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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Scott Van Pelt, Mar 9, 2019.
We haven’t lost to little brother in anything since February 12 2020
Who is the next Daniel Moore? Because Daniel Moore is washed
I prefer this vantage.
dblplay1212 come get your boy...
Agree with this angle, but the angle Moore chose has Devonta's dad in the background, too, which is cool.
I don't think walt knows what he's talking about, rtr
I would have gone with something from this exchange to promote the article, instead of the Maddox quote.
‘Saban climbed on top of a bench and began speaking. When something bad happens, he told the crowd, it's an opportunity "for all of us to pitch in and help and do everything we can."
He issued a challenge: "Be ready when you're called."
Purinton remembers Saban's presence as he spoke, as if he was trying to get across, "We're going to get through this and I'm here with you."
Turnipseed gets chill bumps when he thinks about it years later. He calls it simply, "The Speech."’
Also some blah blah sounding quotes from Barrett Jones are included that don’t help at all. But otherwise it’s a great read.
Was the tornado and subsequent sense of community the reason Saban didn’t bolt for another rebuilding job? My column:
It still amazes me that we’re entering the the 15th year of the Saban era. Not that I believed them, but the consensus among jealous fans of other schools was that Saban would win a title of two at Bama then leave for another gig. Try six titles, jabronis, and the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen.
Barrett Jones being the Saban era mouthpiece whenever a journalist needs a quick quote grinds my gears.
But he's a scrabble champion
Which section do you start talking about land deals?
Aaron Torres has been our biggest fan boy. Love him.
Jerry Meyer loves us too
What do you think of Nate Oats’ quick roster overhaul, and do you believe his coaching philosophy is more about recruiting appeal than Xs and Os? Curious to hear what you think of how his style applies to late-game situations in the half court.
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It is always impressive to have a currently No. 8 incoming recruiting class. Nate Oats is recruiting at a high level nationally. There is no doubt that his coaching philosophy places an enormous value on recruiting. You have to have talented players with a mentality that will fit into and drive a winning culture.
I’d say recruiting overrides Xs and Os in his coaching philosophy, but it isn’t a simple dichotomy. His Xs and Os are intertwined with his recruiting. Not only is it a fun way to play with the freedom to take the first open shot and the focus to defend. It is also arguably the right way to play. It is definitely the right way to play given the approach of attracting the best players and getting the most out of those players. That is the type system top level prospects on the whole desire to play in.
As for late game situations in the half court, any coach despite the system should have special action to run in the crunch. Even a team like Virginia that plays a more methodical, probing half court game can’t expect to score with that approach in late game situations. There has to be at least a tweak or a go-to action that has been meticulously drilled on.
The key for an uptempo, quick to shoot team like Alabama is to spend extra practice time on its late game action. A distinction needs to be drawn between the mindset between flow of the game play and end of the game play. Number one get the ball to the right scorer. Number two value the ball more. And number three make sure you are getting the reps under pressure in practice in order to execute in the game.
in two years we've gone from "he can coach but im worried about him being able to recruit at this level" to "is he actually a good coach or is he just a great recruiter"
number four, make your free throws.
honestly our end of game stuff was fine. Free throws is what we need to improve on. I felt like multiple times this year, even in loses, late game we got the look we wanted either at the rim or from 3. Handled the lead late in games well too.
The truth... we have some COVID issues that will really mix things up. We are already going to be without Sanders, Mathis, Emil, Quick, Metchie, Moore and now we are going to be without several key defensive players and some offensive players. Nothing is final until Saturday but, as Saban has said, safety will be top priority. Going to be fun to see some new players and new groups of players get some Playing time together but might see some more mistakes than normal.
I expect first team offense to have starting 11 plus a few to rotate in every position: OL Neal, Brown, Owens, George, Randolph, Cohen RB BRob and Williams WR Bolden, Baker, Holden, Xavier, TE Billingsly and Latu QB Young
I expect second team offense to be OL Brockermeyer, McLaughlin, Dalcourt, Kight, Latham RB Chase and Ford WR Jones-Bell, Agiye Hall, Joshua Lanier TE Melvin Billingsley and Major Tennison QB Tyson
Defense has a lot of moving parts but starters have not changed but some will miss.
As Saban said, this is more about the experience and getting used to crowds again!! And getting the competition blood rising! I expect to see some great plays on both sides of the ball. For fun, I will predict that Williams and Latu have a big day on offense and on defense Battle and Chris Allen. With first team defense out some players, I expect to see big day from first team offense. BUT, the story of spring is our first team defense is really good!!! Oh, I expect Will to make every FG!!!
Rosters can change since players out.
I’m surprised we have guys that haven’t had COVID yet
Im sorry but how the hell haven’t we gotten all of our players vaccinated yet?
Kids are going to be stupid during spring break
You realize the vaccine doesn’t prevent people from getting the virus right?
You realize how math works, right?
Indeed, I have heard a thing or two about this math thing
Just lost to Auburn. Fire Bohannon.
Every now and then a blind squirrel finds a nut
It’s game day! Any Champs attending?
I wish. Stuck at work.
Sounds like a dog when it gets too excited
I'm going and then on to baseball.
Anyone got a list of A-day visitors
I’m sure this won’t say anything worth a damn but can someone post it
With A-Day kicking off in a couple of hours, BamaOnLine takes a look at some of the recruiting storylines of note heading into the weekend.
In case you missed it, you can see every visitor expected this weekend here.
Plethora of 5-stars expected
Alabama’s A-Day visitors list looks like a pre-COVID era group that Crimson Tide fans are accustomed to for big recruiting weekends. And considering it’s still the Dead Period, that can only be a sign of good things to come for Nick Saban and company this summer when the recruiting moratorium is lifted. Five 2022 five-stars are expected in attendance, including two of UA’s commits in Ty Simpson and Emmanuel Henderson. Joining the elite pair of Tide pledges expected in attendance are the nation’s No. 2 overall player in Walter Nolen, five-star defensive tackle Mykel Williams, and one-time UA pledge and linebacker target Jeremiah Alexander. Nolen has UA among his top eight, but you can bet Bama is closer to one than it is eight on the list. Nolen and defensive line coach Freddie Roach have connected throughout the recruiting process and UA is squarely among the favorites. Williams had been set to make a commitment on March 15 with all signs pointing to Georgia. The Peach State native held off on making an announcement, leaving the door open for other programs. Williams has family in the Tuscaloosa area. Alexander was the Tide’s first 2022 pledge before re-opening his recruitment in the fall. UA is still among his top six, with Georgia looking as though it’ll be Bama’s stiffest competition. Beyond just the 2022 five-stars planning to attend, a pair of 2023 five-stars in defensive end Peter Woods and cornerback Tony Mitchell are both making the trip to T-Town. Both prospects are trending to UA on the 247Sports Crystal Ball in the early going.
In-state recruiting win
Both Alabama and Auburn are playing their spring games on Saturday. There’s no question the Tide won the weekend on the recruiting front with the level of in-state talent expected in town alone. UA has at least nine of the top 15 players in the state planning to be in the stands for A-Day. And while it’s not your typical recruiting event considering it’s still the Dead Period, it’s still an important weekend that Bama can showcase its atmosphere off during, as well as keep top targets away from other campuses at the same time.
Commits turned recruiters?
The quarterback is often the leader of the class, and with Ty Simpson that’s the certainly the case. The five-star signal caller has already been active on the recruiting front since joining the fold in February, and will be tasked with that role more than ever on Saturday. Considering there’s no face-to-face contact with the staff due to the Dead Period rules, you can bet Simpson will be actively working on guys like Walter Nolen, Shemar James, Omari Kelly, and others.
In a normal year A-Day often produces a commitment or three given the nature of the event. Will that be the case in 2021? It’s hard to say as most in attendance have stated they are in no rush to make a decision, especially considering the Dead Period is coming to an end come June. With that being said, we’ll still take a stab at names to potentially watch.
Shemar James — The four-star athlete hasn’t given a cement timeline, and has said it could be sooner rather than later in the past. The Mobile native has already cut his list to eight, so he’s had a more narrowed focus in recent weeks.
Omari Kelly — The Tide recruits Hewitt-Trussville better than anyone, landing some of the top prep talent in the country year after year. Kelly earned an offer from Nick Saban last fall and has been one to watch ever since.
Antonio Kite — For as rapid of a rise as Kite’s stock has seen in recent months, the Anniston native has kept a relatively low profile throughout. The two-sport star grew up a Bama fan, but hasn’t let that influence his decision making process as his national profile has grown. Still, though, it’s clear the UA offer left an impression when he earned it last fall.
Still no contact with coaches so I’m not expecting a commitment. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if we still got one.
I guess I’d be okay with Nolan and Alexander committing today
Nolen is a beast
Paul Tyson is gonna throw for 6 TDs today just to keep things interesting
Glad the 2019 guys got to do the ceremony
Getting covid out of the way early again
Sounds like Milroe is out too. I was looking forward to watching him
-- At the inside linebacker position, Jaylen Moody and true freshman Deontae Lawson appear to be the first-teamers with Demouy Kennedy and Jackson Bratton manning the second unit. On the edge opposite Christopher Allen was Chris Braswell at the Jack linebacker spot.
Lawson looks like he’s the next great one, already the 3rd MLB it seems. Braswell running ahead of Sanders surprising as well
Loving the footwork in the pocket
Oh my at that juke
My god Bryce