Three years ago, three Alabama high school quarterbacks signed with SEC programs. Last year, three more Alabama high school quarterbacks signed with Power 5 teams. This year, five quarterbacks have already committed to SEC programs -- Thompson's Taulia Tagovailoa and Hewitt-Trussville's Paul Tyson to Alabama, Pinson Valley's Bo Nix to Auburn, James Clemens' Jamil Muhammad to Vanderbilt and Central-Phenix City's Peter Parrish to LSU. McGill-Toolen's Sheldon Layman has committed to Memphis. Alabama long ago earned a reputation for producing plenty of college signees, but quarterback hasn't always been the state's top crop. "The value of a dynamic quarterback is as high as it's ever been," said 247sports recruiting analyst John Garcia. "Coaches want that." From Alabama to all over college football But why has Alabama suddenly begun producing so many quarterbacks? High school coaches and recruiting analysts … [Read more...] about Why has Alabama suddenly become a QB recruiting hotbed?
For the first time in forever, No. 12 LSU has a legit quarterback. Joe Burrow's stats aren't highlight reel stuff but his arm is the real thing and he seems to know when to throw 'em, when to play for another down. He's brainy and savvy, as you would expect from a coach's kid, and it doesn't hurt that he's 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. What he doesn't have is a healthy offensive line and running back Nick Brossette, a feel-good story against Miami and Southeastern Louisiana in the first two games, isn't to be confused with Derrius Guice or Darrel Williams or Leonard Fournette. And if you can name an LSU receiver, you must be using google. LSU's offense is in trouble in the teams' SEC opener Saturday afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Against No. 7 Auburn's defense, we'll just have to see whether Burrow has time to throw and Brossette is really the answer to LSU's running game. There hasn't been a lot made of it this week, but Auburn's players and coaches have … [Read more...] about Auburn won’t forget LSU collapse; Alabama contains Rebel scoring machine
Numbers-wise, things look pretty ugly for South Alabama after its first two games of the 2018 football season. The Jaguars are 0-2, with a close loss to Louisiana Tech followed by a blowout defeat at Oklahoma State. USA ranks last in the Sun Belt Conference in total offense and total defense, and is among the most-penalized teams in the country. South Alabama hosts Texas State (1-1) in its Sun Belt opener at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, and the Jaguars are ready to turn the page. "I told our guys during camp and it's held true through the first two games, we do enough good things to have a really good football team; what we need to do is eliminate the negative things," head coach Steve Campbell said. "There are going to be enough great opportunities for us [in a game], we just have to capitalize on those and eliminate the negatives." South Alabama trailed Oklahoma State just 14-7 after one quarter last Saturday, but things snowballed in a hurry in the final three periods. … [Read more...] about South Alabama looking to ‘eliminate the negative’ in Sun Belt opener vs. Texas State
David Brandt, Ap Sports Writer Published 7:02 am CDT, Friday, September 14, 2018 Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas State, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas State, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Photo: Butch Dill, AP Alabama head coach Nick Saban instructs his players from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas State, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 57-7. less Alabama head coach Nick Saban instructs his players from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas State, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won ... more … [Read more...] about No. 1 Alabama looks to contain talented Ole Miss offense