12/09/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 QB Tua Tagovailoa finished second to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray in the Heisman Trophy voting on Saturday. Tagovailoa's 1,871 points were the highest total for a runner-up. Tagovailoa threw for 3,353 yards with 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing almost 68 percent of his passes this year while leading Alabama (13-0) into the College Football Playoff. The Hawaiian native's 202.30 passer rating was second nationally.
12/04/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 QB Tua Tagovailoa was named a finalist for the 84th Heisman Trophy. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be presented Saturday (8 p.m. ET) in New York. Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins were the other finalists. Tagovailoa and Murray will meet again at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 when the No. 1 Crimson Tide and fourth-seeded Sooners square off in a College Football Playoff semifinal contest.
11/28/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray are among the five finalists named Wednesday for the Walter Camp national player of the award. Joining the two Heisman Trophy contenders as finalists are West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen. Tagovailoa has led the top-ranked Crimson Tide to the Southeastern Conference championship game and has thrown 36 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Murray has the fifth-ranked Sooners in the Big 12 title game and has accounted for 48 touchdowns (37 passing, 11 rushing). The winner will be announced Dec. 6. - AP College Football
11/20/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins were each named finalists for two of the nine awards to be presented Dec. 6 at the ESPN college Football Awards Show at the Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Tagovailoa and Murray were each chosen as finalists for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the nation's best player, and the Davey O'Brien Award, signifying best quarterback. The other Maxwell Award finalist is West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and the third O'Brien finalist is Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew II. Williams and Wilkins are finalists for the Outland Trophy for best lineman and the Chuck Bednarik Award for defensive player of the year. - AP College Football
11/17/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 No. 1 Alabama finally found a team that could play toe to toe with the Crimson Tide, at least until halftime. The surprise twist: It was The Citadel, an FCS team, not a Southeastern Conference rival. Tua Tagovailoa passed for 340 yards and three touchdowns, but the Tide struggled for 30-plus minutes before putting away The Citadel in a 50-17 victory on Saturday. Alabama coach Nick Saban said his team learned a lesson - it must be mentally prepared. "I don't really care who you're playing," he said. "Every team that comes here and plays us is going to give us their best shot," Saban added. "These guys have got everything to gain and nothing to lose, and we've got nothing but downside in the game." Alabama (11-0), which had coasted against SEC opponents, went into halftime tied at 10 with the Bulldogs (4-6). It wasn't until 'Bama scored two touchdowns in a 12-second span on its way to a 27-point third quarter that the Tide could rest easy. - AP College Football
11/14/18 - (DT) - Quinnen Williams, rSo, 6-3, 295 Alabama nose tackle Quinnen Williams, Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen and LSU safety Grant Delpit give the Southeastern Conference three of the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the nation's top defensive player. The other finalists announced Wednesday were Michigan linebacker Devin Bush and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. The Nagurski Trophy is chosen by the Football Writers Association of America. The winner will be announced Dec. 3 at the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Williams has 14 tackles for loss, including five sacks, for No. 1 Alabama. Allen leads the SEC with 15½ tackles for loss. Delpit leads LSU in interceptions (five) and tackles for loss (9½). Bush is the leading tackle for the top defense in the country. Wilkins has 10.5 tackles for loss, including three sacks. - AP College Football
11/14/18 - (DT) - Quinnen Williams, rSo, 6-3, 295 The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week. The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last weekend. In fact, the entire top 10 stayed the same, the first time that has happened in the five seasons since the CFP was born. With three weekends left until the final selections are made on Dec. 2, Georgia was fifth and Oklahoma was sixth. LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State rounded out the top 10. UCF moved up one spot to No. 11. - AP College Football
11/12/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been bothered by a knee injury in recent weeks, but head coach Nick Saban said Monday he plans to have Tagovailoa play this week against The Citadel. Tagovailoa left the Mississippi State game on Saturday after getting hit on his right knee, which is the one that has bothered him. But Saban said Tagovailoa is OK and will practice in preparation for Saturday's game against The Citadel, which will be a huge underdog. Saban was asked Monday if he would consider leaving Tagovailoa on the bench for Saturday's game to allow him to rest the knee. "No. Why would we do that?" Saban said.
"I mean, to say this was not an important game or he doesn't need to play? I think we need to do a better job of the people playing around him, doing what they're supposed to do so he doesn't get hit. And he needs to do a better job of stepping up in the pocket and getting rid of the ball, which he had several opportunities to do. "Some of these hits could be avoided by better execution, and I think that's what we're going to focus on, not trying to take a guy out of the game so he can't improve or do what he needs to do to get better." Tagovailoa was sacked four times against Mississippi State and sat out the fourth quarter. However, Saban said Tagovailoa could have returned if needed in the Tide's 24-0 win. Backup Jalen Hurts sat out the past two games with an ankle injury, so Mac Jones has been getting more practice time. Saban said Hurts is day-to-day. - The Sports Xchange
11/12/18 - (DT) - Quinnen Williams, rSo, 6-3, 295 NOV 12 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama,...Williams led the Crimson Tide in production points in a 24-0 shutout win over No. 16 Mississippi State to share Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors...Tied for the team lead with six total tackles, including four solo stops...Recorded a 2.0 tackles for loss (-9 yards) and one sack for a loss of five yards...Helped limit the Bulldogs to just 44 rushing yards as the Tide has surrendered just 157 yards on the ground in the last four games...State managed just 169 total yards while punting eight times and turning it over on downs twice. - SEC Football
11/11/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Alabama's offense didn't put up the video game-like numbers that had seemingly become commonplace. The defense played so well, again, that it didn't matter. The top-ranked Crimson Tide had its second straight shutout in a 24-0 victory over No. 18 Mississippi State on Saturday, while Josh Jacobs ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass. With quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still battling a gimpy right knee, the Tide (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 1 CFP) turned to defense for another vintage performance. "I think in this day and age, you not only get judged on whether you win but you get judged on how you win," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "I never thought I'd ever be in position to say that you get style points but the way our system is, that may be the way it is."
The offense had already banked plenty of style - and real - points along the way. Alabama raced to a fast start but mostly stalled from there against the Bulldogs (6-4, 2-4) and the nation's No. 2 scoring defense. Tagovailoa started the fourth quarter on a stationary bike after getting his right knee checked out in the medical tent following a low hit. He didn't return and wasn't needed, mainly because of a defense that was overshadowed by an offense that had led the nation in scoring much of the season. Saban said Tagovailoa could have returned if needed. - AP College Football
11/05/18 - (DT) - Quinnen Williams, rSo, 6-3, 295 NOV 5 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama,...Williams led the Crimson Tide in production points in a 29-0 shutout win at No.3 LSU to share Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors...Named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Tigers...Led the team with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops...Recorded a career-high 2.5 sacks (18 yards) and 3.5 tackles for loss (-19 yards)...Helped limit LSU to just 12 rushing yards as the Tide racked up five total sacks...The Tigers managed just 196 total yards while punting on their first nine drives. - SEC Football
11/05/18 - (OT) - Jonah Williams, Jr, 6-5, 301 NOV 5 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jonah Williams, LT, Alabama,...Williams once again turned in an elite performance, this time against one of the best defenses in college, as the Crimson Tide shutout No. 3 LSU in Death Valley...Williams led an offensive line that as a unit earned Alabama Offensive Player of the Week honors...Recorded six knockdown blocks for the second straight game and third time this season as the Tide averaged 7.6 yards per carry on the ground...Helped the Crimson Tide roll up 576 yards of total offense, including 281 on the ground, which is the most the Tide has rushed for against LSU since gaining 300 yards in 2002...Williams did allow a sack or a pressure or commit a penalty...The Alabama offensive line ranks fourth nationally and first in the SEC, allowing just .67 sacks per game...Has not allowed a sack in 535 plays from scrimmage this season. - SEC Football
11/05/18 - (DT) - Quinnen Williams, rSo, 6-3, 295 NOV 5 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: QUINNEN WILLIAMS, ALABAMA, Sophomore, Nose Guard, Birmingham, AL/Wenonah,...Quinnen Williams recorded 10 tackles (7 solo), including 3.5 for losses and two quarterback sacks as top-ranked Alabama blanked third-ranked LSU, 29-0. Williams led the Crimson Tide defensive unit that allowed just 196 yards of total offense. With the win, Alabama improved to 8-0 and clinched the SEC West title. Notes: Quinnen Williams is the 14th Alabama player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since Nov. 6, 2016 when the entire Crimson Tide defense was recognized. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
11/04/18 - (DT) - Quinnen Williams, rSo, 6-3, 295 CBS says Alabama-LSU in prime time Saturday drew the best overnight television rating for any college football game this season. The top-ranked Crimson Tide's 29-0 victory against the Tigers, who came into the game ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25, earned a 6.7 rating. That was up 81 percent from last season's 3.7 rating in prime time. CBS says the game peaked with an 8.0 rating between 9-9:30 p.m. Eastern. The previous highest rated game this season was Ohio State at Penn State on Sept. 29, which drew a 5.3 rating on ABC. Georgia at Kentucky, the first half of CBS' SEC doubleheader, drew a 2.8 rating. - AP College Football
11/04/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Tua Tagovailoa threw two touchdown passes and ran 44 yards for a score in his toughest test this season, Alabama's defense stifled No. 4 LSU, and the top-ranked Crimson Tide remained unbeaten with a 29-0 victory Saturday night. Tagovailoa took the field wearing a brace on right knee, threw his first interception of the season late in the first half and also played into the fourth quarter for the first time this season. None of those developments proved consequential. He was 25-of-42 passing for 295 yards and moved as well as well as he needed to, particularly when he sprinted up the middle of the field or his long TD run in the third quarter to give Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP) a 22-0 lead.
Tagovailoa limped off the field after that play, went into the medical tent for some treatment and rode a stationary bike on the sideline, but returned for the next series. LSU (7-2, 4-2, No. 3 CFP) entered a chance to control of the SEC Western Division with a victory, but that began to decreasingly realistic with every possession. Alabama led 16-0 by halftime and forced LSU punts on the Tigers' first nine possessions. LSU drove to the Alabama 15 on its tenth series early in the fourth quarter, only to miss a field goal with 10:45 to go. - AP College Football
10/30/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season. The 13-member selection committee released the first of its five weekly top 25s before the four-team field is set for the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 2. Michigan is fifth, followed by Georgia and Oklahoma. The top four teams were no surprise. The same four teams are Nos. 1-4 in the latest Associated Press college football poll, just with Notre Dame third and LSU fourth. Next week's rankings figure to look a lot different. Four games matching top-20 teams will be played Saturday, including Alabama at LSU. UCF was the highest ranked team from outside the Power Five conferences at 12th. - AP College Football
10/22/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 OCT 22 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama...Sophomore quarterback accounted for 312 yards of total offense and four touchdowns while playing just 50 plays in the game...Completed 65.6 percent of his passes (19 of 29) for 306 yards and four touchdowns, including nine straight completions before he left the game...Has not played a snap in the fourth quarter this season, and only played one drive into the third quarter against the Volunteers...Tagovailoa led Alabama to touchdowns on 7-of-9 drives against Tennessee and 41-of-64 drives this season (64.1 percent). Posted a passer rating of 199.7 against Tennessee and leads the nation with a 238.8 passer rating for the season while also ranking first in yards per completion (19.31) and yards per attempt (13.59)...Twelve of his 19 completions went for at least 10 yards while 14 passes converted first downs...He completed touchdown throws of 77, 41, 11 and 9 yards...Averaged 16.1 yards per completion 10.6 yards per attempt...Rushed once for six yards and a first down...Threw a touchdown every 7.25 attempts against and has averaged a TD pass every 6.1 passes this season. - SEC Football
10/22/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Alabama is finally a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college football. That probably took longer than it should have, but now all 61 voters are on board. Being unanimous No. 1 is notable but not rare. The Crimson Tide did it a couple times last season and four times in 2016. The one thing holding back, if you will, the Crimson Tide was a few voters who were less than impressed with Alabama's schedule — which has some fans apoplectic, but really hasn't been all that better relative to other top teams. Of course, you don't get anything special for being unanimous No. 1. A team is No. 1 or it isn't. Being unanimous doesn't make it No. 1est. The latest poll also restored Clemson at No. 2, thanks in part to then-No. 2 Ohio State going down, a week after Georgia was No. 2 and lost. - AP College Football
10/20/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four receivers and No. 1 Alabama started fast again in a 58-21 victory over Tennessee on Saturday. Alabama had touchdowns on its first four possessions while outscoring Tennessee 28-0 and outgaining the Volunteers 217-6 in the opening period. Alabama has outscored opponents 165-31, and Tennessee has been outscored 69-16 in first quarters this season. Tagovailoa went 19 of 29 for 306 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter with Alabama ahead 51-14. He took a big hit on his final play of the day, a 51-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III.
Earlier, Tagovailoa connected on touchdown passes to Jerry Jeudy, Jaylen Waddle and Irv Smith Jr. The Heisman Trophy contender has thrown 25 touchdown passes without an interception this season. Alabama (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) beat Tennessee (3-4, 1-3) for the 12th straight year and had the highest points total either team has ever recorded in the 101-game history of the series. Alabama is scoring 54.1 points per game and entered the weekend leading all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in that category. - AP College Football
10/18/18 - (WR) - DeVonta Smith, So, 6-0, 173 WR Devonta Smith suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter of last week's victory over Missouri, and coach Nick Saban said he was questionable for Saturday's game against Tennessee. Saban said Smith has not been able to do anything in practice this week, according to Christopher Walsh of BamaCentral. A final decision on Smith's availability probably will made close to game time on Saturday. Smith, a sophomore, is second on the team in receiving yards (409), receptions (21) and yards per catch (19.5). He also has three touchdown catches.
10/15/18 - (OT) - Jedrick Wills Jr., So, 6-4, 309 OCT 15 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jedrick Wills Jr., RT, Alabama,...Wills Jr. turned in one of the best games of his young career in a 39-10 win over Missouri...He graded out at a career-best 91 percent on his way to Alabama Offensive Player of the Week honors...Has graded out at 90 percent or better in the last two games...Accounted for four knockdown blocks as the Crimson Tide rolled up 564 yards of total offense with 184 rushing yards...Wills Jr. did not surrender a sack or a pressure against the Tigers and has not allowed a sack all season (7 games, 402 snaps)...Provided time for QBs Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts to throw for 380 while not allowing pressure...Only one missed assignment in the game (73 snaps) and is 98.0 percent on assignments this season. - SEC Football
10/14/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Tua Tagovailoa gave Alabama a momentary scare. So did Missouri. As usual, things turned out just fine for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Tagovailoa passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns but didn't return after aggravating a right knee injury in No. 1 Alabama's 39-10 victory over Missouri on Saturday night. The Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) shrugged off another would-be challenger in the league, but the star quarterback went down after sliding at the end of a run in the third quarter. Tagovailoa went to the medical tent on the sideline after tweaking a sprained right knee. He was joined by his parents, and Jalen Hurts led the Tide the rest of the way with a big lead over the Tigers (3-3, 0-3).
The nation's top scoring offense didn't let up too much, and Tagovailoa hasn't thrown a pass in a fourth quarter yet this season anyway. "Tua could have went back in the game," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "He wanted to go back in the game. I didn't think it was worth him going back into the game." Jerry Jeudy gained 147 yards on three catches, including an 81-yard touchdown from Tagovailoa on the game's second play. DeVonta Smith had four catches for 100 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury after a 57-yard gain in the second quarter. Saban said Smith pulled a muscle and could be questionable for the Tennessee game. - AP College Football
10/14/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 QB Tua Tagovailoa left Saturday night's SEC game against Missouri after apparently aggravating a knee sprain in the third quarter. Tagovailoa slid to the turf after a short run on a scramble and remained down while trainers tended to the knee. He left the field without help but went directly to the medical tent on the Alabama sideline. The sophomore from Hawaii remained in the tent for about 10 minutes. His parents came down from the stands to check on him. Tagovailoa had injured the knee during the previous week's game against Arkansas, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tagovailoa did not miss any practice time during the week. When Tagovailoa left the game, he had thrown for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
10/10/18 - (CB) - Trevon Diggs, Jr, 6-1, 199 Trevon Diggs will be out indefinitely because of a broken foot, head coach Nick Saban announced.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide (6-0) is expected to replace Diggs, who was injured last Saturday against Arkansas, with true freshman Patrick Surtain II as his replacement. "We're obviously very thin and need some guys to step up and develop," Saban said. "But Patrick has played quite a bit at his position. We do have two guys that have some experience, but we don't have a lot of depth right now." Media reports said Diggs would be out for the season, but Saban did not confirm that.
10/08/18 - (OG) - Ross Pierschbacher, rSr, 6-3, 309 OCT 8 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Ross Pierschbacher, C, Alabama...Pierschbacher graded out at a team-high 93 percent in the 65-31 victory at Arkansas to earn Alabama Offensive Player of the Week honors...Accounted for four knockdown blocks as the Crimson Tide rushed for 246 yards and five touchdowns on the ground...Alabama rolled up season-high 639 yards of total offense, including 393 passing while not surrendering a sack...Provided time for QB Tua Tagovailoa to throw for 334 yards and four touchdowns in the first half while not allowing a quarterback pressure or committing a penalty in 56 snaps...Helped the Tide offensive line improve to sixth nationally, allowing just .67 sacks per game. - SEC Football