BLOG: The Crimson Cover Grapevine

August 28, 2016

A quick look at how some of the hottest competitions in Alabama's fall camp turned out:

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The prediction here -- and it's only a prediction, based on discussions with practice observers privy to watching scrimmages in full -- is that Nick Saban will play two qu...

May 7, 2016

While Alabama's seven selections in the 2016 NFL Draft were the third-most of any school in the country, things were decidedly quiet in the green room for three Alabama defenders who were expected to be first-round selections: LB Reggie Ragland, DL Jarran Reed and DL A...

November 27, 2015

 Predicting an Iron Bowl blowout is bold but unwise.

Too many Iron Bowl underdogs, particularly at home, have put up a fourth-quarter fight in college football's greatest rivalry (anyone remember 2009?) to assume Alabama will win Saturday in a romp.

But here's what we do...

November 16, 2015

While Alabama handily beat Mississippi State 31-6 Saturday, the news wasn't all good for the Crimson Tide as RB Kenyan Drake injured his arm and is expected to be out for three weeks.
 His absence will be felt, if not this week against Charleston Southern, then in the...

November 5, 2015

Hopes for a national championship for both Alabama and LSU rest on Saturday's game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Here are three individual battles to watch that will be key to the outcome:

 

1) LSU RB Leonard Fournette vs. Alabama LB Reggie Ragland

The Heisman Trophy frontrunn...

October 26, 2015

Seven thoughts on Alabama's 19-14 win over rival Tennessee:

 

1) Derrick Henry is a better back today than he was at the beginning of the season, and for now at least, doesn't show the wear and tear that two-thirds of a regular season normally brings. His vision, especia...

October 15, 2015

Three key individual matchups to watch Saturday as Alabama looks to stay alive in the SEC West race in College Station, Texas:

 

1) Alabama OT Cam Robinson vs. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett

The Crimson Tide's prized pass protector has played through some injuries this season...

September 25, 2015

OK, so Jake Coker didn't exactly take the Alabama starting quarterback job.

Three weeks into the season, with the Crimson Tide at a startling 0-1 in SEC play, it's time to give it to him.

For better or worse, and through whatever mistakes might come of it, the time has c...

September 17, 2015

Three individual matchups that will help decide the outcome between Ole Miss and Alabama:

 

                         photo credit: AP/Oxford Eagle

 

Ole Miss...

September 10, 2015

Five Alabama players who need to solidify their starting roles against Middle Tennessee State:

 

1) Jacob Coker

The Crimson Tide's signal caller had an impressive starting debut for Alabama against Wisconsin, connecting for some big chunks of yardage while keeping his nig...

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