26 - 23! Now What? The heady high of Alabama's thrilling win in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game is fading. A little. Saban proved he's The Coaching Master by daring to pull Tua off the bench to recalibrate the team. Jalen brought them to the championship game; Tua took them to the win. They are two unbelievably, talented young men.
Fans are excited for the team and the upcoming football season. Happily, the National Championship can't hurt in attracting top tier players on National Signing Day - February 7. Five juniors have declared for the NFL draft so far, and they will need to be replaced (reloaded). Saban & staff are still adjusting to the new recruiting schedule after the early signing period in December.
Nick Saban has a major decision to make. Either go with the quarterback who is 26-2 as a starter or the one who came off the bench at halftime to spark Alabama's 26-23 overtime win in the College Football Playoff title game . . . Montgomery Advertiser
Buggs was an immediate contributor along Alabama's defensive line last year, but he will see his demands increase even further as he enters his last season in the Crimson Tide program . . . Bama Online
It would have been a fitting end to a championship-caliber season within Alabama athletics, one that was highlighted by the Crimson Tide football team claiming a national title in stunning overtime fashion . . . Decatur Daily
To the surprise of no one, Alabama's quarterback situation doesn't look like a problem to Simmons. The Crimson Tide quarterback room is ranked second in the nation behind Washington . . . Bama Online
Alabama should be concerned about its offensive line going into preseason camp . . . Montgomery Advertiser
Calera senior Cornelius Brown, a 6-foot-5 180-pound senior who plays for former Alabama quarterback Andrew Zow, visited Alabama on Tuesday and received an offer from the Crimson Tide . . . Huntsville Times
O.J. Howard has an idea of how Nick Saban will handle the hottest topic going into the 2018 college football season – Alabama's quarterback competition . . . Montgomery Advertiser
"We asked our quarterbacks to be present. You can't be perfect. That means play one play at a time, be in the moment . . . Bama Online
Though early in the process, Alabama holds healthy leads in the ranking for recruits . . . Birmingham News
"My biggest thing is to overall play a bigger role in every aspect of the team," Hentges said this spring. "I want to be a better leader, better route runner, better pass catcher, a better blocker and overall help the team on special teams, as well . . . Bama Online
So who among current SEC players has the best chance at bringing home the trophy in 2018 . . . Mobile Press-Register
Another Monday, another commitment for the reigning national champions . . . Tuscaloosa News
It's not hard to figure out a big reason why the Cavaliers took Sexton with the No. 8 overall pick at the NBA draft, nor is it hard to imagine the Cavs are likely hoping the move works out a little better for them than it did for James' old team . . . Yahoo Sports
"Man, LeBron, let's do it," Sexton said on ESPN. "I see you need a few pieces last season, now let's do it. Let's go back to the Finals . . . Dothan Eagle
Just a day separates Collin Sexton and what should be a life-changing evening . . . Birmingham News
Opting for the fast lane, Sexton declared for the draft after his freshman season at Alabama, a program that hasn't had a player drafted in the last decade . . . Meridian (Miss.) Star
Sexton would become the first player from an Alabama high school or college selected in the opening round of the NBA Draft since 2010 . . . Mobile Press-Register
Lane Kiffin's less-than-hospitable split from Tennessee after the 2009 season has been well-documented, and he said Thursday that Alabama security officials wanted to take extra precautions upon his return as Crimson Tide offensive coordinator in 2014 . . . Mobile Press-Register
Former Alabama teammates O.J. Howard and Shaun Hamilton both had friendly warnings for each other . . . Montgomery Advertiser
Jacksonville defensive coordinator Todd Wash said Harrison had opened the coaching staff's eyes during the Jaguars' offseason program, which ended last week . . . Huntsville Times
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