Alabama Football’s Fitzpatrick and Bozeman Named to The Sporting News All-America Team

11-25-17 MFB vs Auburn Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) Alabama defensive back Hootie Jones (6) Photo by Kent Gidley

Selections are the fourth for both Tide players this season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and senior center Bradley Bozeman received All-America honors from The Sporting News (TSN), the outlet announced Tuesday. Fitzpatrick was named to TSN’s first team while Bozeman was a second-team selection.

Fitzpatrick is a consensus first-team All-American this season, having been previously recognized by Walter Camp, The Football Writers Association of America and the Associated Press. Bozeman has now received second-team honors from all four groups.

The 2017 winner of Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe awards, Fitzpatrick is the Tide’s fifth-leading tackler with 52 stops this season. He has also recorded six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception seven pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a blocked kick in 2017.

In his second season as the Crimson Tide’s starting center, Bozeman has graded out at an average of 85.6 percent as a senior with 16 knockdown blocks and just seven missed assignments in 724 snaps (99.0 percent success rate). The Roanoke, Ala., native has allowed just two sacks and four pressures this season and has blocked for six 100-yard rushing games this year, giving him 17 in his 28 career starts at center.

Alabama Football’s Minkah Fitzpatrick, Bradley Bozeman and Jonah Williams Earn All-America Honors

9/9/17 MFB vs Fresno State Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (75) Photo by Kent Gidley 9/9/17 MFB vs Fresno State Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (75) Photo by Kent Gidley

Crimson Tide trio honored by the Associated Press and FWAA on Monday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and senior center Bradley Bozeman received All-America honors from the Football Writers of America (FWAA) and Associated Press (AP) on Monday. Sophomore offensive tackle Jonah Williams also joined Bozeman on the AP team.

Fitzpatrick was named to the FWAA and AP first teams while Bozeman was a second-team selection by both outlets. Williams was named a third-team All-American by AP. Fitzpatrick was also an AP first-team honoree in 2016. The FWAA and AP selections are the first for Bozeman while Williams was honored for the first time by AP.

The 2017 winner of Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe awards, Fitzpatrick is the Tide’s fifth-leading tackler with 52 stops this season. The Old Bridge, N.J., native has also recorded six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a blocked kick in 2017.

In his second season as the Crimson Tide’s starting center, Bozeman has graded out at an average of 85.6 percent as a senior with 16 knockdown blocks and just seven missed assignments in 724 snaps (99.0 percent success rate). The Roanoke, Ala., native has allowed just two sacks and four pressures this season and has blocked for six 100-yard rushing games this year, giving him 17 in his 28 career starts at center.

A starter since the first game of his freshman season in 2016, Williams was also a first-team All-SEC honoree this season. He has posted has 20 knockdown blocks on the season and an average grade of  86.9 percent while surrendering just half of a sack and four pressures in 734 offensive snaps this season. The Folsom, Calif., native has blocked for 17 100-yard rushers in his 27-game career, including six in 2017.

Alabama Football’s Minkah Fitzpatrick wins Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe Awards

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Crimson Tide defensive back among the honorees at the College Football Awards Show on Thursday 

ATLANTA – Alabama junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick was presented with a pair of individual national awards Thursday night at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which took place at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.

Fitzpatrick received both the Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe awards on Thursday. The Bednarik recognizes the nation’s top defensive player while the Thorpe is presented annually to college football’s top defensive back. He is the second Tide player to receive both awards. Jonathan Allen was the 2016 Bednarik honoree while Antonio Langham received the Thorpe in 1993.

Already regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the nation, Fitzpatrick is the Tide’s fifth-leading tackler with 52 stops this season and has added six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a blocked kick through 12 games in 2017.

Earlier in the day, Fitzpatrick picked up a pair of All-America honors as he earned first-team recognition on both the Walter Camp and Sports Illustrated All-America teams.

Alabama Football’s Minkah Fitzpatrick and Bradley Bozeman Named to Walter Camp All-America Team

10-07-17 MFB vs Texas A&M Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) Photo by Kent Gidley

Duo also join teammate Ronnie Harrison on Sports Illustrated’s All-America Team 

ATLANTA – Junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and senior center Bradley Bozeman have been named to the 2017 Walter Camp All-America Team, the Walter Camp Foundation announced Thursday evening.

Fitzpatrick was named to the Camp first team while Bozeman was a second-team selection. This is Fitzpatrick’s second selection to the nation’s oldest All-America team. The Old Bridge, N.J., native was as second-team pick in 2016. This is the first selection for Bozeman.

Already regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the nation, Fitzpatrick is the Tide’s fifth-leading tackler with 52 stops this season and has added six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a blocked kick through 12 games in 2017.

In his second season as the Crimson Tide’s starting center, Bozeman has graded out at an average of 85.6 percent as a senior with 16 knockdown blocks and just seven missed assignments in 724 snaps (99.0 percent success rate). The Roanoke, Ala., native has allowed just two sacks and four pressures all season and has blocked for six 100-yard rushing games this year, giving him 17 in his 28 career starts at center.

The Walter Camp All-America teams are selected by the head coaches and sports information directors from all FBS schools and certified by Marcum LLP, a New Haven, Conn.-based accounting firm. This is the 128th edition of the Walter Camp All-America team.

Earlier on Thursday, Fitzpatrick, Bozeman and junior defensive back Ronnie Harrison were named the Sports Illustrated All-America Team. Fitzpatrick was a first-team choice while Bozeman and Harrison were among the second-team honorees.

Alabama’s leader in tackles with 68 stops this season, Harrison has added 3.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 2.5 sacks (-18 yards) and three pass breakups to his 2017 totals. He is tied for the team lead with three interceptions  and collected 43 tackles against the run, ranking second among Tide defenders in that category. The Tallahassee, Fla., native is tied for sixth in the SEC in and was named the SEC Co-Defensive player of the week for his performance against LSU.

Alabama Football’s Dylan Moses and Henry Ruggs III Named to SEC All-Freshman Team

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First-year players have been key contributors in their debut seasons 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses and return specialist Henry Ruggs III were named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team, the league office announced Thursday. The team was voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.

A strong and speedy threat at linebacker, Moses has collected 30 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss (-24 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-17 yards), forced a fumble and intercepted one pass in 11 games this season. The Baton Rouge, La., native finished the regular season on an upswing, recording 21 tackles in his first two career starts against Mercer and Auburn.

Ruggs III serves as one of the Tide’s returners on both kickoffs and punts. The Montgomery, Ala., native has returned 10 kickoffs for 191 yards while taking back eight punts totaling 46 yards. He is also a deep-ball threat in the talented Tide receiving corps, with seven receptions for 175 yards, the first five of which went for touchdowns. Ruggs III leads the Tide in touchdown receptions and yards per catch average at 25.0.

Alabama Football Lands 10 on 2017 Coaches All-SEC Team

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Crimson Tide leads in selections for 10th-consecutive season 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Alabama Crimson Tide football team placed 10 players on the 2017 Coaches All-SEC Team, the Southeastern Conference office announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide led the way with 10 All-SEC selections, including five first-team honorees. This marks the 10th-consecutive season Alabama has led the conference in All-SEC picks.

Junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and sophomore defensive lineman Raekwon Davis were first-team selections on defense. Sophomore offensive lineman Jonah Williams and junior receiver Calvin Ridley received first-team honors on offense while senior punter JK Scott was tabbed as the first-team punter.

The first-team honors are the third for Scott (2014, 2016) and second for Fitzpatrick (2016). Ridley was a second-team selection in 2015 and 2016.

Senior center Bradley Bozeman was named to the second-team offense while senior defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand, junior defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne, senior linebacker Rashaan Evans and junior defensive back Ronnie Harrison were second-team picks on defense.

The Tide also landed 11 players on the Associated Press All-SEC Team that was announced Monday. Junior offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher joined Ridley, Williams and Bozeman on the first-team offense while Evans, Fitzpatrick, Harrison and Payne were named to the first-team defense. Davis and senior defensive back Levi Wallace earned second-team honors on defense while Scott was the second-team punter.

The 2017 SEC individual award winners will be announced Wednesday and the SEC All-Freshman Team will be released Thursday.

2017 All-SEC Football Team

 

Offense

TE –     Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

 

OL –   Jonah Williams, Alabama

Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

Braden Smith, Auburn

Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State

 

C –       Will Clapp, LSU

 

WR –  Calvin Ridley, Alabama

A.J. Brown, Ole Miss

 

QB –    Drew Lock, Missouri

 

RB –     Kerryon Johnson, Auburn

Nick Chubb, Georgia

 

AP –    Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

 

Defense

DL –   Raekwon Davis, Alabama

Jeff Holland, Auburn

Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

Jeffrey Simmons, Mississippi State

 

LB –     Roquan Smith, Georgia

Devin White, LSU

Skai Moore, South Carolina

 

DB –   Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Duke Dawson, Florida

Armani Watts, Texas A&M

Carlton Davis, Auburn

 

Special Teams

PK –    Daniel Carlson, Auburn

 

P –      JK Scott, Alabama

 

RS –     Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

 

 

Second Team

Offense

TE –     Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

 

OL –   Trey Smith, Tennessee

Garrett Brumfield, LSU

Martez Ivey, Florida

Greg Little, Ole Miss

 

C –     Bradley Bozeman, Alabama

 

WR –   J’Mon Moore, Missouri

Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

 

QB –    Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

 

RB –     Benny Snell, Kentucky

Derrius Guice, LSU

 

AP –    A.J. Brown, Ole Miss

 

Defense

DL –   Da’Ron Payne, Alabama

Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama

Marcell Frazier, Missouri

Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss

 

LB –    Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

Tre’ Williams, Auburn

 

DB –   Ronnie Harrison, Alabama

Donte Jackson, LSU

Greedy Williams, LSU

Deandre Baker, Georgia

 

Special Teams

PK –    Eddy Pineiro, Florida

 

P –       Johnny Townsend, Florida

 

RS –     DJ Chark, LSU

 

Alabama Offensive Line One of Three Finalists for the Joe Moore Award

04-10-2017 MFB spring practice Bradley Bozeman offensive lineman (75) Photo by Kent Gidley 04-10-2017 MFB spring practice Bradley Bozeman offensive lineman (75) Photo by Kent Gidley

Crimson Tide a candidate for its second national offensive line of the year honor in three seasons 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama offensive line was selected as one of three finalists for the Joe Moore Award, the Foundation for Teamwork announced Wednesday. The Joe Moore Award is presented annually to the nation’s top offensive line unit. Alabama is joined by Auburn and Notre Dame on the finalists list.

This season, the Alabama offensive line has provided protection for a balanced attack that is averaging 465.4 yards and 39.1 points per game. The Tide ranks in the top-25 nationally in passing efficiency (eighth) scoring (12th), rushing (11th) and total offense (22nd). Alabama has topped the 600-yard mark in total offense three times in 2017, which is the second-most occurrences in a season in school history.

The Joe Moore Award is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit. The award annually recognizes the nation’s most outstanding offensive line unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone-setting and finishing. Alabama previously won the award in 2015.

Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick Named to SEC Football Community Service Team

9/23/17 MFB vs Vanderbilt Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) Photo by Kent Gidley

The junior was honored for his service efforts off the gridiron 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama junior Minkah Fitzpatrick has been named to the 2017 Southeastern Conference Football Community Service Team, the league office announced Tuesday.

A team leader in the community and on campus in his three years at Alabama, Fitzpatrick has given his time to several groups around Tuscaloosa, including the YMCA, TAP, Inc. and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Old Bridge, N.J. native has been active in mentoring at-risk youth in the area. He also spent his spring break in 2017 with a group of Alabama student-athletes as part of an FCA mission trip that did relief work in Costa Rica.

The SEC names a Community Service Team for each of its 21-league sponsored sports, highlighting an athlete from each school who gives back to his community through superior service efforts.

No. 1 Alabama Football Falls to No. 6 Auburn, 26-14

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Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2)
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The Crimson Tide held a 14-10 lead early in the third quarter before the Tigers scored the final 16 points of the game

AUBURN, Ala. – The top-ranked University of Alabama football team fell to No. 6 Auburn, 26-14, Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC) fell for the first time this season to the Tigers (10-2, 7-1 SEC) in the 82nd Iron Bowl.

Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts finished the game going 13-of-23 for 177 yards and a score, while leading the Tide in rushing with 80 yards on 17 carries.

On the defensive side of the ball, freshman linebacker Dylan Moses ended the game with a team-high 10 tackles, while senior linebacker Rashaan Evans had nine tackles, one for a loss, and one quarterback hurry.

The two teams traded punts to open up the game before Auburn got on the board after driving 94 yards in 12 plays, finishing with a three-yard jump pass to put the Tigers up 7-0 with 4:38 remaining in the opening quarter.

Following an Alabama fumble on its own end of the field, Auburn took over at the UA 44-yard line.  The Tigers proceeded to drive down to the Tide’s four-yard line, before a low snap on third-and-goal could not be corralled by quarterback Jarrett Stidham, and was recovered by junior defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne to end the first quarter.

After the Auburn fumble, both teams were forced to punt before the Crimson Tide got the ball back at its own 39-yard line.  Six plays into the UA drive, Hurts converted a crucial fourth-and-one with a three-yard run from the Auburn 39-yard line to keep the offense on the field and improve the Tide to 13-of-13 on fourth down conversions this season.

On the next play from scrimmage, Hurts found freshman wide receiver Jerry Jeudy who came down with the football in the end zone for a career-long 36-yard touchdown reception.  With the touchdown pass, Hurts moved his career touchdown responsibility total up to 59, moving the sophomore into sole possession of second place on the UA career touchdown responsibility list. Following senior place kicker Andy Pappanastos’ point after attempt, the game was tied 7-7 with 8:31 left in the first half.

Both teams punted before AU took over at the UA 49-yard line with 2:53 remaining in the half.  Auburn drove down to the UA 16-yard line in seven plays before converting a 33-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to take the 10-7 advantage.

Alabama responded to start the second half by gaining 79 yards on five plays, capped off by junior running back Bo Scarbrough flying down the left side and into the end zone for the 21-yard score. Following the Pappanastos kick, the Tide was back on top 14-10 with 13:22 left in the third quarter.

The Auburn offense answered with a nine play 52-yard scoring drive that ended with a 44-yard field goal splitting the uprights, to cut the Alabama lead to 14-13 with 10:12 remaining in the third quarter.

After a Crimson Tide punt, the Tigers scored for the second-straight time, putting together a 12 play 69-yard drive that was finished off by a one-yard touchdown run to give Auburn a 20-14 advantage with 3:02 left in the third quarter.

Following the AU touchdown, freshman Trevon Diggs gave UA great field position by returning the ensuing kickoff 55 yards to the Auburn 39-yard line.  Five plays later, Alabama could not capitalize after senior punter JK Scott bobbled the snap on the field goal attempt, giving the ball back to the Tigers with 53 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Auburn scored for the fourth-consecutive drive, on a 16-yard touchdown run to finish off the seven play 74-yard scoring drive. The Tigers’ two-point conversion failed, keeping the score at 26-14 with 12:49 left in the game.

On the next Alabama drive, the Tide drove into Auburn territory before turning the ball over on a fourth-and-three from the AU 33-yard line.

The Alabama defense came up with a stop to give the ball back to the offense with 5:33 remaining in the game, and turned the ball over on downs for the third-straight drive.

Alabama will discover where they will play next on Dec. 3 when the College Football Playoff committee announces Playoff Semifinal matchups and New Year’s bowl pairings.

Alabama Football’s Jalen Hurts a Semifinalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award

Sophomore a semifinalist for the second year in a row 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts is one of 10 semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, SportTyler announced Wednesday.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award is given annually to the “top offensive player in NCAA Division I that exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity.” The recipient must have been born in the state of Texas, attended a Texas high school or attend a Texas junior college or university. Hurts was a finalist for the 2016 award.

The Houston, Texas, native already ranks among the top quarterbacks in Alabama history just 26 games into his career with the Tide. Hurts is the school record-holder in quarterback rushing touchdowns (21) and ranks No. 2 in quarterback career rushing (1,640 yards) and career touchdown responsibility (58). He is third in career total offense (6,248 yards), fifth in career touchdown passes (37) and ninth in passing yards (4,608). This season Hurts has completed 123-of-201 passes for 1,828 yards and 14 touchdowns with just one interception. He is also the Tide’s second-leading rusher with 686 yards and eight touchdowns on 119 carries.

Finalists for the 2017 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award will be announced on Dec. 6. The winner will be announced on Jan. 10, 2018, at the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Banquet in Tyler, Texas.