of Carter working some with the safeties, the position group is thin -- just like the running backs, tight ends and inside linebackers. But help is on the way in the secondary with four signees arriving this summer
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prevatt33
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re: Spring Football News & Info
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they were practicing and repping for Alabama during the practice time for Notre Dame


This is why many have been decrying Clemson's schedule in November, as they were likely practicing for Alabama for months before the game. Granted, the ACC being arse is not Clemson's fault, but the playing field wasn't so level last year.

What drives me nuts is that Bama got crucified all preseason last year and through the season for supposedly having a weak schedule, but we ended up with the hardest SOS of any of the playoff teams. And now folks are talking about our schedule again.

Kudos to Clemson for scheduling tough SEC teams as their one great OOC game, but Syracuse is currently the second best team in the ACC, and the third best is God Knows Who, - but it's safe to say the 3rd best SEC team team would boatrace the 3rd best ACC team by 4 TDs.


RollTide66
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Speaking of CU's upcoming schedule, I noticed recently one of the ESPN guys (forget who) mentioned that comparing the Bama/CU schedule, they have a common away opponent (USCe) and this is rated as CU's hardest away game, while it is Bama's 5th hardest....

As you mentioned, I can imagine all of the fall camp being nothing but prep for Bama... and each week they spend 2-3 days on Bama and 2 in prep for their upcoming games.. maybe before the aTm game it could be 2 Bama and 3 aTm... but not more than that.
Sure wont have to do much in prep for the ACC title game, and very little for their 1st CFB game


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RollTide66
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Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa Is ‘All Good’ BamaOnLine - By Kirk McNair
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Every college football team, even Alabama, has things to be concerned about. But as the Crimson Tide has completed spring practice, is quarterback Tua Tagovailoa up high on that list? Or even on the list?

Alabama Coach Nick Saban doesn’t seem to think so, and showed a bit of impatience with a question that suggested Tagovailoa’s “strength and velocity” and accuracy on passes weren’t up to par in the Crimson Tide’s A-Day Game Saturday...

...Tagovailoa gave credit to the first team defense he was playing against Saturday. He said the secondary “did a tremendous job of not falling for a lot of things they did in practice. They are more disciplined out there. They played as one. I thought they did a good job.”

He also pointed out – as did Saban earlier – that Alabama’s offense wasn’t playing with a full deck. Tagovailoa said he thought new Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Steve Sarkisian “did a good job. It was us as the offense not executing when we needed to.

“It’s hard to gauge everything because we were limited in the formations we could use and the plays we can run. We only had two or three running plays. It’s pretty easy to stop if you know that. You can’t really game plan for our defense. It’s what we were dealt and we just have to roll with it.”

The quarterback also said, “There was a lot of miscommunication with me and the receivers. We’ve got to get everyone set up as far as the O-Line as well. Sometimes you’re going to have miscommunication, but I’m glad we’re having them now rather than in the season.”

Tagovailoa said the game-day atmosphere of the A-Day Game is “pretty close” to a regular practice. “We have game-like situations every time we practice. Coming out here, it’s pretty much practice again. It’s the same thing, but it’s a lot harder because the defense understands our concepts and what we like to run. So you really have to hone down and execute.”
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BIGJLAW
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re: Spring Football News & Info
RT66, just wanted to say thanks for the work you put into this thread.


Cobrasize
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re: Spring Football News & Info
Backup QB, Layne Hatcher, has entered the transfer portal.


Bear88
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That’s not surprising. Handwriting was on the wall for him


Cobrasize
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Yea, I still wonder if he was on scholarship


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