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Offseason Stays Extremely Busy For Alabama

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Although Alabama’s first season game doesn’t start until September 1 in Orlando against Louisville, and the A-Day game in around April, a lot of transactions so to speak have been made as far as more recapping of the national title game and who will be sticking around for one more season. You might as well say this is their way of cleaning things up when you close down for the season, which leads in mind to Billy Joel’s “Famous Last Words” if you take a listen. But here is what’s been going on in Alabama’s early offseason.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Harrison and Bo Scarbrough have felt they have fulfilled their national title goal and have declared for the NFL Draft. Harrison was tied for the most total tackles on the team with 74, and had the most solo with 43 including three interceptions. Harrison played in every game in his three years at Alabama which is 52 games. Defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne has also declared on Wednesday along with wide receiver Calvin Ridley which so far to my knowledge makes five total.

Fitzpatrick was fourth on the team in total tackles with 60 with seven passes defended, 24 total in three seasons , eight tackles for loss and has along with nine interceptions. He played in the national title game with a kidney injury. Scarbrough was third on the team in rushing with 596 yards and eight touchdowns, with Jalen Hurts second. Although he was never a 1,000 yard rusher, he had a lot of power to gain some extra yardage when needed and never stopped.

Speaking of Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa came to the defense of his starter after he received criticism of his perfomance on Monday. Hurts was unable to produce completing only three passes for 21 yards which prompted Saban to pull him. Tagovailoa made up for it throwing for 166 yards and three touchdowns including the game winner in overtime. Most likely, there will be a quarterback competition if not a controversy in the spring, but even if Tua wins the job, Hurts would seem okay with it.

It was also revealed that defensive line coach Karl Dunbar had his playbook and his passport stolen just two days before the game and running back Josh Jacobs had been playing with a broken ankle throughout the entire season. Jacobs played in 11 games and rushed for only 284 yards and a touchdown along with 168 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He averaged better receiving with 12 yards per catch compared to 6.2 yards per carry. After ankle surgury, Jacobs will most likely be number three on the depth chart.

Defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs will return for his senior year as he was seventh in total tackles with 51 and has reportedly added former Texas A&M tight ends and special teams coach Jeff Banks to the staff. He served as interim head coach for the Belk Bowl after Kevin Sumlin was fired losing a heartbreaker to Wake Forest. Banks is said to be mainly work on special teams for Alabama and could help bring in bigger recruits. He was responsible for landing Kyle Allen and Christian Kirk at College Station.

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