02/15/19 - (DT) - *Quinnen Williams, rSo, 6-3, 295 Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: A First Round Prototype: Quinnen Williams, Alabama,...With all due respect to quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (among others), Williams was the best player in college football in 2018. Teams will have to weigh the fact that he enjoyed just one dominant season before making the jump to the NFL but Williams' combination of size, quickness and power suggest he is on his way towards future Pro Bowls rather than proving a fluke. There are few interior defensive linemen who dominated the competition as consistently and completely as Williams in 2018. Former No. 2 overall pick (2010) and five-time Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh is perhaps the best "recent" example of a player who simply toyed with opponents in the same fashion as Williams in 2018, perhaps why he's held fast to the No. 1 overall pick in my updated mock draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/15/19 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Steve Sarkisian is returning to Alabama as offensive coordinator, a position he held for the 2016 team in the national championship game loss to Clemson. Alabama coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Sarkisian and six other assistants on Friday, along with the promotion of Pete Golding to defensive coordinator. Sarkisian took over the offense before that title game played in January 2017 after Lane Kiffin left following the semifinals to begin duties as Florida Atlantic's head coach. The former Southern California head coach then left to become offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Falcons coach Dan Quinn fired Sarkisian and his defensive and special teams coordinators after a 7-9 season. - AP College Football
02/11/19 - (FS) - *Deionte Thompson, rJr, 6-1, 196 An assault charge was dismissed against Alabama safety and NFL top prospect Deionte Thompson, who was linked to a 2017 spring break fight in Texas. Prosecutors in Galveston County requested the charge be dropped against Thompson, an All-American who in January announced for the NFL draft. A judge signed the order Wednesday. Thompson was among four men indicted in October 2017 over the alleged beating of a man on Crystal Beach, near Galveston. Thompson and the three others are from Orange, about 100 miles northeast of Houston. Attorneys for Thompson have said he wasn't involved in the fight. Prosecutors cited new evidence in dropping the charge. Two men still face assault charges. The third man pleaded guilty last year to assault and was sentenced to one year in jail. - AP College Football
02/11/19 - (SS) - Kyriq McDonald, rFr, 5-10, 197 Two Alabama players are exploring transfers. Reserve defensive back Kyriq McDonald and long snapper Scott Meyer entered the NCAA transfer portal on Monday, according to a source. McDonald played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman for the Crimson Tide last season and was twice recognized as one of Alabama's special teams players of the week. Meyer was the Tide's snapper for field goals and extra points as a redshirt freshman in 2017 but only played in one game last year as Thomas Fletcher handled all of the long snapping. - Matt Zenitz, AL.com
01/14/19 - (ILB) - *Mack Wilson, Jr, 6-1, 239 Alabama middle linebacker Mack Wilson is entering the NFL draft. Wilson becomes the seventh Crimson Tide player and fourth defender to declare for the draft since losing to Clemson in the national title game. The junior announced his intentions on Twitter Sunday evening. Wilson made 71 tackles with five for a loss and had two interceptions last season. The Montgomery, Alabama product played in 42 games over the past two seasons and had 119 career tackles. - AP College Football
01/13/19 - (FS) - *Deionte Thompson, rJr, 6-1, 196 All-America safety Deionte Thompson has joined a growing crowd of Alabama players leaving early for the NFL draft. Thompson announced his decision Sunday on Twitter. He's the sixth Crimson Tide underclassman to announce his decision to leave early. Thompson was a consensus All-American in his first season as the starter. He made 79 tackles and had two interceptions and four forced fumbles. Thompson, who has already graduated, says his experience at Alabama was "undeniably life-changing and an experience that I wouldn't trade for the world." He's widely projected as a potential first-round pick. Cornerback Saivion Smith announced Saturday that he's turning pro. A day earlier, left tackle Jonah Williams, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. all declared for the draft. AL.com's Mark Zenitz has also reported a source has released that Linebacker Mack Wilson is another potential Tide player to enter the NFL Draft. - AP College Football
01/13/19 - (CB) - *Saivion Smith, Jr, 6-1, 200 Alabama cornerback Saivion Smith is entering the NFL draft. Smith announced his decision Saturday on Twitter, becoming the fifth Crimson Tide underclassmen to turn pro this week. The junior college transfer played in all 15 games during his lone season at Alabama, starting 12. He had 60 tackles, three interceptions and eight tackles for loss. Smith was a five-star recruit who played one season at LSU before transferring to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He joins defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, left tackle Jonah Williams, running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. in declaring for the draft. The decisions for the other four were announced Friday at a news conference. Safety Deionte Thompson and linebackers Anfernee Jennings and Mack Wilson are among other Tide juniors who haven't announced their intentions yet. - AP College Football
01/11/19 - (DT) - *Quinnen Williams, rSo, 6-3, 295 Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. Jonah Williams and Quinnen Williams are unanimous All-Americans rated as potential Top 10 picks.
Quinnen Williams is a third-year sophomore who won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman on either side of the ball. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder had a breakout season in his first season as starter, leading the team with 17 tackles for loss and ranking third with 66 tackles. "I dreamed of this day almost every day when I was a little kid when I was playing little league football in Birmingham," he said. "Just to see I made it become a reality, like I get a chance to enter the draft. Most people don't get a chance from where I'm from. "Most people have the athletic ability or the ability to do it, but can't get past different distractions and stuff. To see I defeated all the odds and the negativity and just everything in general, I defeated it all. It made me emotional kind of to see that I've came from a long way, seen a lot of stuff when I was young." Quinnen Williams said he spent considerable time talking on the phone about the decision to Saban, who he called "like the Godfather of early leaving. - AP College Football
01/11/19 - (OT) - *Jonah Williams, Jr, 6-5, 301 Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. Jonah Williams and Quinnen Williams are unanimous All-Americans rated as potential Top 10 picks. They helped lead the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference title before losing 44-16 to Clemson in the national championship game. The exodus of underclassmen has become an annual rite for the talent-rich Tide.
"This is probably going to sound like a Grammy acceptance speech but I just have a lot of thank yous because this place really, it's an incredible program that coach (Nick) Saban's built but it runs because of all the people that work in the coaching and support staff roles," said Jonah Williams, before naming staffers in a number of different departments. Jonah Williams won the Southeastern Conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He started every game of his Tide career, the first at right tackle and the past two on the left side. "These guys have always been exemplary in all the things they've done to help themselves, in terms of their work ethic, their character, the choices and decisions they've made, which is what has created the opportunity for them," Saban said. - AP College Football
01/11/19 - (RB) - *Josh Jacobs, Jr, 5-09, 216 Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. Jonah Williams and Quinnen Williams are unanimous All-Americans rated as potential Top 10 picks. Jacobs and Smith are also listed as potential late first-rounders in at least one mock draft. Jacobs was a diverse threat for the Tide on offense and special teams. He ran for 640 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 247 yards and three scores. Once a lightly recruited player who was a late addition to his Alabama recruiting class, he averaged 30.6 yards on 14 kick returns with a TD. "This decision has definitely been tough for me," he said. "Even on the ride here, I still didn't know exactly what choice I wanted to make." - AP College Football
01/11/19 - (TE) - *Irv Smith Jr., Jr, 6-3, 241 Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. Jonah Williams and Quinnen Williams are unanimous All-Americans rated as potential Top 10 picks. Smith emerged as a weapon this season. He caught 44 passes for 710 yards and seven touchdowns. His father, Irv Smith Sr., is a former NFL tight end who was a first-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 1993. - AP College Football
01/08/19 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Tua Tagovailoa dropped back on Alabama's third play of the game, threw in between two receivers and had the ball intercepted and returned for a touchdown. It proved to be that kind of night for the Crimson Tide's uber-talented quarterback, who didn't fare nearly as well as a starter in the College Football Playoff championship game as he did a year ago in relief. Tagovailoa threw two interceptions, was stopped on a pair of fourth-down runs and struggled mightily in the final three quarters of a 44-16 loss to Clemson on Monday night, the most lopsided loss of coach Nick Saban's storied career at Alabama.
"It was a poor decision on my part," Tagovailoa said about the early interception. "I just think we came out, and we were killing ourselves. We shot ourselves in the foot by me throwing that interception for a touchdown, and then not finishing drives the way we wanted to. Just didn't go the way we wanted to." Tagovailoa announced his arrival as a star on this stage a year ago when he came off the bench to throw three TD passes, including the game-winner in overtime to beat Georgia 26-23 for the championship in Atlanta. He followed that up with a Heisman Trophy runner-up campaign, throwing 41 TD passes and only four interceptions for the top-ranked Crimson Tide (14-1) to lead them back to the playoff as a sophomore. - AP College Football
12/26/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 QB Tua Tagovailoa said Wednesday that his sprained left ankle is at about 80-85 percent. Tagovailoa underwent surgery after sustaining the injury in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1 against Georgia. The native Hawaiian has thrown for 3,353 yards with 37 touchdowns against four interceptions this season. He completed 67.7 percent of his passes and led the nation in yards per catch (16.9).
12/21/18 - (QB) - Tua Tagovailoa, So, 6-1, 218 Tua Tagovailoa is optimistic that he will be fully recovered from ankle surgery and ready to play in the Orange Bowl. The Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up said his left ankle will be just fine for the College Football Playoff semifinal game with Oklahoma on Dec. 29. "I'll probably be at 100 percent by the time the game comes," Tagovailoa said Wednesday. "That's my prediction. Definitely." He has been practicing on a limited basis since the top-ranked Crimson Tide began playoff preparations last Friday. Coach Nick Saban has said his star quarterback "is probably ahead of schedule."
Tagovaila suffered a high ankle sprain on the opening series of the Southeastern Conference championship game Dec. 1 against Georgia. He had surgery the next day. Saban says other Tide players have returned in about two weeks from that procedure. Tagovailoa said he has been able to do footwork drills and other work but still hasn't been able to make cuts. "Other than that, there's nothing that's hindering me too much," he said. "It's just the surgery that hurts. My ankle's fine and everything's fine. Just the scar." - AP College Football
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