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Alabama Athletics Unveils The Advantage

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The Advantage is designed to educate and provide Crimson Tide student-athletes with the tools necessary to build and elevate their personal brands

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama Athletics, one of the most recognizable and influential brands in all of sports, has created The Advantage, a comprehensive program that will provide Crimson Tide student-athletes with the education and tools necessary to build and elevate their personal brands.

 

In working with both campus partners and external entities, The Advantage, will focus on brand management, maximizing personal social media platforms and financial literacy.

 

“We are excited to launch this new program, which even further demonstrates our commitment to fully developing our student-athletes,” Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said. “We are blessed to have incredible resources on campus with our institution, allowing us to better fit our specific needs and evolve The Advantage, as needed.”

 

Alabama has ranked in the top two in royalties generated among the Collegiate Licensing Company’s partner institutions each of the last 11 years and was No. 1 in five of the last six seasons. Over the last five years, officially licensed Alabama product was sold in over 9,000 unique retailers, and during the last decade, over 60.3 million units of officially licensed Alabama merchandise has been sold by licensees. Most recently, the Crimson Tide set the 48-hour post-national championship win record for NCAA merchandise sales across all sports.

 

Prior to the 2020-21 academic year, Alabama partnered with Socialie, one of the top content distribution platforms, which has been instrumental in providing student-athletes, coaches and staff direct access to photos and videos. For the month of April, Tide student-athletes added nearly 140,000 followers on social accounts connected through Socialie for an overall total of 2,235,124 followers on connected personal accounts combined. In 2020, Alabama athletics social channels generated north of 1.1 billion impressions, while the previous month totaled more than 50 million interactions on the sport Instagram and Facebook accounts alone.

 

Alabama Football’s Deonte Brown, Thomas Fletcher Selected on Day Three of 2021 NFL Draft

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The Crimson Tide produced 10 draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, tying the second-most in program history

 

CLEVELAND – The University of Alabama football program had 10 former players selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, including two on day three, as the annual event concluded Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Offensive lineman Deonte Brown was selected as the 193rd overall pick, while long snapper Thomas Fletcher was selected as the 222nd overall pick, both going in the sixth round to the Carolina Panthers.

 

Brown and Fletcher joined a pair of second-round picks – Landon Dickerson (No. 37 Philadelphia Eagles) and Christian Barmore (No. 38, New England Patriots) – to go with the Tide’s record-setting six first-round picks – Jaylen Waddle (No. 6, Miami Dolphins), Patrick Surtain II (No. 9, Denver Broncos), DeVonta Smith (No. 10, Philadelphia Eagles), Mac Jones (No. 15, New England Patriots), Alex Leatherwood (No. 17, Las Vegas Raiders) and Najee Harris (No. 24, Pittsburgh Steelers) – to complete Alabama’s 2021 NFL Draft class.

 

Draft Notes

  • The Crimson Tide’s 10 selections in the 2021 NFL Draft are tied for the second-most draft picks in a single draft in program history.
    • Alabama has had at least 10 draft picks in a single draft five total times in program history, including four instances under head coach Nick Saban (10 in 1945, 2017, 2019 and 2021 and 12 in 2018)
    • The Crimson Tide has had at least nine draft picks in a single draft for five straight years, including this year, with the streak starting in 2017.
    • UA’s 10 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft is one more than the program notched in 2020
  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban has produced 106 draft picks since 2009.
  • The Crimson Tide’s 10 draft picks span seven different positions (three guards, two wide receivers, one cornerback, one quarterback, one running back, one defensive tackle and one long snapper).
  • Thomas Fletcher was the first long snapper to be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
  • Deonte Brown and Thomas Fletcher became the fifth and sixth picks in the 2021 NFL Draft from Alabama’s Class of 2017, behind DeVonta Smith (No. 10, Philadelphia Eagles), Mac Jones (No. 15, New England Patriots), Alex Leatherwood (No. 17, Las Vegas Raiders) and Najee Harris (No. 24, Pittsburgh Steelers).
  • Alabama tied Miami for most first-round draft picks in a single year with six selections on Thursday, April 29.

 

Players who were not selected in this season’s draft are now eligible to sign free agent contracts. The 2021-22 NFL schedule will be released on May 12 at 7 p.m. CT.

 

Alabama Draft Recap

Player Pick Team
Jaylen Waddle 6 Miami Dolphins
Patrick Surtain II 9 Denver Broncos
DeVonta Smith 10 Philadelphia Eagles
Mac Jones 15 New England Patriots
Alex Leatherwood 17 Las Vegas Raiders
Najee Harris 24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Landon Dickerson 37 Philadelphia Eagles
Christian Barmore 38 New England Patriots
Deonte Brown 193 Carolina Panthers
Thomas Fletcher 222 Carolina Panthers

 

Deonte Brown, Offensive Lineman (No. 193 | Carolina Panthers)

The Crimson Tide’s starting left guard in 2020, Brown anchored an Alabama offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award at season’s end. The Tide unit blocked for the top scoring offense (48.5 ppg) and pass efficiency offense (198.9) in the Power 5 last season. Through 459 dropbacks, UA’s front surrendered just 11 sacks while quarterback Mac Jones was on the field (.85 sacks per game) to rank eighth in the nation and had just 19 sacks on the season overall (1.46 sacks per game). Brown played a key role on an interior line that opened holes for UA’s running backs to average 5.0 yards per carry and record 78 runs of 10 or more yards, while UA scored 37 rushing touchdowns to lead the nation. Brown was named to the 2020 All-SEC First Team after contributing 843 snaps with only two missed assignments. He closed out his career having played in 48 games with 26 starts.

 

Thomas Fletcher, Long Snapper (No.  222 | Carolina Panthers)

Fletcher started every game during his Alabama tenure and was perfect on all snapping duties through his four seasons at the Capstone. He was rewarded with the 2020 Patrick Mannelly Award, presented annually to the nation’s top long snapper, while also picking up first team All-America honors from Rubio Long Snapping.

Alabama Football’s Dickerson, Barmore Selected on Day Two of 2021 NFL Draft

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Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore (58)
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The Crimson Tide’s eight draft picks through the first two rounds is a new program record

 

CLEVELAND – Night two of the 2021 NFL Draft saw two former Alabama football players selected in back-to-back picks of the second round.

 

Offensive lineman Landon Dickerson was the first Crimson Tide player off the board on night two of the draft (No. 37, Philadelphia Eagles), while defensive lineman Christian Barmore was selected with the next pick (No. 38, New England Patriots).

 

Dickerson and Barmore joined the Tide’s six record-setting first-round picks – Jaylen Waddle (No. 6, Miami Dolphins), Patrick Surtain II (No. 9, Denver Broncos), DeVonta Smith (No. 10, Philadelphia Eagles), Mac Jones (No. 15, New England Patriots), Alex Leatherwood (No. 17, Las Vegas Raiders) and Najee Harris (No. 24, Pittsburgh Steelers) – to make up Alabama’s 2021 NFL Draft class through two nights.

 

Draft Notes

  • A total of 21 percent of the first 38 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft were former Crimson Tide players.
  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban has produced 104 draft picks since 2009.
  • Alabama’s eight draft picks through the first two rounds is one more than the Tide’s entire 2020 Draft class.
    • The eight selections set the record for the most first- and second-round draft picks in a single draft in program history.
    • The eight selections set the record for the most first- and second-round draft picks in a single draft by any one school in the Common Draft Era (since 1967).
  • The Crimson Tide has increased or tied their number of first- and second-round draft picks in a single draft each of the last four years (four in 2018, four in 2019, seven in 2020 and eight in 2021).
  • Two franchises selected back-to-back Crimson Tide players as their first- and second-round draft picks.
    • The Philadelphia Eagles selected DeVonta Smith in the first round and Landon Dickerson in the second round, while the New England Patriots selected Mac Jones in the first round and Christian Barmore in the second round.
    • The Eagles didn’t draft a single Alabama player from 2003-20 but have drafted two Alabama players through the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.
    • With the Patriots’ selection of Barmore, it became the 12th time Bill Belichick drafted a player that played under Nick Saban in college, extending the record for the most players taken by a pro-college coach combo in the Common Draft Era.
    • The New England Patriots have drafted back-to-back players from the same school six times since 2000 (2002, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021), but the 2021 NFL Draft marked the first time the franchise has selected back-to-back UA players.
  • Barmore became the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft from Alabama’s Class of 2018, behind Jaylen Waddle (No. 6, Miami Dolphins) and Patrick Surtain II (No. 9, Denver Broncos).
  • Alabama tied Miami for most first-round draft picks in a single year with six selections on Thursday, April 29.

 

The 2021 NFL Draft will conclude with the final four rounds on Saturday, May 1 at 11 a.m. CT. Fans can tune in on ABC, NFL Network, ESPN and ESPN Deportes or on the NFL Mobile app and the ESPN app.

 

Alabama Draft Recap

Player Pick Team
Jaylen Waddle 6 Miami Dolphins
Patrick Surtain II 9 Denver Broncos
DeVonta Smith 10 Philadelphia Eagles
Mac Jones 15 New England Patriots
Alex Leatherwood 17 Las Vegas Raiders
Najee Harris 24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Landon Dickerson 37 Philadelphia Eagles
Christian Barmore 38 New England Patriots

 

Landon Dickerson, Offensive Lineman (No. 37 | Philadelphia Eagles)

A versatile offensive lineman, Dickerson made 24 starts at Alabama, including 20 at center. He spent his second straight season as the Crimson Tide’s starting center last fall, dominating the interior and leading UA to the best scoring offense (48.5 ppg) and pass efficiency offense (198.9) in the Power 5. He was named one of Alabama’s permanent team captains in 2020 and touted as the nation’s top center after being selected as the winner of the 2020 Rimington Trophy. Dickerson was named a co-recipient for the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, joining teammate Alex Leatherwood, and was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy, which was awarded to Leatherwood. The unanimous first team All-America selection owned the best blocking center grade in the country (92.8) and the second-best overall offensive grade in the nation (91.5), according to Pro Football Focus. He averaged a 91.3 blocking grade from the Alabama coaches and finished at 99.6 on all assignments in his final season. Dickerson’s standout efforts helped UA’s offensive line take home the 2020 Joe Moore Award.

 

Christian Barmore, Defensive Lineman (No. 38 | New England Patriots)

A two-year standout along the Tide defensive front, Barmore blew up in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Ohio State, earning Defensive Most Valuable Player honors. In that matchup with the Buckeyes, the Philadelphia, Pa., native finished with five tackles, including two for loss (-8 yards) and one sack (-6 yards). Barmore’s performance in the national championship topped off an already impressive season that saw him finish with 37 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss (-44 yards) and a team-high eight sacks (-42 yards), which ranked as the second-most sacks in the league. The then-redshirt sophomore added six quarterback pressures and forced a team-high three fumbles in his final season in Crimson and White. Barmore ended his Tide career with 24 games played and six starts, totaling 63 tackles, including 15.5 tackles for loss (-70 yards) to go with 10 sacks (-54 yard).

 

University of Alabama Graduates 102 Student-Athletes During Spring Commencement Weekend

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The Crimson Tide’s tally includes NBA and NCAA champions, All-Americans and Academic All-Americans

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – As graduation gets underway at The University of Alabama this weekend, more than 100 Crimson Tide student-athletes are celebrating earning their degrees during the spring semester. Alabama Athletics’ total includes a seven-time NBA champion, an NCAA champion, 16 All-Americans and three Academic All-Americans as well as 30 who earned master’s degrees.

 

Seven-time NBA Champion Robert Horry, who played for the Crimson Tide from 1989-92, is returning to the Capstone after earning his bachelor’s degree this spring. The Andalusia, Ala., native led Alabama men’s basketball to three Southeastern Conference tournament titles and two Sweet 16 finishes in the NCAA Tournament, before going on to win more NBA championship rings than any player not to have played on the 1960s Boston Celtics.

 

Rimington Award winner, All-American and national champion Landon Dickerson earned his MBA this semester, while swimming and diving’s Flora Molnar graduates as an NCAA champion and All-American after helping lead the Tide women to a fifth-place NCAA finish as a senior, matching the best finish in program history.

 

Other All-Americans who earned their degree this semester include D’Jai Baker, Tamara Clark, Robert Dunning, Gilbert Kigen, Vincent Kiprop, Reubin Walters, Natassha McDonald, Demi Washington and Samantha Zelden from track and field/cross country, Jack Blake, Sam DiSette and Tyler Sesvold from swimming and diving along with Bailey Hemphill (softball) and Jorja MacRae (rowing).

 

Crimson Tide CoSIDA Academic All-Americans Hemphill and Krystal Goodman (softball) and Daniel Kober (swimming and diving) also came away with degrees this semester, with Hemphill and Kober earning their master’s.

 

After leading men’s basketball to SEC regular-season and tournament championships and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, John Petty Jr., Alex Reese and Jordan Bruner join December graduate Herbert Jones, who is walking this weekend, in earning their degrees.

 

Gymnasts Alonza Klopfer and Jensie Givens earned their degrees after helping lead the Crimson Tide to its 10th SEC Championship and a fifth-place national finish.

 

The No. 7 pick in the recent WNBA Draft, Jasmine Walker leaves Alabama with a master’s degree, while 2020 SEC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Jordan Lewis earned her MBA.

 

A trio of football standouts from championship teams – Tua Tagovailoa, Shyheim Carter and Bo Scarbrough – are going through commencement ceremonies this weekend after earning their degrees earlier this year, with Carter coming away with a master’s degree.

 

Among those earning graduate degrees, two swimmers, Lydia Jackson and Tori VanBuskirk, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously, through UA’s Accelerate Master’s Program.

 

For a full list of those slated to graduate this semester, click here. Combined with the 30 graduates who earned degrees following the fall semester, the Crimson Tide has seen 132 of its student-athletes take home diplomas during the current academic year, a total that will rise when the summer commencement list is announced in August.

Alabama Lands Six First-Round Picks on the Opening Night of the 2021 NFL Draft

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) pushes away Tennessee defensive back Kenney Solomon (31) during a game between Alabama and Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.

The Crimson Tide ties the NFL record with six players selected in the opening round Thursday

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football had a school-record six players selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday night in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

The six picks – which ties the NFL Draft record for first-round choices in a single year (Miami (Fla.), 2004) – included wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (No. 6, Miami Dolphins), defensive back Patrick Surtain II (No. 9 Denver Broncos), wide receiver DeVonta Smith (No. 10, Philadelphia Eagles), quarterback Mac Jones (No. 15, New England Patriots), offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (No. 17, Las Vegas Raiders) and running back Najee Harris (No. 24, Pittsburgh Steelers).

 

The six first-round select

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Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10)
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ions for the Crimson Tide moves Saban’s career total to 44 first-round picks, including 39 at Alabama. The six first-round selections surpass Saban’s previous best of four first round picks, which came in the 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2020 drafts.

 

Below are the 39 first-round selections for Alabama in the last 13 NFL Drafts:

 

2009 – Andre Smith (No. 6, Cincinnati)

2010 – Rolando McClain (No. 8, Oakland), Kareem Jackson (No. 20, Houston)

2011 – Marcell Dareus (No. 3, Buffalo), Julio Jones (No. 6, Atlanta), James Carpenter (No. 25, Seattle), Mark Ingram (No. 28, New Orleans)

2012 – Trent Richardson (No. 3, Cleveland), Mark Barron (No. 7, Tampa Bay), Dre Kirkpatrick (No. 17, Cincinnati), Dont’a Hightower (No. 25, New England)

2013 – Dee Milliner (No. 9, New York Jets), Chance Warmack (No. 10, Tennessee), D.J. Fluker (No. 11, San Diego)

2014 – C.J. Mosley (No. 17, Baltimore), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (No. 21, Green Bay)

2015 – Amari Cooper (No. 4, Oakland)

2016 – Ryan Kelly (No. 18, Indianapolis)

2017 – Marlon Humphrey (No. 16, Baltimore), Jonathan Allen (No. 17, Washington), O.J. Howard (No. 19, Tampa Bay), Reuben Foster (No. 31, San Francisco)

2018 – Minkah Fitzpatrick (No. 11, Miami), Da’Ron Payne (No. 13, Washington), Rashaan Evans (No. 22, Tennessee), Calvin Ridley (No. 26, Atlanta)

2019 – Quinnen Williams (No. 3, New York Jets), Jonah Williams (No. 11, Cincinnati), Josh Jacobs (Oakland, No. 24)

2020 – Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5, Miami Dolphins), Jedrick Wills Jr. (No.10 Cleveland Browns), Henry Ruggs III (No. 12, Las Vegas Raiders), Jerry Jeudy (No. 15, Denver Broncos)

2021 – Jaylen Waddle (No. 6, Miami Dolphins), Patrick Surtain II, (No.9 Denver Broncos), DeVonta Smith (No. 10, Philadelphia Eagles), Mac Jones, (No. 15, New England Patriots), Alex Leatherwood, (No. 17, Las Vegas Raiders), Najee Harris, (No. 24, Pittsburgh Steelers)

 

Draft Notes

  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban passed Joe Paterno for the most first round draft picks from a single school with a total of 39 during his time in Tuscaloosa. Paterno and Saban were tied for the all-time lead at 33 apiece entering this evening’s draft.
  • Saban has produced a total of 44 first-rounders for his career, the most by any one coach in NCAA history. That number is 11 more than Paterno, who had 33 first-rounders.
  • Alabama has totaled 41 first-round selections since 2000. That total is nine better than Ohio State’s and Miami’s 32, who trail in second. LSU sits in third with 31 with Florida, Georgia and USC tied at 25 to round out the top five.
  • Alabama is the first school to have four wide receivers drafted in the first round in a two-year span. (2020 – Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy; 2021 – DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle)
  • Only four other programs have ever had two wideouts taken in the first round in the same year. They include Florida (1997 – Ike Hilliard, Reidel Anthony), LSU (2007 – Dwayne Bowe, Craig Davis), Miami (2001 – Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne) and Ohio State (2007 – Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzalez). Alabama has now accomplished that feat twice in consecutive years.
  • With the New England Patriots’ selection of Mac Jones at No. 15 overall, Alabama joins Oklahoma as the only school to have quarterbacks selected in the first round in back-to-back years. (Tua Tagovailoa in 2020 and Mac Jones in 2021)
  • Alabama tied Miami for most first round draft picks in a single year with six.
  • With Alabama’s six selections in this evening’s first round, the Crimson Tide had produced multiple first-round picks in 10 of the last 13 NFL Drafts with single first-round selections in 2009, 2015 and 2016.

 

The second and third rounds will continue on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. CT and can be seen on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. The 2021 Draft will wrap up with rounds 4-7 on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. CT and can be seen on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network.

 

Alabama First Round Recap

Player Pick Team
Jaylen Waddle 6 Miami Dolphins
Patrick Surtain II 9 Denver Broncos
DeVonta Smith 10 Philadelphia Eagles
Mac Jones 15 New England Patriots
Alex Leatherwood 17 Las Vegas Raiders
Najee Harris 24 Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Jaylen Waddle, Wide Receiver (No. 6 | Miami Dolphins)

A big-play threat all three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Waddle leaves the Capstone owning three of the top-five longest scoring receptions in program history while averaging 18.9 yards per catch during his tenure to rank second on Alabama’s career list (minimum 100 catches). He finished with 106 receptions for 1,999 yads and 17 touchdowns while adding four rushing attempts for 17 yards. He also sits atop the Crimson Tide’s career list for punt return average at 19.3 yards per return, which is an impressive six yards better than second place on the list. During his abbreviated junior season, Waddle converted a first down or a scored on 22 of his 28 catches, while combining for 655 all-purpose yards (109.2 avg/g). He also averaged 21.1 yards per catch, racking up 591 yards receiving on 28 catches. Before his injury midseason at Tennessee, Waddle eclipsed the 100-yard receiving marker in each of the Tide’s first four games. He returned to the field for a gritty performance in the CFP National Championship Game, catching three passes for 34 yards and converting two key first downs in the game.

Patrick Surtain II, Defensive Back (No. 9 | Denver Broncos)

The 2020 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Surtain II played in all 41 games during his time at Alabama, earning 38 straight starts. In his junior season, he allowed just 25 yards receiving or fewer in 10 of his 13 games and was targeted a combined 48 times all season, allowing only 21 completions for 273 total yards. He broke up a team-high 12 passes and totaled 38 tackles, including 3.5 for loss (-11 yards), and added two quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery and a pick-six from 25 yards out on his way to earning All-SEC First Team recognition. In the Rose Bowl, Surtain II made three tackles, including half a stop for loss (-2 yard) while breaking up one pass en route to being named the 2020 Rose Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player. He rounded out his college career with unanimous first team All-America honors after nods from the AFCA, AP, FWAA, The Sporting News and Walter Camp, while he was named a finalist for the Bednarik and Thorpe Awards and the Lott and Nagurski Trophies.

 

DeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver (No. 10 | Philadelphia Eagles)

Perhaps the most decorated player in Alabama history, Smith broke numerous program and SEC records to rake in a host of awards – Heisman Trophy, Biletnikoff Award, Paul Hornung Award, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, five national player of the year and unanimous first team All-America honors. Smith is the only receiver in SEC history to record multiple career games with four or more receiving touchdowns, while also holding the league record in career receiving touchdowns (46) and career receiving yards (3,965). Smith recorded five 200-plus yard receiving performances in his four seasons, the most in UA history, and added 14 100-plus yard receiving performances, tying Amari Cooper (2012-14) for the program lead. Last season, he led the nation in receptions (117), receiving touchdowns (23) and receiving yards (1,856), while ranking second in Division I in receptions per game (9.0) and receiving yards per game (142.8). Smith converted 85 of his receptions into a first down or a touchdown and added 11 punt returns for 237 yards and one touchdown to his memorable season. He wrapped up his playing time at UA as a two-time team captain and played in 54 games with 34 starts, totaling nearly 4,000 receiving yards to go with 46 touchdown catches.

 

Mac Jones, Quarterback (No. 15 | New England Patriots)

After waiting his turn for three seasons, Jones took over the starting quarterback role in 2020 and produced one of the most prolific passing seasons in NCAA history. He completed an NCAA single-season record 77.4 percent (311-402) of his passes and accumulated 4,500 passing yards to set the UA single-season mark while leading all Division I quarterbacks in that category. Jones finished his redshirt junior season with a 201.1 passer rating and a 96.1 QBR to lead all Division I passers as he guided the Crimson Tide to an NCAA-best 18th national championship. His standout season was capped off by winning the Davey O’Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Manning awards while also picking up consensus first team All-America accolades. Jones was also selected as one of four Heisman Trophy finalists, earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition and was named an All-SEC First Team honoree in 2020.

 

Alex Leatherwood, Offensive Lineman (No. 17 | Las Vegas Raiders)

Leatherwood returned to the Capstone for his senior season, rounding out his career with 48 total games and 41 straight starts. Pegged as a unanimous first team All-America selection, Leatherwood helped the offensive line capture the 2020 Joe Moore Award from his left tackle spot and took home the Outland Trophy for himself. He averaged an overall blocking grade of 91.5 and graded out at 99.7 on all assignments, according to the Alabama coaching staff. Through 459 drop backs, the Crimson Tide’s offensive front surrendered just 11 sacks while quarterback Mac Jones was on the field (.85 sacks per game) to rank eighth in the nation and had just 19 sacks on the season overall (1.46 sacks per game). The 2020 All-SEC First Team choice played 832 snaps last fall, allowing just two sacks, missing three assignments and committing five penalties. He also surrendered just three quarterback hurries and four pressures on his way to being named as the co-recipient of the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, joining Landon Dickerson as the winners.

 

Najee Harris, Running Back (No. 24 | Pittsburgh Steelers)

Harris rewrote the Alabama record books in 2020 after turning in one of the most impressive seasons in program history. He broke the Crimson Tide records for total touchdowns (57), rushing touchdowns (46) and rushing yards (3,843) and accumulated 4,624 all-purpose yards to rank second all-time in program history. In 2020, Harris led the nation in total touchdowns (30), rushing touchdowns (26) and scoring (180), while pacing the SEC and finishing third in Division I in rushing yards (1,466). Harris added 43 receptions – 425 yards and four touchdowns – to his senior totals on his way to being named the Doak Walker Award recipient. Harris was also tabbed as a unanimous first team All-American along with earning All-SEC First Team and SEC Community Service Team honors. He played in 55 career games with 25 starts, all of which came during his junior and senior seasons at UA.

Coach Nick Saban A-Day Post Game Quotes

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Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban

Opening statement:

“We had a very productive spring. I think now is the time, in the locker room after the A-Day game, look it’s time for us to come together and become a team. No offense, no defense, no crimson, no white. Everybody has got to create winning habits. You don’t want to introduce any habits in your life that aren’t going to be productive for you. Your behavior is a habit, and we want our guys to have winning habits. This is the time of the year, there are hard times in football. Fall camp, offseason program, spring practice and then there is time where you got to finish school. You’re going to workout in a little lighter pace over May, get some time to recover, rehab, get some guys healthy. Then when we come back and start summer school, then we are sort of grinding again. I think the individuals on the team make a decision of what their habits are going to be, have winning habits or losing habits. Buy into what you need to do to be a team, play like we need you to play, with effort, toughness, discipline to do your job. I think that’s the time. The game today, obviously we had a significant number of starters, significant number of players, who were out today for medical reasons. I don’t think you can get a total assessment on those guys who didn’t play, but it was a great opportunity for some of the guys who got to play a lot more today than if everybody had been able to play in the game. For the most part, we didn’t have any issues all spring long, so we made a lot of progress. I’m not satisfied with where we are, we have a lot of work to do as a team but certainly looking forward to taking every opportunity that we have to improve our team and continue to improve our players. It was a fun game. We made a lot of mistakes, drop balls, turnovers, had a couple explosive plays called back because of pre-snap penalties, illegal formation, covering up people. These are all things that can get fixed, but there was a lot of good things out there as well.”

 

On almost getting knocked down during an interception return:

The players know that if they run into me it is very similar to running into the goal post, so it is not a good choice and decision for them so they usually avoid me. I wear a jacket like this, so they can really see where I am for their safety, not really for mine. They all avoided. It shows athleticism on their part. It also showed their respect for player safety by not running into me.”

 

On Agiye Hall’s performance today and this spring:

“I think that he is a young player, he is getting better every day. I think that he has a lot of ability. I think that he is not 100 percent sure sometimes of what he is doing. So to get him to play fast all the time is something that he wants to do and naturally does, but like any player most of the time when they are not sure of what they are doing, they aren’t playing fast. He has made significant improvement throughout the spring, and he is someone that we think has a lot of potential. He makes a lot of contested catches. He’s got great size. He’s got really some explosive speed that I think we need. We need some guys to compliment John Metchie when he gets back. We are pleased with his progress. He had a really good spring.”

White Beats Crimson,13-10 in Golden Flake A-Day Game

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Alabama running back Roydell Williams (23)
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Thanks to a fourth-quarter field goal by Will Reichard, the White Team edged the Crimson Team, 13-10, in the 2021 Golden Flake A-Day Football Game inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. A total of 47,218 fans were in attendance for the Crimson Tide’s final spring session of the season.

 

Quarterback Bryce Young won the Dixie Howell Memorial Award (MVP of the A-Day Game), while defensive lineman Jah-Marien Latham earned the Dwight Stephenson Award (Most Valuable Lineman of the A-Day Game).

 

On offense, Young went 25-for-44 for 333 yards and a touchdown, which went to Cameron Latu for 59 yards. Traeshon Holden was the leading receiver, finishing with nine catches for 89 yards.

 

DeMarcco Hellams led the defense with 12 tackles, one forced fumble and a pass breakup, while Jaylen Moody recovered a fumble and scored for the Crimson Team. Both Ga’Quincy McKinstry and Kristian Story recorded interceptions for the White Team.

4/17/21 MFB Golden Flake A-Day Game
Alabama quarter back Paul Tyson (17)
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How It Happened

FIRST QUARTER

  • 10:16 – White | Will Reichard kicks a 22-yard field goal to open the day’s scoring as the White Team takes an early 3-0 lead.

 

SECOND QUARTER

  • 10:26 – White | Bryce Young finds Cameron Latu in the middle of the field for a 59-yard touchdown pass. Will Reichard follows with the extra point.
  • 0:53 – Crimson | Chris Braswell causes a fumble inside the 15. Jaylen Moody recovers the ball and returns it one yard for a touchdown. Chase Allen kicks the extra point.

 

THIRD QUARTER

  • 7:47 – Crimson | Chase Allen kicks a 48-yard field goal to even the score at 10-10 after a 12-play, 40-yard drive.

 

FOURTH QUARTER

  • 1:27 – White | After an 11-play, 58-yard drive, Will Reichard clears a 19-yard field goal to move the White Team ahead 13-10.

Alabama Football Begins Final Week of Spring Practice

3/27/21 MFB Practice Alabama linebacker Christian Harris (8) Photo by Robert Sutton 3/27/21 MFB Practice Alabama linebacker Christian Harris (8) Photo by Robert Sutton

The Crimson Tide worked outside for two hours in pads on Tuesday afternoon

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team returned to the practice field on Tuesday in pads for a two-hour practice on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

Tuesday’s practice marked the 13th of 14 spring practice sessions that pave the way for the annual Golden Flake A-Day Game on Saturday, April 17 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day matchup is scheduled for a 12 p.m. kickoff and will air live on ESPN.

 

General admission public tickets for A-Day are $5 and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Ticket/TIDE PRIDE office at 205-348-2262 or by visiting RollTide.com.

 

Stadium capacity has been set at 50 percent for the A-Day Game with gates opening at 10 a.m. CT. Facial coverings are required for entry into the stadium and are to be worn at all times except when eating or drinking.

The Tide will return to the practice fields, April 15, at 3:30 p.m. for its final practice of the spring.

National Championship Team to Be Honored Following A-Day

1/5/21 MFB Heisman Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban Photo by Kent Gidley

A-Day to kick off at noon on ESPN; capacity set at 50 percent with tickets on sale for $5

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama’s 2020 College Football Playoff national championship team will be honored at the conclusion of the 2021 Golden Flake A-Day Game that is scheduled for a noon kick on Saturday, April 17, at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

 

As soon as the game concludes, which is estimated to be around 2 p.m. CT, the 2020 CFP and SEC Champions will be honored at midfield. Head coach Nick Saban and quarterback Mac Jones will address the crowd and the 2020 national championship flag will be raised in the stadium.

 

During the game, both the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award will recognize their 2020 winner, DeVonta Smith. The Maxwell Award presentation is scheduled for the first quarter break while the University’s copy of the Heisman Trophy will be presented to Smith at halftime.

 

There will be 10,000 Alabama football posters for the A-Day Game with 5,000 available when the gates open and another 5,000 national championship celebration posters ready for fans as they exit after the conclusion of the celebration.

 

General admission public tickets are being offered at $5 and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Ticket/TIDE PRIDE office at 205-348-2262 or by visiting RollTide.com.

 

Stadium capacity has been set at 50 percent for the A-Day Game with gates opening at 10 a.m. CT. Facial coverings are required for entry into the stadium and are to be worn at all times except when eating or drinking.

 

It will be the program’s 14th A-Day Game under the direction of seven-time national championship coach Nick Saban, who begins his 15th season at the helm of the Crimson Tide program. ESPN will televise the game with Kirk Herbstreit and Joey Galloway providing analysis from the field, Joe Tessitore calling the action in the booth and Lauren Sisler reporting from the sidelines.

 

One of the great traditions at The University of Alabama, which is always open to the public, is the annual Walk of Fame Ceremony at Denny Chimes. At approximately 10:15 a.m. on A-Day, Coach Saban along with 2019 and 2020 captains (Tua Tagovailoa, DeVonta Smith, Anfernee Jennings, Xavier McKinney, Mac Jones, Alex Leatherwood and Landon Dickerson) will address the crowd. The captains will then leave prints of their hands and cleats in the concrete as they join a long list of Crimson Tide greats.

 

The team will then hold its Walk of Champions, scheduled for 10:50 a.m., when it arrives at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Following the A-Day Game and national championship recognition, Coach Saban will present the spring awards to the team at midfield to wrap things up.

 

The Alabama baseball team takes on Auburn at 4 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium to wrap up the three-game series that begins on Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. CT. A limited number of single-game tickets will go on sale Wednesday. The Crimson Tide softball team hosts Florida at Rhoads Stadium beginning Friday, April 16 at 6 p.m. CT with a 1 p.m. CT contest on Saturday and the series finale at 1 p.m. CT Sunday.

 

On campus public parking is free for A-Day with lots opening at 8 a.m. Saturday. There will be no Crimson Ride shuttles running on A-Day. For more parking, traffic and A-Day information go to UAGameday.com. Alabama’s clear bag policy (PDF) remains in effect during for 2021 A-Day Game.

 

Golden Flake A-Day Tickets on Sale Saturday

8/17/20 MFB Practice Detail Photo by Kent Gidley

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Tickets for the 2021 Golden Flake A-Day Spring Football Game will go on sale Saturday, April 10, at 8 a.m. CDT. The annual A-Day game, the 15th and final practice of the spring season for Alabama football, is set for Saturday, April 17, at noon in Bryant-Denny Stadium. It will also air live on ESPN.

 

General public tickets are being offered at $5 each. Stadium capacity is set at 50% for the spring game.

 

Facial coverings are required for entry into the stadium and to be worn at all times except when eating or drinking.

 

For any questions, please contact the Athletic Ticket/TIDE PRIDE Office at 205-348-2262, or ticketoffice@ia.ua.edu.