Kickoff is coming! Are you ready? The Crimson Tide heads into fall practice with a wealth of talent and a shortage of experience in several key positions. Can Nick Saban develop the younger players into the team members needed to win? If he can't, then we should pack up our ball and go home. Since 2007 Saban's unique "process" has sent record numbers of former UA players to the NFL - a hard to resist lure for top recruits. Athletes wanting to "be all you can be" see Saban as the man who can get them to the next level. Players need to bring drive and commitment to a team that focuses on team unity, complete dedication to training, and the willingness to hand their abilities to a master coach.
After watching Fitzpatrick take command of the Crimson Tide secondary midway through last season when he was tasked with replacing injured senior safety Eddie Jackson, Diggs knew he'd found his new role model . . . Decatur Daily
With the expected freshman-to-sophomore improvement by Hurts and some fine-tuning in other areas, that slim margin of defeat could easily be reversed this year . . . Tuscaloosa News
The Crimson Tide roll on, as this year's team will go off as the betting favorite on every College Football Playoff futures board . . . Bleacher Report
Eleven practices are in the books for the University of Alabama football program. Nick Saban and his coaching staff know more about their team than they did in the summer. But there are still many determinations to be made . . . Tuscaloosa News
While those two plays were unconventional, it was more of what Smith has done since enrolling at Alabama in May -- making plays and standing out . . . Birmingham News
They face each other every day on the practice field. But that's not the only place some fierce battles occur between Bradley Bozeman and Da'Ron Payne . . . 247Sports
Sure, Alabama must replace Reuben Foster, Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson, but the Tide also bring back what could be the most formidable linebacker corps in the SEC this fall . . . Mobile Press-Register
"He was a really good receiver," Fitzpatrick said. "I remember when they first switched him, I kind of didn't know why they did it because he was doing a good job at receiver. He's an athlete, so he can do both . . . Bama Magazine
Eyabi Anoma has played just one year of high school football, but that hasn't stopped schools such as Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State from offering him a scholarship . . . Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It was announced that Auburn quarterback-turned-receiver John Franklin III would transfer to Florida Atlantic to play for Kiffin, the former Alabama offensive coordinator . . . Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Frank Broyles, the legendary coach who brought the University of Arkansas football program to prominence, died Monday. He was 92 . . . United Press International
Jarrett Stidham, the one-time Baylor quarterback who transferred following the 2015 season, will start for the Tigers this year . . . CBS Sports
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