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1 day ago · Check out Alabama Football Running Back College and NFL Stats. Mark Ingram; (Alabama) 2008-2010 – 3,261 rushing yards, 670 receiving …

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From a quick glance at transfer portal numbers, Alabama football looks like it experienced a mass exodus with significant loss. The Crimson Tide has had 26 players enter the transfer portal in the ...

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    The Tigers had an undefeated season, Heisman Trophy winner, SEC Championship, and impressive wins in their CFB Playoff semi-final and National Championship games. After these impressive feats, many considered the Tigers to be the greatest college football team ever… that is until 2020 rolled around.
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2 days ago · After landing a pair of transfer wide receivers this offseason, Alabama appears to be in contention for college football’s top pass catcher. According to …

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Alabama has been in constant contact with the 6-foot-3, 226-pounder, and he created a tidal wave of attention when he recently scored off the charts at an Elite 11 event. Elite 11 Las Vegas ...

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2 days ago · Former Alabama football receiver Jerry Jeudy was arrested Thursday and charged with second degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer, a misdemeanor, the Arapahoe Sheriff's Office ...

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The Alabama football backfield might look a bit thin this spring, in part due to injuries, but one can set a watch to its effectiveness this fall. HOME. MAIL. NEWS. FINANCE. SPORTS. ENTERTAINMENT.

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    Domani Jackson, 2022's No. 2 CB and No. 7 overall player, commits to the Trojans (On3 Recruits)

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    No. 1 recruit out of Pennsylvania, Enai White commits to the Aggies had offers from Alabama, UGA, and others

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1 hour ago · Alabama spring game 2022: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, start time, date, storylines to watch The Crimson Tide are early favorites to enter 2022 as preseason No. 1

Despite losing to Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship, Alabama enters the 2022 season as early co-favorites to win it all. However, there are a few major questions left to be resolved in spring practice that should be on display in the A-Day spring game on Saturday. 

For the first time of the Nick Saban era, Alabama returns the top offensive player and defensive player in college football as Heisman-winner Bryce Young and SEC Defensive Player of the Year Will Anderson give the Tide an unmatched floor. However, the they have work to do to surround those two playmakers with championship-level production. 

Here is what you need to know about Alabama's spring game on Saturday. 

How to watch 2022 Alabama spring game live

Date: Saturday, April 16 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Bryant Denny Stadium -- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TV: SEC Network  | Live stream: ESPN

2022 Alabama spring game: Need to know

1. Integrating transfers: Alabama hasn't used the transfer portal much over the years, but Saban never turns down a competitive advantage. The Crimson Tide got three transfers on campus in time for spring ball; all three rank as four-star prospects and among the top 10 transfers in the nation, per 247Sports.

Running back Jahmyr Gibbs rushed for more than 1,200 yards in two seasons at Georgia Tech and should pair with Jase McClellan to form the new backfield. Cornerback Eli Ricks posted four interceptions and five passes defended as a freshman at LSU and should rediscover his form for the Crimson Tide as a junior next to Kool-Aid McKinstry. Alabama also added Vanderbilt tackle Tyler Steen to compete for Evan Neal's open job, but Steen will not arrive until the summer. 

2.Wide receiver depth: Georgia transfer wide receiver Jermaine Burton might be the most important of the group, however. Burton led all Bulldogs wide receivers in receiving yards and should quickly slide into the receiver-friendly offense next to Young. Sophomore Ja'Corey Brooks had a solid CFP with 10 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in two games. Outside of those two players, the battle for playing time at wide receiver is wide open. 

Crimson Tide fans got an early look at the future of wide receivers when Jameson Williams and John Metchie III both got injured during the postseason. Early returns were not encouraging as Alabama had more interceptions (two) than touchdowns (one) in the final half of the national championship game. 

3. Backup QB battle: Heisman winner Young is a sure thing to start at quarterback, but the fight for backup snaps should be fierce after Paul Tyson -- great grandson of Bear Bryant -- transferred to Arizona State. 

Redshirt Jalen Milroe earned snaps as a third-string player, completing 3 of 7 passes for 41 yards and a 24-yard touchdown pass against Southern Miss. However, early-enrollee Ty Simpson is a consensus five-star recruit and an elite recruiting talent. 

Young threw 547 passes in 2021, so there's little reason for him to exert himself during the spring game. Instead, expect Saban to get his young quarterbacks extra work -- and give a preview of the future. 

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2 days ago · Stacey Blackwood. April 21, 2022 6:30 am CT. Good Thursday morning, ‘Bama fans. Welcome back to another edition of Alabama Morning Drive where each weekday morning we try to bring you the latest news and notes involving the Alabama Crimson Tide! Today we are going to take a peek at the transfer portal and how it relates to Alabama.

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Alabama football's 2022 schedule is loaded with potential pitfalls for a team expected to be favored in every game ahead of the postseason. But before that, will Nick Saban's team cruise through its 12-game slate? Or could things turn upside down? 

Alabama brings back arguably the two-best players in college football who has only lost two or more games during the regular season once in the past decade.

Unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, Alabama does not have one of the nation's most favorable schedules for contenders. By SEC standards, this group has to battle through several challenging road games, matchups that could potentially keep this title hopeful out of Atlanta.

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That's enough beating around the bush. Let's dive into Alabama's 2022 schedule and determine the seven games that define the season for the defending SEC champions.

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Lots of points. That's always the case when these two teams meet on the gridiron, a matchup Alabama hasn't lost since the 2015 season. The Rebels' best shot at knocking Saban off his perch atop the SEC West may have come last year in Tuscaloosa when Matt Corral came into that one with Heisman buzz before Alabama's defense played one of its more complete games, especially inside the red zone. Traveling to Oxford hasn't been an issue in recent years for the Crimson Tide, who have scored 63, 62 and 48 points over their last three trips to Ole Miss.

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Here's a rare true road game against a non-conference opponent, which should be ranked inside of the top 25. Yes, Texas comes off a five-win season, but Alabama will not face too many offenses this season with as much explosive firepower as the Longhorns. Bijan Robinson is a guaranteed Doak Walker nominee in the backfield for the Longhorns and Xavier Worthy, on the outside, is the fastest player on the field. Two former Alabama players — Jahleel Billingsley and Agiye Hall — should be chomping at the bit in this one to get a shot at their former team. 

Ex-Alabama wide receiver Agiye Hall had several options when he entered the transfer portal earlier this spring as one of the nation’s top-rated prospects on the market. What drew Hall to signing with Texas over others — and a possible return to Alabama — however was the support felt from Longhorns supporters, something he wasn't accustomed to at his previous stop.

“One thing that really stood out is the culture. Bama fans — they’re not really loving, if I could say — even when you leave," Hall told Horns247. "Texas fans are like a family. They love you unconditionally. They want the best for you and want to make sure you’re striving to be the best person you are, whether it’s people in the stands, players or coaches - they’re all connected, which is a good thing.”

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Bryce Young should be the Heisman frontrunner once again if Alabama gets to the final month unbeaten. Alabama's schedule every year is unrelenting, but the Crimson Tide always manage to find a way to navigate it, doing so last fall with a midseason loss and still running the table to win the SEC. But here's one of three games in November that should give Alabama fans pause — at least for a moment. Should LSU work out its unsolved situation at quarterback, there are enough athletes on the field this season for Brian Kelly's group to make this one interesting in Baton Rouge.

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Evidenced by last season's near-loss on the Plains, the Iron Bowl can be competitive down to the wire even when it's least expected. If not for Tank Bigsby stepping out of bounds late in that contest, Alabama likely squandered its College Football Playoff hopes with a bad loss. And remember — that was a not-so-good Auburn team that was stumbling throughout the second half of the season. However, the Tigers brought their best against their rivals up front and it showed. Auburn will finish near the bottom of the division standings this season, but Alabama needs to be aware this game is not a walk-over in the regular-season finale.

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October is the most crucial month of the 2022 schedule for the defending SEC champs, who play Arkansas, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Mississippi State. And last season's 52-24 victory over the Volunteers was much more competitive than the final score indicated. In fact, the margin was seven points entering the fourth quarter before the floodgates opened and Alabama poured it on in the final frame against a Tennessee team that seemed to finally run out of gas — and turn it over. And judging by Tennessee coach Josh Heupel's comments in the aftermath, he knows better execution down the stretch may have led to a victory.

"Disappointed with the outcome of the football game," Heupel said last October after a late-game interception from Hendon Hooker thwarted the Vols' momentum. "Obviously, I felt like going into the fourth quarter we had an opportunity to compete and find a way to win the football game. I’m proud of the effort and strain that our guys played with all night long. We just didn't play smart enough, in particular on the offensive side of the ball."

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Given how tight the Razorbacks played Alabama on the road last season, Arkansas is out for blood on Oct. 1. Sam Pittman's group knows it can hang with the Crimson Tide and was a play or two away from upsetting Alabama in 2021 after a couple uncharacteristic miscues late. Winning at the line of scrimmage will ultimately decide this one between two programs that could easily finish 1-2 in the division. Coming off a nine-win season, the next step for the Razorbacks is to take out one of the SEC's heavyweights.

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Is Texas A&M the Crimson Tide's top challenger in the SEC West? It would appear so, at least from the outside looking in with both teams ranked inside the top 10 every major way-too-early poll this spring. The Aggies carry an elite roster into the 2022 season and Jimbo Fisher knows this group is Playoff-capable if they can stay injury-free and quarterback play is elite. In fact, elite quarterback play is what led to Texas A&M's win over Alabama in this matchup last season, the Crimson Tide's only loss during the regular season. That was a motivational trip to College Station for Saban's team, who would end up winning out before falling to Georgia in the national title finale.

This is also where one of the nation's longest home winning streaks will be put to the test midway through the season. Alabama's last loss in Tuscaloosa is a bad memory for Crimson Tide fans and came at the hands of former LSU star Joe Burrow. He out-dueled Tua Tagovailoa that evening and eventually won the Heisman along with the national championship for the unbeaten Tigers. Back to the point though — Alabama usually destroys every opponent it plays at home, even the ranked ones. The Crimson Tide have won 13 straight at home and should be a double-digit favorite to beat the Aggies and avenge last year's setback.

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01-05-2022 · Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports. Stacey Blackwood. May 1, 2022 7:00 am CT. The 2022 NFL draft has concluded and a total of 262 players heard their names called over the three-day event. Several former Alabama players were among the distinguished group. In fact, a total of seven former members of the Crimson Tide were chosen during the draft process.

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The 2022 NFL draft has concluded and a total of 262 players heard their names called over the three-day event. Several former Alabama players were among the distinguished group. In fact, a total of seven former members of the Crimson Tide were chosen during the draft process.

With the two first-round selections of Evan Neal and Jameson Williams, Nick Saban and Alabama have now had a total of 41 first-round draft picks since 2009.

Now that the draft has concluded, let’s take a deeper look into each Alabama selection and which former players will be heading into the best situation for them.

This list is a little tough to make because I truly believe each player landed in a pretty solid situation.

This literally has nothing to do with Jameson Williams and everything to do with the Detroit Lions. The Lions have long been a laughing stock of the league and don’t really show any signs of changing that. Furthermore, Williams will have Jared Goff throwing to him. Goff isn’t terrible, but he also isn’t top-tier.

The Washington Commanders already have a really solid option at the starting running back position in Antonio Gibson, so it’s not likely that Brian Robinson steps right in and becomes the starter. Robinson will most likely be the backup and a really good one at that.

I really like the potential that Christian Harris has for the NFL. He is an attacking linebacker who plays with tremendous speed. There will likely be a little bit of a learning curve for Harris as he moves on to the Houston Texans. The Texans are most likely to run a 4-3 defense and move Harris to outside linebacker. Harris played inside linebacker for Alabama in the 3-4 defense. I still believe Harris will flourish sooner rather than later.

If we are being honest, John Metchie fits any scheme. He is a tough, throwback wide receiver who runs great routes and just wins his matchups. As long he recovers well from his ACL injury, Metchie will do just fine with the Texans.

The Washington Commanders really love some Alabama defensive lineman. There is a chance that once the 2022 NFL season arrives, three starters along the defensive line will be former members of the Crimson Tide. The Commanders already feature Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne and they are likely to showcase Phidarian Mathis as well.

I really wanted this pairing heading into the draft process. The Baltimore Ravens have long been a defensive-minded franchise that loves tough, hard-nosed defensive backs and that is exactly what Jalyn Armour-Davis is. Armour-Davis will join fellow former Alabama defensive back, Marlon Humphrey, in the Ravens’ secondary.

Look, this mostly has everything to do with Evan Neal and very little to do with the New York Giants. In my opinion, Neal is a future Hall-of-Famer and will anchor the Giants’ offensive line for the next decade-plus.

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Alabama Crimson Tide football

22-12-2021 · The Alabama Crimson Tide football program represents the University of Alabama (variously Alabama, UA, or Bama) in the sport of American football.The team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team's head coach is Nick Saban, who has led the …

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Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svgFirst season1892 (1892)Athletic directorGreg ByrneHead coachNick Saban
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(capacity: 101,821[1])Year built1929Field surfaceNatural grassLocationTuscaloosa, AlabamaNCAA divisionDivision I FBSConferenceSoutheastern ConferenceDivisionWesternPast conferencesSouthern Conference (1921–1932)All-time record941–332–43 (.731)Bowl record44–26–3 (.623)Playoff appearances7 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)Playoff record8–3Claimed national titles18 (1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2020)[2]Unclaimed national titles5 (1945, 1966, 1975, 1977, 2016[3])National finalist5Conference titles33 (Southern: 4; SEC: 29)Division titles16RivalriesAuburn (rivalry)
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The Alabama Crimson Tide football program represents the University of Alabama (variously Alabama, UA, or Bama) in the sport of American football. The team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[5] The team's head coach is Nick Saban, who has led the Tide to six national championships over his tenure.[6] The Crimson Tide is among the most storied and decorated football programs in NCAA history. Since beginning play in 1892, the program claims 18 national championships,[2][7][8] including 13 wire-service (AP or Coaches') national titles in the poll-era, and five other titles before the poll-era.[8][9][10] From 1958 to 1982, the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who won six national titles with the program.[7] Despite numerous national and conference championships, it was not until 2009 that an Alabama player received a Heisman Trophy, when running back Mark Ingram became the university's first winner. In 2015, Derrick Henry became the university's second Heisman winner.[11] The Crimson Tide won back to back Heisman trophies in 2020 and 2021, with DeVonta Smith and Bryce Young.

Alabama has 941 official victories[a][b] in NCAA Division I (an additional 21 victories were vacated, and eight victories and one tie were forfeited). Alabama has won 33 conference championships (4 Southern Conference and 29 SEC championships), and has made an NCAA-record 73 postseason bowl appearances. Other NCAA records include 24 winning streaks of ten games or more and 20 seasons with a 10–0 start. The program has 35 seasons with ten wins or more (plus one vacated)[12][13] and has 44[b] bowl victories, both NCAA records.[14] Alabama has completed eleven undefeated seasons, ten of which were perfect seasons. The Crimson Tide leads the SEC West Division with 16 division titles and 14 appearances in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama holds a winning record against every current and former SEC school. The Associated Press (AP) ranks Alabama 4th in all-time final AP Poll appearances, with 58 through the 2020 season.[15][16]

Alabama plays its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium, located on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. With a capacity of 101,821,[1] Bryant-Denny is the 8th largest non-racing stadium in the world and the seventh largest stadium in the United States.

History

Main article: History of Alabama Crimson Tide football
See also: List of Alabama Crimson Tide football seasons

Head coaching history

Main article: List of Alabama Crimson Tide head football coaches

Alabama has had 28 head coaches since organized football began in 1892. Adopting the nickname "Crimson Tide" after the 1907 season, 12 coaches have led the Crimson Tide in postseason bowl games: Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Harold D. "Red" Drew, Bear Bryant, Ray Perkins, Bill Curry, Gene Stallings, Mike DuBose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Shula, Joe Kines, and Nick Saban.[2] Eight of those coaches also won conference championships: Wade, Thomas, Drew, Bryant, Curry, Stallings, DuBose, and Saban. During their tenures, Wade, Thomas, Bryant, Stallings, and Saban all won national championships with the Crimson Tide.[2]

Of the 27 different head coaches who have led the Crimson Tide, Wade,[17] Thomas,[18] Bryant,[19] and Stallings have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The head coach is Nick Saban, who was hired in January 2007.[20]

National championships

National championships in NCAA FBS college football are debated as the NCAA does not officially award the championship. Despite not naming an official National Champion, the NCAA provides lists of championships awarded by "major selectors."[8][21] According to the official NCAA 2009 Division I Football Records Book, "During the last 138 years, there have been more than 30 selectors of national champions using polls, historical research and mathematical rating systems. Beginning in 1936, the Associated Press began the best-known and most widely circulated poll of sportswriters and broadcasters. Before 1936, national champions were determined by historical research and retroactive ratings and polls. [...] The criteria for being included in this historical list of poll selectors is that the poll be national in scope, either through distribution in newspaper, television, radio and/or computer online."[22]

Since World War II, Alabama claims only national championships awarded by the final AP Poll or the final Coaches' Poll. This policy is consistent with other FBS football programs with numerous national title claims, including Notre Dame, USC, and Oklahoma. All national championships claimed by the University of Alabama were published in nationally syndicated newspapers and magazines, and each of the national championship selectors, and are cited in the Official 2010 NCAA FBS Record Book.[23] In addition to the championships claimed by the university, the NCAA has listed Alabama as receiving a championship for the 1945, 1966, 1975, and 1977 college football seasons.[8][21]

In Alabama's 1982 media guide, the last for Coach Bryant, 1934 is listed as the only national championship before Coach Bryant in a footnote about the school's SEC history. In the 1980s, Alabama's Sports Information Director Wayne Atcheson started recognizing five pre-Bryant national championship teams (1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941) by adding them to the University's Football Media Guide. According to Atcheson, he made the effort in the context of disputed titles being claimed by other schools, and "to make Alabama football look the best it could look" to compete with the other claimants. Atcheson maintains that the titles are the school's rightful claims.[24] Four of the five championships claimed in the Media Guide come before the AP poll was introduced in 1936. Many schools claim national championships from pre-1936 because there was no contemporary or nationally recognized authoritative source before that year.

The University of Alabama 2009 Official Football Media Guide says Alabama had 12 national championships prior to winning the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.[25] The 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2020 titles bring the total number of national championships claimed by Alabama to 18. Thirteen of Alabama's national championships were awarded by the wire-services (AP, Coaches' Poll) or by winning the BCS National Championship Game.[8][21]

In January 2013, CNN suggested that Alabama might be college football's new dynasty,[26] and in May 2013, Athlon Sports ranked Alabama's ongoing dynasty as the fourth-best since 1934, behind Oklahoma (1948–58), Miami (1986–92), and Nebraska (1993–97).[27]

National championship seasons

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1925 Wallace Wade Various 10–0 W Rose Bowl
1926 9–0–1 T Rose Bowl
1930 10–0 W Rose Bowl
1934 Frank Thomas 10–0 W Rose Bowl
1941 Houlgate Poll 9–2 W Cotton Bowl Classic
1961 Paul "Bear" Bryant AP, Coaches' 11–0 W Sugar Bowl
1964 10–1 L Orange Bowl
1965 AP 9–1–1 W Orange Bowl
1973 Coaches' 11–1 L Sugar Bowl
1978 AP 11–1 W Sugar Bowl
1979 AP, Coaches' 12–0 W Sugar Bowl
1992 Gene Stallings 13–0 W Sugar Bowl
2009 Nick Saban AP, Coaches', BCS 14–0 W BCS National Championship Game
2011 12–1 W BCS National Championship Game
2012 13–1 W BCS National Championship Game
2015 AP, Coaches', CFP 14–1 W Cotton Bowl Classic
W College Football Playoff National Championship
2017 13–1 W Sugar Bowl
W College Football Playoff National Championship
2020 13–0 W Rose Bowl
W College Football Playoff National Championship
  • 1925 – The 1925 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Washington in the January 1, 1926 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade's team initially fell behind the undefeated Huskies, but rallied in the second half to defeat Washington 20–19. The outstanding player of the game was Johnny Mack Brown.[28] This game is viewed by many football historians as the single most important event for Southern football, and is hailed "the football game that changed the South." Alabama was the first Southern football team to be invited to play in the Rose Bowl and proved Southern teams could compete with those from the East, the Midwest and the West coast. The victory for Coach Wallace Wade established Alabama as a football powerhouse. The 1925 Alabama football team finished the season with a 10–0–0 record and was retrospectively selected national champion by William Boand, Richard Billingsley, and the one-man Helms Athletic Foundation.[7] The 2009 NCAA Record Book cites the Michigan Wolverines, Dartmouth Indians, and Alabama Crimson Tide as national champions in 1925.[8]
  • 1926 – The 1926 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Stanford in the January 1, 1927, Rose Bowl. Coach Wade's team tied the Indians 7–7 to finish the season 9–0–1. The outstanding player of the game was Fred Pickhard.[28] The 1926 Alabama football team was retrospectively selected national champion by Billingsley and the Helms Athletic Foundation.[7] The 2009 NCAA Record Book cites the Lafayette Leopards, Michigan Wolverines, Naval Academy Midshipmen, Stanford Cardinals, and Alabama Crimson Tide as national champions in 1926.[8]
  • 1930 – The 1930 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Washington State in the January 1, 1931, Rose Bowl. Coach Wade's team defeated the Cougars 24–0 to finish the season 10–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was John Campbell.[28] The 1930 Alabama and Notre Dame teams were selected as “Outstanding Nationwide Teams” by Parke H. Davis in 1933.[7][29]
  • 1934 – The 1934 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Frank Thomas, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Stanford in the January 1, 1935, Rose Bowl. Coach Thomas' team defeated the Indians 29–13 to finish the season 10–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Millard "Dixie" Howell.[28] The 1934 Alabama football team was contemporaneously selected national champion by Dick Dunkel, Deke Houlgate, and the Williamson system.[7] The 2009 NCAA Record Book cites the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Alabama Crimson Tide as national champions in 1934.[8] The University of Alabama honored Ben McLeod, Jr., the 95-year–old former backup End of the 1934 team at the September 6, 2008 Alabama–Tulane game.[30]
  • 1941 – The 1941 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Frank Thomas, completed the regular season 8–2–0. Alabama's squad finished third in the Southeastern Conference.[31] After losing to Mississippi State 14-0 and Vanderbilt,[28] 7–0, Alabama finished the regular season ranked No. 20 in the AP Poll,[32] which was published on December 1, 1941,[self-published source?] before the bowl games, which was customary during that time. The onset of World War II changed the college football postseason.[33] Alabama was one of ten teams chosen for post-season competition when they were invited to play Texas A&M in the January 1, 1942, Cotton Bowl Classic. Coach Thomas' team defeated the Aggies 29–21 to finish the season 9–2–0. Minnesota, the AP national champion, finished 8–0 and did not play in a bowl game per Big Ten rules. Alabama's outstanding players of the game were Holt Rast, Don Whitmire, and Jimmy Nelson.[28] The squad was selected national champion under a mathematical system created by Deke Houlgate, who in later years published the nationally syndicated Football Thesaurus.[7] The 2009 NCAA Record Book cites the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Texas Longhorns, and Alabama Crimson Tide as national champions in 1941.[8]
  • 1961 – The 1961 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Led by quarterback Pat Trammell, linebacker Lee Roy Jordan and two–way lineman Billy Neighbors, Alabama outscored their opponents 297–25. Alabama was then invited to play the No. 9–ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in the January 1, 1962 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Razorbacks 10–3 to finish the season 11–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Mike Fracchia.[28] The 1961 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll and Coaches' Poll.[7]
  • 1964 – The 1964 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama was led by quarterback Joe Namath. Alabama was then invited to play the Texas Longhorns in the Orange Bowl on January 1, 1965. Coach Bryant's team lost to the Longhorns 21–17 to finish the season 10–1–0. The outstanding player of the game was Joe Namath.[28] The 1964 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll prior to bowl games.[7] (The AP Poll waited until after the bowl games to select its champion for the 1965 season.)
  • 1965 – The 1965 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 8–1–1, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. The Tide lost to Georgia and tied Tennessee during the regular season. Alabama was then invited to play Nebraska in the January 1, 1966 Orange Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Cornhuskers 39–28 to finish the season 9–1–1. The outstanding player of the game was Steve Sloan.[28] The 1965 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll.[7] The Coaches’ Poll selected Michigan State.
  • 1973 – The 1973 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 11–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Notre Dame in the December 31, 1973, Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team lost to the Fighting Irish 24–23 to finish the season 11–1–0. The 1973 Alabama football team was selected national champion in the final regular-season Coaches' Poll, which was finalized prior to the post-season bowl games.[7] (The Coaches' Poll began selecting their champion after the bowl games starting in 1974.) The post-bowl game AP Poll ranked Alabama 4th, and selected Notre Dame as its national champion.[34]
  • 1978 – The 1978 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–1–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. The Tide defeated No. 10–ranked Nebraska 20–3, and defeated No. 11–ranked Missouri 38–20, and lost to No. 7 ranked Southern California 24–14, during the regular season.[35] The No. 2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide was then invited to play the No. 1–ranked Penn State in the January 1, 1979 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Nittany Lions 14–7 to finish the season 11–1–0. The outstanding player of the game was linebacker Barry Krauss.[28] Alabama was selected national champion by the AP Poll,[7] and Southern California was selected national champion by the Coaches' Poll.[35]
  • 1979 – The 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 11–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. The Tide defeated No. 18–ranked Tennessee 27–17, and defeated No. 14–ranked Auburn 25–18 during the regular season. Alabama was then invited to play No. 6–ranked Arkansas in the January 1, 1980 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Razorbacks 24–9 to finish the season 12–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was running back Major Ogilvie.[28] The 1979 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.[7]
  • 1992 – The 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Gene Stallings, completed the regular season 11–0–0. They then defeated No. 12–ranked Florida in the inaugural SEC Championship Game, defeating the Gators 28–21; the win gave Alabama its 20th SEC title and a record of 12–0–0. Alabama was then invited to play No. 1–ranked Miami, led by Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta, in the January 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl. Coach Stallings' team defeated the Hurricanes 34–13 to finish the season 13–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Derrick Lassic.[28] The 1992 Alabama football team was awarded the national championship by the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.[7]
President Obama receives an Alabama jersey at the White House with various team members and coaches present.
The Crimson Tide meeting with President Barack Obama after winning the 2009 national championship
  • 2009 – The 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, finished with a 12–0 regular season. In the twelve wins, the Crimson Tide defeated four teams that were ranked at the time, including an opening day victory over No. 7 Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The team headed back to the Georgia Dome in December to face off against No. 1 Florida in the SEC Championship Game. The Crimson Tide defeated the Gators 32–13 in a rematch of the previous year's championship.[36] Alabama then traveled to Pasadena to face No. 2 ranked Texas in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. Alabama's Heisman Trophy-winning running back, Mark Ingram, rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 37–21 win.[37] This was Alabama's first victory over Texas (1–7–1). Ingram was named the game's offensive MVP in Alabama's first BCS victory. The 2009 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP and Coaches' Polls. The 2009 squad became the first FBS division team to defeat six teams ranked in the AP top 25 during one season and received a record six first-team AP All-America selections. The 2009 team finished with a perfect 14–0 record, an all-time highest number of wins in a season for Alabama.
  • 2011 – The 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, completed the regular season 11–1. The only loss of the season was to LSU in overtime 9–6.[38] The team did not play in the SEC Championship Game because of that loss, but won convincingly in its final three regular-season games and earned a No. 2 ranking in the BCS poll.[39] For their final regular season game, Alabama defeated rival Auburn 42–14.[40] Alabama, led by Heisman trophy finalist Trent Richardson, then qualified to play No. 1 ranked LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.[39] Coach Saban's team defeated the Tigers 21–0 and finished the season 12–1.[41]Jeremy Shelley had a bowl record-tying five field goals in the game, and the game's offensive MVP was A. J. McCarron, and the defensive MVP was Courtney Upshaw.[41] With the win, Alabama became the first team to shutout its opponent in a BCS bowl game.[41] In addition to winning the BCS National Championship, the AP also awarded its national title to Alabama for the 8th time.[42]
  • 2012 – The 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, completed the regular season 11–1. The only loss of the season was against Texas A&M 29–24.[43] Despite the loss, Alabama won the SEC Western division and went to the 2012 SEC Championship Game, where they defeated Georgia 32–28 for the 23rd conference championship in school history.[44] Alabama earned a No. 2 ranking in the final BCS rankings for the second straight year and as a result qualified for the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against No. 1 Notre Dame.[45] Alabama defeated the Fighting Irish 42–14, finished the season 13–1, and the game's offensive MVP was Eddie Lacy, and the defensive MVP was C.J. Mosley.[46] Alabama became the third team in history to win three national championships in a four-year period. This was Alabama's 9th AP national championship and 10th wire-service championship.[46]
  • 2015 – The 2015 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, finished the regular season 11–1. Their only loss was to Ole Miss 43–37. They won the SEC Western Division title with a record of 7–1, defeating rivals LSU and Tennessee en route, and then defeated Florida 29–15 in the SEC Championship. Alabama returned to the playoffs for the second consecutive season. After falling short in the semifinals against Ohio State in 2014, Alabama defeated the Michigan State Spartans 38–0 in the Cotton Bowl to advance to the Championship Game. Alabama beat the Clemson Tigers 45–40 and won the 2015 FBS national championship. Alabama's Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns. This victory gave Coach Nick Saban his fifth national title, including four in the last seven seasons.
  • 2017 - The 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, finished the regular season 11–1. Their only loss was at Auburn 26–14. They won a share of the SEC Western Division title with a record of 7–1. Alabama returned to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Alabama avenged the previous season's only loss in the National Championship game to Clemson with a 24–6 win in the Sugar Bowl. The Tide advanced to the Championship game for the third year in a row. Alabama defeated SEC opponent Georgia 26–23 in overtime. The victory gave Nick Saban his sixth national title, tying him with Paul W. Bryant for most all-time. It's also Alabama's fifth title in the last nine seasons.[47]
  • 2020 - The 2020 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, finished the regular season 10-0. The season was shortened to an all-conference schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tide won the SEC Western Division title and defeated Florida 52-46 in the SEC Championship. Alabama returned to the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons. They defeated Notre Dame 31-14 in the Rose Bowl. The Tide advanced to the Championship game where they beat Ohio State 52-24. Alabama’s Heisman Trophy-winning wide receiver DeVonta Smith had 215 yards and 3 touchdowns. The victory gave Saban his seventh national title, passing Bear Bryant for most all-time. It is also Alabama's sixth title in twelve years.

Conference championships

Alabama has won a total of 33 conference championships; this includes four Southern Conference and 29 SEC Championships. Alabama captured its four Southern Conference titles in 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1930. Alabama captured the first SEC title in 1933 and has won a total of 29 SEC Championships (1933, 1934, 1937, 1945, 1953, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021). The school has won more SEC football titles than any other school, including 10 since the conference split into separate divisions and added the Championship Game in 1992. Alabama is the only school to win an SEC Championship in every decade since the conference was founded in 1933.

Season Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1924 Southern Wallace Wade 8–1 5–0
1925† 10–0 7–0
1926 9–0–1 8–0
1930† 10–0 8–0
1933 SEC Frank Thomas 7–1–1 5–0–1
1934† 10–0 7–0
1937 9–1 6–0
1945 10–0 6–0
1953 Harold Drew 6–3–3 4–0–3
1961† Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–0 7–0
1964 10–1 8–0
1965 9–1–1 6–1–1
1966† 11–0 6–0
1971 11–1 7–0
1972 10–2 7–1
1973 11–1 8–0
1974 11–1 6–0
1975 11–1 6–0
1977 11–1 7–0
1978 11–1 6–0
1979 12–0 6–0
1981† 9–2–1 7–0
1989† Bill Curry 10–2 6–1
1992 Gene Stallings 13–0 8–0
1999 Mike DuBose 10–3 7–1
2009 Nick Saban 14–0 8–0
2012 13–1 7–1
2014 12–2 7–1
2015 14–1 7–1
2016 14–1 8–0
2018 14–1 8–0
2020 13–0 10–0
2021 12–1 7–1

† Co-champions

Division championships

The SEC has been split into two divisions since the 1992 season. Alabama competes in the SEC West. Alabama has won or shared 16 division titles, and has posted an 10-4 record in the SEC Championship Game as of 2021[update].

Season Division Opponent SEC CG result
1992 SEC West Florida W 28–21
1993 Florida L 13–28
1994 Florida L 23–24
1996† Florida L 30–45
1999 Florida W 34–7
2008 Florida L 20–31
2009 Florida W 32–13
2012 Georgia W 32–28
2013† N/A lost tiebreaker to Auburn
2014 Missouri W 42–13
2015 Florida W 29–15
2016 Florida W 54–16
2017† N/A lost tiebreaker to Auburn
2018 Georgia W 35–28
2020 Florida W 52–46
2021 Georgia W 41–24

† Co-champions

Individual accomplishments

Main article: Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders

First team All-Americans

Main article: List of Alabama Crimson Tide football All-Americans
Terrence Cody was named an All-American for both 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Every year, several publications release lists of their ideal "team". The athletes on these lists are referred to as All-Americans. The NCAA recognizes five All-American lists. They are the Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). Alabama has had 148 players honored 171 times as first team All-Americans (83 consensus)[48][49] in its history, including 19 players honored twice and two players (Cornelius Bennett and Woodrow Lowe) who were honored three times as a First Team All-American.[50]

The most recent All-Americans from Alabama came after the 2021 season, when Will Anderson, Evan Neal, Jameson Williams and Bryce Young were each named First Team All-America by various selectors.

College Football Hall of Fame inductees

Main article: List of Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Hall of Fame

In 1951, the College Football Hall of Fame opened in South Bend, Indiana. Since then, Alabama has had 20 players and four former coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame.[51][52] Alabama had two members inducted into the inaugural 1951 class—Don Hutson[53] and Frank Thomas.[54]

Name Time at Alabama Position Inducted
Cornelius Bennett 1983–1986 LB 2005
Johnny Mack Brown 1923–1925 HB 1957
Paul "Bear" Bryant 1958–1982 Head coach 1986
Johnny Cain 1930–1932 FB 1973
Harry Gilmer 1944–1947 QB, DB 1993
John Hannah 1970–1972 OG 1999
Frank Howard 1928–1930 OG 1989
Dixie Howell 1932–1934 HB 1970
Pooley Hubert 1922–1925 QB 1964
Don Hutson 1932–1934 E 1951
Lee Roy Jordan 1960–1962 LB 1983
E.J. Junior 1977–1980 DE 2020
Woodrow Lowe 1972–1975 LB 2009
Vaughn Mancha 1944–1947 C 1990
Johnny Musso 1969–1971 HB 2000
Billy Neighbors 1959–1961 T 2003
Ozzie Newsome 1974–1977 SE 1994
Fred Sington 1928–1930 T 1955
Riley Smith 1934–1935 QB 1985
Gene Stallings 1990–1996 Head coach 2010
Derrick Thomas 1985–1988 LB 2014
Frank Thomas 1931–1946 Head coach 1951
Wallace Wade 1923–1930 Head coach 1955
Don Whitmire 1941–1942 T 1956
Marty Lyons 1975–1978 DT 2012

Award winners

Overall

  • Heisman Trophy
    Mark Ingram (2009)
    Derrick Henry (2015)
    DeVonta Smith (2020)
    Bryce Young (2021)
  • Maxwell Award
    A. J. McCarron (2013)
    Derrick Henry (2015)
    Tua Tagovailoa (2018)
    DeVonta Smith (2020)
    Bryce Young (2021)
  • AP Player of the Year
    DeVonta Smith (2020)
    Bryce Young (2021)
  • Walter Camp Award
    Derrick Henry (2015)
    Tua Tagovailoa (2018)
    DeVonta Smith (2020)
  • Sporting News Player of the Year
    Mark Ingram (2009)
    Tua Tagovailoa (2018)
    DeVonta Smith (2020)
    Bryce Young (2021)
  • Lombardi Award
    Cornelius Bennett (1986)
    Jonathan Allen (2016)
  • Chuck Bednarik Award
    Jonathan Allen (2016)
    Minkah Fitzpatrick (2017)
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy
    Jonathan Allen (2016)
    Will Anderson Jr. (2021)
  • Paul Hornung Award
    DeVonta Smith (2020)

Positional

  • Davey O’Brien Award
    Mac Jones (2020)
    Bryce Young (2021)
  • Doak Walker Award
    Trent Richardson (2011)
    Derrick Henry (2015)
    Najee Harris (2020)
  • Fred Biletnikoff Award
    Amari Cooper (2014)
    Jerry Jeudy (2018)
    DeVonta Smith (2020)
  • Butkus Award
    Derrick Thomas (1988)
    Rolando McClain (2009)
    C.J. Mosley (2013)
    Reuben Foster (2016)
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
    Jay Barker (1994)
    A. J. McCarron (2013)
    Mac Jones (2020)
  • Jim Thorpe Award
    Antonio Langham (1993)
    Minkah Fitzpatrick (2017)
  • Outland Trophy
    Chris Samuels (1999)
    Andre Smith (2008)
    Barrett Jones (2011)
    Cam Robinson (2016)
    Quinnen Williams (2018)
    Alex Leatherwood (2020)
  • Rimington Trophy
    Barrett Jones (2012)
    Ryan Kelly (2015)
    Landon Dickerson (2020)
  • Ted Hendricks Award
    Jonathan Allen (2016)
  • Manning Award
    Mac Jones (2020)
  • Joe Moore Award
    Offensive Line (2015, 2020)
  • Patrick Mannelly Award
    Thomas Fletcher (2020)

Other

  • Lott Trophy
    DeMeco Ryans (2005)
  • Wuerffel Trophy
    Barrett Jones (2011)
  • William V. Campbell Trophy
    Barrett Jones (2012)
  • Sammy Baugh Trophy
    Steve Sloan (1965)
  • Paul Warfield Trophy
    David Palmer (1993)
    Amari Cooper (2014)
  • Jim Parker Trophy
    Andre Smith (2008)
    Barrett Jones (2011)
    Jonah Williams (2018)
  • Jack Lambert Trophy
    Rolando McClain (2009)
  • Jack Tatum Trophy
    Antonio Langham (1993)
  • Bill Willis Trophy
    Quinnen Williams (2018)
  • Kellen Moore Award
    A. J. McCarron (2013)
  • Jon Cornish Trophy
    John Metchie III (2020)

Coaching

  • Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
    Gene Stallings (1992)
    Nick Saban (2020)
  • AFCA Coach of the Year
    Paul "Bear" Bryant (1961, 1971, 1973)
    Gene Stallings (1992)
  • Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
    Gene Stallings (1992)
    Nick Saban (2008)
  • Walter Camp Coach of the Year
    Gene Stallings (1992)
    Nick Saban (2008, 2018)
  • George Munger Award
    Gene Stallings (1992)
    Nick Saban (2016)
  • Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year
    Bill Curry (1989)
    Nick Saban (2014)
  • AP Coach of the Year
    Nick Saban (2008)
  • Sporting News Coach of the Year
    Nick Saban (2008)
  • Home Depot Coach of the Year
    Nick Saban (2008)
  • Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award
    Nick Saban (2008)
  • Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year
    Nick Saban (2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Broyles Award
    Kirby Smart (2009)
    Mike Locksley (2018)
    Steve Sarkisian (2020)
  • AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year
    Kirby Smart (2012)

Heisman Trophy

On December 12, 2009, Mark Ingram became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner.[11] In the closest race ever, he edged out Stanford running back Toby Gerhart by 28 points.[11] Other notable finishes for an Alabama player occurred in 1993, when David Palmer finished 3rd in the Heisman voting[55][56] and when A. J. McCarron finished as runner-up for the 2013 season.[57]Derrick Henry became Alabama's second Heisman trophy winner on December 12, 2015.[58]Tua Tagovailoa finished runner-up for the 2018 season as well. For the 2020 season, Alabama became the second program in college football history to have three players finish in the top five. DeVonta Smith became Alabama’s third Heisman winner with Mac Jones finishing third and Najee Harris fifth. In 2021, Bryce Young became the fourth winner with Will Anderson finishing fifth.

Top 5 finishes for Alabama players:

Year Name Position Finish
1937 Joe Kilgrow RB 5th
1945 Harry Gilmer RB 5th
1947 Harry Gilmer RB 5th
1961 Pat Trammell QB 5th
1962 Lee Roy Jordan LB 4th
1971 Johnny Musso RB 5th
1972 Terry Davis QB 5th
1993 David Palmer WR 3rd
1994 Jay Barker QB 5th
2009 Mark Ingram RB 1st
2011 Trent Richardson RB 3rd
2013 A. J. McCarron QB 2nd
2014 Amari Cooper WR 3rd
2015 Derrick Henry RB 1st
2018 Tua Tagovailoa QB 2nd
2020 DeVonta Smith WR 1st
Mac Jones QB 3rd
Najee Harris RB 5th
2021 Bryce Young QB 1st
Will Anderson Jr. LB 5th

SEC Legends

Main article: SEC Football Legends

Starting in 1994, the Southeastern Conference has annually honored one former football player from each of the SEC member schools as an "SEC Legend". The following former Crimson Tide football players have been honored as SEC Legends.

  • 1994 Lee Roy Jordan
  • 1995 Harry Gilmer
  • 1996 Billy Neighbors
  • 1997 John Hannah
  • 1998 Holt Rast
  • 1999 Johnny Musso
  • 2000 Dwight Stephenson
  • 2001 Joe Namath
  • 2002 Vaughn Mancha
  • 2003 Jeremiah Castille
  • 2004 Bob Baumhower
  • 2005 Cornelius Bennett
  • 2006 Steve Sloan
  • 2007 Ken Stabler
  • 2008 Bart Starr
  • 2009 Antonio Langham
  • 2010 Cornelius Griffin
  • 2011 Dennis Homan
  • 2012 Paul Crane
  • 2013 Marty Lyons
  • 2014 Bobby Humphrey
  • 2015 Woodrow Lowe
  • 2016 Chris Samuels
  • 2017 Gene Stallings
  • 2018 Shaun Alexander
  • 2019 Ray Perkins

Rivalries

Auburn

Main article: Iron Bowl
Alabama on offense against the Tigers in 2010

The main rivalry of the Crimson Tide is against its in-state rival, Auburn University; considered one of the top sporting rivalries in the US. The Alabama-Auburn game has come to be known as the Iron Bowl.[59][60] The outcome of the game generally determines "bragging rights" in the state of Alabama until the following contest. The game may also have implications as to which team will represent the SEC Western Division in the SEC Championship Game.

On February 22, 1893, at Lakeview Park in Birmingham, Auburn was victorious in the first ever Iron Bowl, 32–22. The series was suspended after the 1907 contest, due to violence and financial complications.[61] In 1944, Auburn suggested to reopen the series, though the Board of Trustees at Alabama rejected. The series was resumed in 1948, with Alabama crushing the Tigers 55–0, which is still the largest margin of victory in the series.[62][63] In the following contest, Auburn shocked Alabama with a 14–13 victory, which is credited with helping revive the series.[64]

For many years, the contest was held at Legion Field in Birmingham, before the teams began alternating between Bryant-Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa, and Jordan–Hare Stadium, in Auburn. Alabama won the most recent meeting 24-22 in four OTs in Auburn, and leads the series at 48-37–1.[65]

Tennessee

Main article: Third Saturday in October
Alabama on offense versus Tennessee in Tuscaloosa during the 2009 season

Despite the heated in-state rivalry with Auburn, Bear Bryant was more adamant about defeating his rivals to the north, the Tennessee Volunteers.[66] The series is named the Third Saturday in October, the traditional calendar date on which the game was played. Despite the name, the game has been played on the third Saturday only five times between 1995 and 2007. The first game between the two sides was played in 1901 in Birmingham, ending in a 6–6 tie. From 1902 to 1913, Alabama dominated the series, losing only once, and never allowing a touchdown by the Volunteers. Beginning in 1928, the rivalry was first played on its traditional date and began to be a challenge for the Crimson Tide as Robert Neyland began challenging Alabama for their perennial spot on top of the conference standings.[67] In the 1950s, Jim Goostree, the head trainer for Alabama, began another tradition as he began handing out cigars following a victory over the Volunteers.[68]

Between 1971 and 1981, Alabama held an 11-game winning streak over the Volunteers and, between 1986 and 1994, a nine-game unbeaten streak. However, following Alabama's streak, Tennessee responded with a seven-game winning streak from 1995 to 2001. Currently, Alabama has the longest winning streak at 15, dating back to 2007. Alabama won the most recent meeting 52-24 in Tuscaloosa, and leads the series 58-37-8.[69]

LSU

Main article: Alabama–LSU football rivalry
Alabama vs. LSU 2011

A rivalry within the SEC Western Division occurs yearly between Alabama and the LSU Tigers. Starting in 1895, the Tigers were victorious 12–6 in the first meeting.[70] The teams did not regularly meet until the mid-1960s during Alabama's dominance of the SEC. Between 1971 and 1981, the Crimson Tide won 11 consecutive times. In the 1969 game, LSU defeated Alabama 20–15 in Baton Rouge. Alabama did not lose again in Baton Rouge until 2000.

In 2007, the meeting was more heated following Alabama's hiring of head coach Nick Saban, who previously coached at LSU. With the hiring, many media outlets dubbed the 2007 meeting as the "Saban Bowl".[71][72][73] The Crimson Tide lost the first "Saban Bowl" in 2007, won the 2008 and 2009 meetings only to lose in Baton Rouge in 2010.

In 2011, the teams played as the consensus No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the polls with LSU winning 9–6 in overtime. They played each other again for the BCS National Championship with Alabama winning 21–0 to secure its 14th National Championship. Alabama won the most recent meeting 20-14 in Tuscaloosa, and leads the series 55-26–5. [74]

Mississippi State

Main article: Alabama–Mississippi State football rivalry

Alabama's most-played rival is Mississippi State. The rivalry has been called the "Battle for Highway 82", with the schools being only 90 miles apart. Many cite the 2014 meeting as the biggest game in the series where Alabama faced a #1 ranked, 10-0 Mississippi State team with Dak Prescott as its quarterback. Alabama won 25-20, which helped catapult them into the first College Football Playoff. Alabama won the most recent meeting 49-9 in Starkville and leads the series 84-18–3.[75]

Ole Miss

Main article: Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry

Alabama also maintains a rivalry with the Ole Miss Rebels. Alabama won the most recent meeting 42-21 in Tuscaloosa, and leads the series 53–9–2.[76]

Georgia

Main article: Alabama–Georgia football rivalry

Alabama has a rivalry with the Georgia Bulldogs. Alabama has 42 wins in the series while the Bulldogs have 25 wins. Alabama won the most recent meeting 41–24 in the 2021 SEC Championship and leads the series 42–25–4.[77]

Florida

Main article: Alabama–Florida football rivalry

Alabama has a rivalry with the Florida Gators, which was largely developed with the start of the SEC Championship Game.[78] Alabama and Florida have met in 10 SEC Title Games (Alabama leads 6-4 in Title games), including the first 3 from 1992-1994. Alabama won the most recent meeting 31-29 in Gainesville, and leads the entire series 28-14 on the field (27-14 with the Alabama 2005 win vacated).[79]

Former rivalries

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were at one time considered Alabama's arch rival. During the suspension of the Iron Bowl between 1907 and 1948, Georgia Tech (then a member of the SEC) emerged as the most intense game on Alabama's schedule. The teams played many significant games, especially in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A heated feud developed between Bear Bryant and Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Dodd following a controversial hit in the 1961 game, a 10–0 Alabama victory.[80] Dodd cited this feud as the primary impetus for Georgia Tech leaving the SEC three years later.[81] The two teams have met 52 times, making Georgia Tech Alabama's most played among current non-conference opponents. Alabama leads the series 28–21–3; Georgia Tech won the last meeting in 1984. Alabama's fight song, "Yea Alabama", mentions Georgia Tech with the line "Send the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave."[82]

There have been many historic games between Alabama and Penn State. The two teams met five times during the tenure of Bear Bryant, including in the 1979 Sugar Bowl, which determined the national championship for the 1978 season. The games usually have national implications—seven of the 15 meetings between the two schools have featured both teams ranked in the top ten—and eight of the meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less. The most recent game was in 2011, with Alabama winning 27–11. It was the final loss for long-time Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. Alabama leads the series 10–5.

Bear Bryant was 0-4 against Notre Dame while at Alabama. Both Alabama and Notre Dame hold over 900 total wins and they claim the most and second most national championships respectively. The most recent 2 meetings were in the 2013 BCS National Championship and the 2021 College Football Playoff semifinal game. Alabama won both meetings. Notre Dame leads the series 3-5.[83]

All-time record vs. current SEC teams

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current SEC opponents as of the completion of the 2020 season.[84]

Opponent Won Lost Tied Pct. Streak First Meeting
Arkansas 25 7 0 .781 Won 15 1962
Auburn 48 37 1 .564 Won 2 1893
Florida 27 14 0 .659 Won 8 1916
Georgia 42 25 4 .620 Won 7 1895
Kentucky 38 2 1 .939 Won 7 1917
LSU 55 26 5 .669 Won 2 1895
Mississippi State 84 18 3 .814 Won 14 1896
Missouri 5 2 0 .714 Won 5 1968
Ole Miss 53 9 2 .844 Won 6 1894
South Carolina 13 3 0 .813 Won 1 1937
Tennessee 58 37 8 .602 Won 15 1901
Texas A&M 11 3 0 .786 Lost 1 1942
Vanderbilt 62 18 4 .767 Won 22 1903
Totals 521 201 28 .713

Bowl games

Main article: List of Alabama Crimson Tide bowl games

This is a partial list of the ten most recent bowl seasons in which Alabama competed. Alabama has an overall bowl record of 44–26–3 (73 games) through the 2020 season.[85][86]

Season Bowl game Opponent Result
2012 BCS National Championship Game Notre Dame W 42–14
2013 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma L 31–45
2014 Sugar Bowl Ohio State L 35–42
2015 Cotton Bowl Michigan State W 38–0
CFP National Championship Clemson W 45–40
2016 Peach Bowl Washington W 24–7
CFP National Championship Clemson L 31–35
2017 Sugar Bowl Clemson W 24–6
CFP National Championship Georgia W 26–23
2018 Orange Bowl Oklahoma W 45–34
CFP National Championship Clemson L 16–44
2019 Citrus Bowl Michigan W 35–16
2020 Rose Bowl Notre Dame W 31–14
CFP National Championship Ohio State W 52–24
2021 Cotton Bowl Cincinnati TBD

Alabama and the NFL

See also: List of Alabama Crimson Tide in the NFL draft

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Eight former Alabama football players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the fourth most among all colleges.[87]

Inducted Player Seasons NFL Team(s) Years with NFL Team(s)
1963 Don Hutson 1932–1934 Green Bay Packers 1935–1945
1977 Bart Starr 1952–1955 Green Bay Packers 1956–1971
1985 Joe Namath 1962–1964 New York Jets 1965–1976
Los Angeles Rams 1977
1991 John Hannah 1970–1972 New England Patriots 1973–1985
1998 Dwight Stephenson 1977–1979 Miami Dolphins 1980–1987
1999 Ozzie Newsome 1974–1977 Cleveland Browns 1978–1990
2009 Derrick Thomas 1985–1988 Kansas City Chiefs 1989–1999
2016 Ken Stabler 1964–1967 Oakland Raiders 1970–1979
Houston Oilers 1980–1981
New Orleans Saints 1982–1984

Players in the National Football League

  • Jonathan Allen, DT - Washington Football Team
  • Anthony Averett, CB - Baltimore Ravens
  • Christian Barmore, DL - New England Patriots
  • Deonte Brown, OG - Carolina Panthers
  • Isaiah Buggs, DT - Pittsburgh Steelers
  • James Carpenter, OG - Baltimore Ravens
  • Shyheim Carter, S - Houston Texans
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S - Las Vegas Raiders
  • Landon Collins, S - Washington Football Team
  • Amari Cooper, WR - Dallas Cowboys
  • Lester Cotton, OL - Las Vegas Raiders
  • Raekwon Davis, DT - Miami Dolphins
  • Landon Dickerson, C - Philadelphia Eagles
  • Gehrig Dieter, WR - Kansas City Chiefs
  • Trevon Diggs, CB - Dallas Cowboys
  • Kenyan Drake, RB - Las Vegas Raiders
  • Rashaan Evans, LB - Tennessee Titans
  • Thomas Fletcher, LS - Carolina Panthers
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS - Pittsburgh Steelers
  • D.J. Fluker, OT - Las Vegas Raiders
  • Miller Forristall, TE - Cleveland Browns
  • Robert Foster, WR - Dallas Cowboys
  • Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB - Detroit Lions
  • Da'Shawn Hand, DE - Detroit Lions
  • Damien Harris, RB - New England Patriots
  • Najee Harris, RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Ronnie Harrison, SS - Cleveland Browns
  • J. C. Hassenauer, C - Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Derrick Henry, RB - Tennessee Titans
  • Dont'a Hightower, LB - New England Patriots
  • O. J. Howard, TE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Marlon Humphrey, CB - Baltimore Ravens
  • Mark Ingram Jr., RB - New Orleans Saints
  • Eddie Jackson, S - Chicago Bears
  • Kareem Jackson, S - Denver Broncos
  • Josh Jacobs, RB - Las Vegas Raiders
  • Anfernee Jennings, LB - New England Patriots
  • Jerry Jeudy, WR - Denver Broncos
  • Julio Jones, WR - Tennessee Titans
  • Mac Jones, QB - New England Patriots
  • Ryan Kelly, C - Indianapolis Colts
  • Alex Leatherwood, OT - Las Vegas Raiders
  • Terrell Lewis, LB - Los Angeles Rams
  • Jared Mayden, S - Philadelphia Eagles
  • A. J. McCarron, QB - Atlanta Falcons
  • Xavier McKinney, S - New York Giants
  • Dylan Moses, LB - Jacksonville Jaguars
  • CJ Mosley, LB - New York Jets
  • Daron Payne, DT - Washington Football Team
  • Ross Pierschbacher, OL - New York Jets
  • Reggie Ragland, LB - New York Giants
  • Jarran Reed, DT - Kansas City Chiefs
  • Calvin Ridley, WR - Atlanta Falcons
  • A'Shawn Robinson, DT - Los Angeles Rams
  • Cam Robinson, OT - Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Cam Sims, WR - Washington Football Team
  • DeVonta Smith, WR - Philadelphia Eagles
  • Irv Smith Jr., TE - Minnesota Vikings
  • Saivion Smith, CB - San Francisco 49ers
  • Damion Square, DT - Las Vegas Raiders
  • Patrick Surtain II, CB - Denver Broncos
  • Tua Tagovailoa, QB - Miami Dolphins
  • Deionte Thompson, S - Arizona Cardinals
  • Carson Tinker, LS - Las Vegas Raiders
  • Dalvin Tomlinson, DT - Minnesota Vikings
  • Jaylen Waddle, WR - Miami Dolphins
  • Levi Wallace, CB - Buffalo Bills
  • Jonah Williams, OT - Cincinnati Bengals
  • Quinnen Williams, DL - New York Jets
  • Jedrick Wills, OT - Cleveland Browns
  • Mack Wilson, LB - Cleveland Browns

Media

During the football season, the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN) broadcasts multiple shows on gameday for most sports. The network includes more than 60 radio stations across the country. Radio stations WFFN-FM, WTSK-AM as a backup, broadcast all home games in the Tuscaloosa area.[88]

Football radio broadcasts begin three hours prior to the game's designated kickoff time with Chris Stewart and Tyler Watts in Around the SEC.[89] The radio broadcast then moves to the Crimson Tide Tailgate Party hosted by Tom Roberts.[89] Immediately following the end of the game, the Fifth Quarter Show begins as host Eli Gold talks to coaches and players and gives game statistics.[89] For the 2008 season, former Alabama players and personalities were brought on to provide guest commentary for each broadcast.[90]

Eli Gold has done play-by-play work for Alabama football since 1988.

Current radio staff:[91][92]

  • Eli Gold – play-by-play
  • John Parker Wilson – color analyst
  • Rashad Johnson – sideline reporter
  • Chris Stewart, Tyler Watts – pre- and post-game show co-host
  • Tom Roberts – director of broadcasting
  • Tom Stipe, Butch Owens, Brian Roberts – producers

Stewart and Watts also provide play-by-play and color commentary respectively for CTSN pay-per-view television broadcasts.

Former radio staff:

  • Bert Bank, founder of the Alabama Football Network, producer emeritus
  • John Forney, play-by-play
  • Jerry Duncan, sideline reporter
  • Paul Kennedy, play-by-play
  • Doug Layton, color analyst
  • Ken Stabler, color analyst[93][94]

Future opponents

Non-division conference opponents

Alabama plays Tennessee as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the East division among the other six schools.[95]

2022 2023 2024 2025[c]
at Tennessee vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Tennessee
vs Vanderbilt at Kentucky vs South Carolina at Missouri

Non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of April 26, 2020.[97]

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035
Utah State Texas Western Kentucky at Florida State at West Virginia West Virginia Ohio State at Notre Dame at Georgia Tech Georgia Tech at Oklahoma Oklahoma at Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
at Texas at South Florida South Florida Louisiana−Monroe South Florida at Ohio State at Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Notre Dame at Boston College Arizona at Arizona Boston College
Louisiana−Monroe at Wisconsin Wisconsin Florida State
Austin Peay

See also

  • List of Alabama Crimson Tide home football stadiums
  • University of Alabama traditions

Notes

  1. ^ In 1995, the NCAA forfeited Alabama eight regular season victories and one tie from the 1993 season.[98]
  2. ^ In 2009, the NCAA vacated 21 victories, including the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic, from the 2005–2007 seasons.
  3. ^ On July 1, 2025 Texas and Oklahoma are scheduled to join the SEC. This will likely alter the 2025 SEC schedule for Alabama.[96]

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Further reading

  • Barnhart, Tony; Keith Jackson (2000). Southern Fried Football: The History, Passion, and Glory of the Great Southern Game. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-60078-093-8.
  • Davis, Terry (1999). Roll Tide: The Alabama Crimson Tide Story. Creative Education. ISBN 0-88682-975-5.
  • Forney, John (1993). Talk of the Tide: an oral history of Alabama football since 1920. Crane Hill Publishers. ISBN 1-881548-03-1.
  • Gold, Eli (2005). Crimson Nation. Thomas Nelson Incorporated. ISBN 1-4016-0190-1.
  • Groom, Winston (2000). The Crimson Tide – An Illustrated History. The University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0-8173-1051-7.
  • Langford, George (1974). The Crimson Tide: Alabama Football. H. Regnery Co. ISBN 0-8092-8363-8.
  • Sharpe, Wilton (2007). Crimson Tide Madness: Great Eras in Alabama Football. Cumberland House Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58182-580-0.
  • Townsend, Steve (2003). Tales from 1978–79 Alabama Football: A Time of Champions. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-425-3.
  • Walsh, Christopher J. (2005). Crimson Storm Surge: Alabama Football Then and Now. Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 1-58979-279-3.
  • Wells, Lawrence (2000). Football Powers of the South. Sports Yearbook Company. ISBN 0-916242-27-7.
  • Athlon Sports; Mike Shula (2006). Alabama Football: The Greatest Games, Players, Coaches, and Teams in the Glorious Tradition of Crimson Tide Football. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-880-0.
  • The Tuscaloosa News; Mike Bynum, Associated Press (2003). Greatest Moments in Alabama Crimson Tide Football History. Distributors. ISBN 1-928846-65-3.

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Nick Saban once again has Alabama football in the playoff and looking to repeat as national champions.

One of the reasons that Saban has been able to keep the Crimson Tide in the playoff hunt year after year despite lots of roster attrition is recruiting at the highest level. Alabama is going to have a top-three class yet again and if things go there between now and February, they could have the No. 1 class.

Like every year, Alabama is going to be losing some key players on both sides of the ball. Wide receiver Jameson Williams is likely to be a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, as is left tackle Evan Neal. Senior running back Brian Robinson will also be off to the pros as well.

On defense, Alabama will be returning the best defensive player in the country in Will Anderson but could be losing some key contributors on the defensive line and in the secondary. There are some young guys from previous recruiting classes that are ready to step up for Alabama, but some of the guys from this early signing period could be candidates to earn playing time.

It can be tough to crack the rotation at Alabama as a true freshman, but it is not impossible. Alabama has guys like Dallas Turner, JaCorey Brooks, Agiye Hall, and JoJo Earle that are getting to play because of their talent level. If you are talented enough to play, it does not matter how young you are if you are able to help the team out.

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Alabama football has one of the best rosters in the country and just signed another top-three class. Who are some guys who could make an impact?

Nick Saban once again has Alabama football in the playoff and looking to repeat as national champions.

One of the reasons that Saban has been able to keep the Crimson Tide in the playoff hunt year after year despite lots of roster attrition is recruiting at the highest level. Alabama is going to have a top-three class yet again and if things go there between now and February, they could have the No. 1 class.

Like every year, Alabama is going to be losing some key players on both sides of the ball. Wide receiver Jameson Williams is likely to be a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, as is left tackle Evan Neal. Senior running back Brian Robinson will also be off to the pros as well.

On defense, Alabama will be returning the best defensive player in the country in Will Anderson but could be losing some key contributors on the defensive line and in the secondary. There are some young guys from previous recruiting classes that are ready to step up for Alabama, but some of the guys from this early signing period could be candidates to earn playing time.

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Here are the three early signees that could make an instant impact for Alabama next season.

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One of the areas that Alabama could lose some guys on defense is up front on the defensive line. Phidarian Mathis, DJ Dale, and Byron Young are all going to be eligible for the NFL draft. It is possible that all of these guys could leave.

If that were to happen, that means that there is going to be competition for all of the spots on the line. That could lead to a guy like Jaheim Oatis making an impact next season for Alabama.

Oatis has the potential to be the next great nose tackle at Alabama. He is a bigger guy at 6-foot-4 and 370 pounds and he can be an impact player stopping the run and eating up blocks. He is going to have to become more of a complete player and able to rush the passer to play all three downs at Alabama, however.

This is a guy that Alabama fans should become familiar with should those starters leave for the NFL.

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Jeremiah Alexander is one of the most talented edge rushers coming out of high school in this class. What makes it even better for Alabama, he is a hometown kid and is going to make an instant impact for the Tide next season.

For starters, it will be tough for Alexander to crack the rotation because of who is coming back for Alabama at the position next season. Will Anderson finished in the top-five of the Heisman voting this season and is back to wreak havoc on defense next season. Freshman sensation Dallas Turner should also keep a starting spot as well.

However, Alexander is too talented to be left on the sideline and he is going to find a way to get on the field and rush the passer.

Alexander has the talent to be the next great pass rusher at Alabama. Look for him to earn his way onto the field next fall and show why.

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One of the most underrated recruits in the nation is American Heritage cornerback Earl Little Jr. He is one of the best cover corners in the country coming out of high school and is going to have a chance to get on the field right away for Alabama.

Little was a nice recruiting win for Alabama considering that his father played at Miami and the Hurricanes made a serious run to land the talented defensive back.

Like the defensive line, Alabama could potentially lose some impact players on the back end of the defense. Josh Jobe is going to be going to the NFL and Jalyn Armour-Davis could follow him. Even if Armour Davis returns, Alabama is going to need a defensive back to step up alongside Kool-Aid McKinstry.

The incoming freshman corner has the coverage skills and versatility to get on the field right away and make an impact for the Crimson Tide next fall.

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Alabama football wrapped up spring practices with the A-Day Game this past Saturday, and now the countdown begins to fall practices in August. 

Here are things we learned this spring and questions we still have about the Crimson Tide heading into the summer.

Takeaways 

Transfers will have immediate impact again

The 2021 season doesn't seem to be a one-off. Alabama adding transfers who could not only start but have an immediate impact seems like it will become an annual event. 

Last year, linebacker Henry To'oTo'o and receiver Jameson Williams started immediately and made an immediate difference. If A-Day is any indication, running back Jahmyr Gibbs and receiver Jermaine Burton are next up. 

Burton caught three passes for 36 yards during the spring game. Afterward, Saban called him probably the most consistent receiver this spring. 

Gibbs finished his Alabama debut this past Saturday with nine rushing attempts for 100 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown scamper. 

Cornerback Eli Ricks could join them in making an impact, but he is in the process of learning the defensive system while competing with Khyree Jackson and Kool-Aid McKinstry to start on the outside. He ran with the second team in the spring game, but Saban said Alabama had to put one of the three on the second team because the staff wanted all three to receive reps. 

Plus, Vanderbilt transfer offensive tackle Tyler Steen will be joining the team this summer. 

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Edge of defense could be strength of the team

Will Anderson Jr. is far from a secret, but A-Day showed he's the headliner for a group filled with talent. 

He combined with Dallas Turner and Chris Braswell for seven sacks during the spring game. Anderson didn't even play much in the second half as to give the offense more of a chance. Otherwise, that sack number could have been higher. 

Now, A-Day is not a completely real game situation because it's two-hand touch at the quarterback. Plus, as Saban mentioned, Alabama didn't provide much assistance to the offensive line because of limited things the offense was showing in the scrimmage. 

Either way, the edge rushers showed explosiveness, strength and power. Opposing offenses will have their hands full this fall. 

Apr 16, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; White linebacker Dallas Turner (15) rushes during the A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama in a good spot at RB

That wasn't the case at the end of the 2021 season. Alabama only had two scholarship running backs available then in Brian Robinson Jr. and Trey Sanders. 

Robinson is headed to the NFL, but Alabama has restocked at the position. The biggest addition was Gibbs, but it also added a freshman in Jamarion Miller, whom Saban spoke well of this spring. 

Plus, Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams seem to be trending in a good direction after suffering knee injuries during the 2021 season. Saban noted how they didn't scrimmage , but they practiced all spring. 

Sanders is back, too. 

"I kind of like where we’re at at that position, and I hope we can get the guys back healthy and 100% by fall camp," Saban said. 

Questions heading into fall

Is A-Day indicative of what's to come for the offensive line? 

Alabama's offensive line certainly didn't look good during the spring game, surrendering 10 sacks. But context is needed with that outing.

Two players with significant starting experience were out with injuries in Emil Ekiyor Jr. at right guard and Darrian Dalcourt at center, though Seth McLaughlin filled in at that spot down the stretch. Alabama also has help coming in Steen. Add Ekiyor and possibly Steen at left tackle, and that Crimson Tide offensive line might have fared better Saturday. 

And don't forget, that group was facing what will likely be one of the best defensive fronts in the country, if not the best. 

It's too early – and perhaps unfair – to judge the offensive line based on Saturday, but the group also didn't inspire confidence. 

Is Jamil Burroughs the next star on interior defensive line? 

The junior ran with the first-team defense and performed well, tallying two sacks and two tackles for loss. That's a small sample size, but he seems to be trending in the right direction. 

He was the first player Saban mentioned when asked postgame who had made the biggest strides on the defensive front this offseason. With Phidarian Mathis going to the NFL, Alabama needs players like Burroughs to step up to provide interior rush when offenses try to counter the Crimson Tide's elite edge rushers. 

Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Alabama defensive lineman Jamil Burroughs (98) celebrates a stop with linebacker Henry To'o To'o (10) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

How long will it take for offense to jell? 

The first-team offense struggled to move the ball much at all against the first-team defense on A-Day, whether it be because of pass protection issues, turnovers or other stumbling blocks. 

That's expected, considering six of the 11 2021 starters are headed to the NFL Draft. It's going to take time for this new offense to get on the same page to try to return to 2021's level. Having a Heisman-Trophy winner in Bryce Young returning at quarterback is a good place to start. 

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Alabama football fell just short of winning back-back-to-national championships in 2021, but the Tide are going to enter as the favorites this upcoming season.

This has a chance to be an even better team than the one the Crimson Tide just fielded. They are going to have to deal with losses to the NFL as they always do, but they made smart decisions in the transfer portal and brought in another top-three recruiting class. Another thing going in Alabama’s favor is there is little coaching staff turnover this year.

Everything for Alabama is going to start with the return of Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young. Young is going to try to become only the second player to ever win the award twice and he should have another great season. Alabama added Georgia Tech running back transfer Jahmyr Gibbs to the backfield and that could be one of the best moves of the offseason.

The wide receiver room is going to be missing Jameson Williams and John Metchie, but Alabama landed Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton as a transfer and has recruited the position well.

Defensively, this team is going to be even better than they were last season. Will Anderson, who might be the best overall player in college football, is back to lead the unit. There are some losses in the secondary, but it’s another position that the Crimson Tide have gotten key transfers and recruited well.

Alabama has the most talented roster in college football and it can be tricky to figure out where all the pieces are going to fit on the depth chart.

Here is the way-too-early 2022 depth chart projection for Alabama.

After falling short of winning its second straight national championship, how will the 2022 depth chart look for Alabama football?

Alabama football fell just short of winning back-back-to-national championships in 2021, but the Tide are going to enter as the favorites this upcoming season.

This has a chance to be an even better team than the one the Crimson Tide just fielded. They are going to have to deal with losses to the NFL as they always do, but they made smart decisions in the transfer portal and brought in another top-three recruiting class. Another thing going in Alabama’s favor is there is little coaching staff turnover this year.

Everything for Alabama is going to start with the return of Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young. Young is going to try to become only the second player to ever win the award twice and he should have another great season. Alabama added Georgia Tech running back transfer Jahmyr Gibbs to the backfield and that could be one of the best moves of the offseason.

The wide receiver room is going to be missing Jameson Williams and John Metchie, but Alabama landed Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton as a transfer and has recruited the position well.

Defensively, this team is going to be even better than they were last season. Will Anderson, who might be the best overall player in college football, is back to lead the unit. There are some losses in the secondary, but it’s another position that the Crimson Tide have gotten key transfers and recruited well.

Alabama has the most talented roster in college football and it can be tricky to figure out where all the pieces are going to fit on the depth chart.

Here is the way-too-early 2022 depth chart projection for Alabama.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JANUARY 10: Bryce Young #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to take on the Georgia Bulldogs during the College Football Playoff Championship held at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)

Quarterback

Starter: Bryce Young
Backup: Jalen Milroe

Bryce Young is going to be going for his second Heisman Trophy and his first national championship in 2022. He is the most talented quarterback in the country and was great from the start of last season. This is going to be his last season in Tuscaloosa before going off to the NFL and he is hoping to go down as one of the best college quarterbacks of all time.

The only concern for Young might be that he is throwing to a mostly new receiving corps. The guys replacing John Metchie and Jameson Williams are super talented, but as we saw in the national championship game, there is still some growth to be had there. Young is the best quarterback in college football and is the favorite to go first in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The backup quarterback position is going to be key for Alabama to figure out. If Young were to get injured, nobody on the roster has any experience. Jalen Milroe will probably get the first shot, but don’t be surprised if five-star freshman Ty Simpson pushes Milroe for the backup job.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 18: Jase McClellan #21 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for yardage against Amari Burney #2 and Kaiir Elam #5 of the Florida Gators during the first quarter of a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 18, 2021 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Running Back

Starter: Jahmyr Gibbs
Backup: Jase McClellan OR Trey Sanders

Alabama is going to be missing its leading rusher from last season in Brian Robinson Jr., but they may have upgraded at the position.

Jahmyr Gibbs is coming over from Georgia Tech where he was one of the most underrated players in the country. Most may not know about Gibbs due to Georgia Tech being a terrible team, but he is one of the best all-purpose backs in the country. He can be an elite receiver out of the backfield and is a tough, physical runner. This is one of the biggest impact additions any team made in the transfer portal.

A guy that most college fans might not remember is Jase McClellan. He was having a nice season for Alabama until he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Like Gibbs, McClellan can catch the ball out of the backfield well and runs hard.

Trey Sanders is the other guy that should get carries, but he has not played up to his talent level since he arrived in Tuscaloosa, although some of that is due to injury.

Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Ja’Corey Brooks (7) runs the ball against Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Christopher Smith (29) during the first quarter in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receiver

Starting Z receiver: Ja’Corey Brooks
Backup: Traeshon Holden

Starting slot receiver: JoJo Earle
Backup: Christian Leary

Starting X reciever: Jermaine Burton
Backup: Agiye Hall

This is a talented group, but one that is largely unproven. They are going to get a big boost with the addition of Burton from Georgia and he is going to try and replace the speed that Jameson Williams brought last season. The only question is that he has never been a top option before. The potential is there however and Jermaine Burton should be fine.

The other outside receiver is going to be Ja’Corey Brooks. He had his moments as a freshman last season but was also inconsistent. He was huge in the game against Auburn and made some plays against Cincinnati in the playoff, but struggled a bit in the game against Georgia. He might be the Crimson Tide’s most talented receiver and will look to put it all together in 2022.

The slot receiver is going to be interesting. The favorite for the job is going to be the 2021 blue-chip recruit, JoJo Earle who has great speed and can stretch the field vertically and could be the breakout star on Alabama in 2022.

The backups are talented but largely unproven. Agiye Hall is going to need to step up this season. Traeshon Holden brings the most experience and should see the lineup plenty. Guys like Christian Leary and Shazz Preston are hoping to make an impact and be a difference-maker.

Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Cameron Latu (81) runs the ball after a catch against the Georgia Bulldogs in the second quarter during the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Tight End

Starter: Cameron Latu
Backup: Robbie Ouzts

This is one position that the Crimson Tide are not going to have to worry about. Cameron Latu stepped up as the starting tight end for them and was one of the best in the country.

Whether it’s blocking or being a nice option for Bryce Young to throw to, Latu was continuously dependable. Expect to see even more improvement out of him this season and really take his game to another level.

However, behind Latu, it is a little more uncertain. Jahleel Billingsly decided to transfer to Texas, leaving the backup spot to be wide open. One guy that can look to fill that role is Robbie Ouzts. While Ouzts only has one career catch, he has potential.

Alabama uses multiple tight end sets and will need a second tight end to emerge from their group.

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman JC Latham (65) blocks against the Miami Hurricanes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Line

Starting left tackle: JC Latham
Backup: Tommy Brockermeyer

Starting left guard: Javion Cohen
Backup: Terrence Ferguson

Starting center: Seth McLaughlin
Backup: Darrin Dalcourt

Starting right guard: Emil Ekiyor Jr.
Backup: Tanner Bowles

Starting right tackle: Damieon George
Backup: Tyler Booker

This is going to be a position of interest for Alabama this season. For Alabama standards, last season’s offensive line was subpar. There were games in which they allowed Bryce Young to be pressured far too often. There were other games in which the run blocking was not to the level that they needed it to be. The guy they are going to miss the most is left tackle Evan Neal, who might be the first pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

At left tackle, look for former five-star recruit JC Latham to be the guy anchoring Young’s blindside. Latham has a ton of talent and with another offseason of getting stronger and ready, should be ready to be the starting left tackle for Alabama.

If Latham is at left tackle, then Javion Cohen should slide in at left guard. Cohen has plenty of experience and should get better with another offseason under his belt. The same goes for center Seth McLaughlin and right guard Emil Ekiyor Jr. There is going to be plenty of experience in the interior and Alabama has to hope that will be their strength next season.

Right tackle was a bit of an issue for Alabama in 2021. Damieon George was inconsistent when he was in and allowed too much pressure. He gets the nod here due to experience, but it could just as easily be Tyler Booker.

Alabama defensive lineman DJ Dale (94) sacks Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the 86th Cotton Bowl in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.] College Football Playoffs Alabama Vs Cincinnati

Defensive Line

Starting defensive ends: Justin Eboigbe, Byron Young
Backups: Braylen Ingraham, Stephon Wynn Jr.

Starting nose tackle: DJ Dale
Backup: Tim Smith

This is going to be one of the best defensive lines in the country. This unit brings almost everything that you want. Experience, athleticism, and run-stopping ability. This is going to be one of the strengths of the Alabama defense and it is going to be tough for anyone to run on this defense.

It was surprising to see some of these guys come back, but a chance to get another national championship meant more than the NFL. At end, Byron Young and Justin Eboigbe return and are a force to be reckoned with inside. At nose tackle, DJ Dale might be the best run-stopping defensive lineman in the country and is the anchor of the Alabama defense.

The backups are talented and could earn their way on the field at some points during a game. One thing that Alabama certainly never seems to be lacking is versatile defensive linemen and they have plenty of them for 2022.

Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws a pass against Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31) during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama won 41-24. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Linebacker

Starting Sam linebacker: Dallas Turner
Backup: Jeremiah Alexander

Starting Middle linebacker: Henry To’oto’o
Backup: Demouy Kennedy

Starting Will linebacker: Jaylen Moody
Backup: Deontae Lawson

Starting Jack linebacker: Will Anderson
Backup: Chris Braswell

The best pass-rushing duo will reside in Tuscaloosa this upcoming season. While Bryce Young won the Heisman this past season, many would say that the best player in college football was Anderson who wreaked havoc on opponents all season and had one of the most dominant seasons by a defensive player in recent memory. He is back for one last season at Alabama and is going to be on every major award list for a defensive player.

In the middle, Henry To’oto’o is back and that is going to serve him and Alabama well. He is a good run stopper, but can get picked on in pass coverage, which was evident in the national championship game. With another offseason under his belt, expect an even better season. Jaylen Moody is a player that has some experience and should be ready for a starting role in 2022.

On the opposite end of Anderson is going to be Dallas Turner. He was a former five-star recruit who really started to flash his elite ability towards the end of the season. Expect an even bigger season from Turner with him starting from day one this season.

Oct 16, 2021; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jordan Battle (9) reacts after an interception against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the fourth quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Secondary

Starting cornerbacks: Kool-Aid McKinstry, Eli Ricks
Backups: Khyree Jackson, Terrion Arnold

Starting safeties: Jordan Battle, DeMarcco Hellams
Backups: Daniel Wright, DeVonta Smith

Starting Star: Brian Branch
Backup: Malachi Moore

Like the rest of their defense, there is not a hole to be found in Alabama’s secondary.

Yes, they do lose cornerbacks Josh Jobe and Jalyn Armour-Davis, but they are going to have capable replacements. The starting safeties return and this is a secondary that is loaded with talent and depth.

At corner, look for star freshman Kool-Aid McKinstry to build upon what was a really good true freshman season. McKinstry is going to be the next first-round corner at Alabama and is due for a big season. On the opposite side, LSU transfer Eli Ricks is going to be starting and he was playing at an All-American level in 2020. If Ricks is back to that form, this is going to be the best corner duo in the country.

Safety is going to see two familiar faces for Alabama in Jordan Battle and DeMarcco Hellams. These were the two starters this year and they opted to return to Tuscaloosa instead of entering the NFL Draft. At star, both Brian Branch and Malachi Moore are big-time players and offer more elite play in the secondary.

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It's been 12 long years since Alabama football fans have filed into Bryant-Denny Stadium and been treated to a non-conference Power Five opponent. So long that coach Nick Saban's first signing class – Julio & Co. – dotted the field in a 24-3 drubbing of Penn State in a game broadcast in primetime by ESPN on Sept. 11, 2010.

The atmosphere was downright electric. Not Iron Bowl electric, but juiced like few if any September home games since. 

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This offseason marks a turn in Crimson Tide football scheduling that represents a farewell to the neutral-site opener. For season-ticket holders who have had a hard time getting to Dallas or Atlanta the last decade, it's beyond time for the return of home-and-home contracts with top-tier competition. The fan experience for neutral-site games has its appeal but also comes at a price for tickets, travel and lodging that can be on par with a trip to a non-playoff bowl game.

Fortunately, it's a new day: Alabama will travel to Texas this fall – its first game against Texas since winning the 2009 national championship in the Rose Bowl – and play host to the Longhorns in 2023. That game will be just the second time Alabama has played host to a non-conference Power Five foe in the Saban era, with the aforementioned Penn State game being the first. 

It will also serve as a sneak peek at a future conference opponent, as Texas and Oklahoma are set to formally join the SEC in 2025.

 The neutral-site opener has certainly been good to Alabama, and it had a purpose to serve, but that purpose had largely outlived its usefulness. As Saban set about building the program in the late 2000s, the recruiting exposure afforded by neutral-site games was significant. Playing in a major metropolitan area like Atlanta or Dallas, particularly on a kickoff-classic weekend with little if any football competition elsewhere on the dial, amounted to a fine TV commercial for the program.

Alabama now recruits on a national level with a sustained success that's built more on the program's track record than exposure. The neutral-site squeeze doesn't render enough juice anymore, but in the win-loss column it tasted pretty good.

The Crimson Tide lost its first neutral-site game under Saban – to Florida State in 2007, in Jacksonville, Florida. Since then it's gone 11-0 in neutral-site regular-season games with wins over the likes of Clemson, Michigan, USC, Wisconsin and others. 

The record by city: 7-0 in Atlanta. 3-0 in Dallas, plus a win in Orlando. 

Great results, to be sure, but that's essentially an entire season of high-profile games played away from home. Alabama fans are past due for a few more at BDS.

And with a little patience, they won’t even have to wait through alternate years to see a marquee non-conference game. UA has lined up two home-and-home series concurrently on some future schedules, beginning in 2026 against West Virginia and FSU. Thanks to the advent of the College Football Playoff, strength of schedule means more than it ever has, which has freed programs across the country to toughen their schedules. 

And not a minute too soon, Alabama is toughening the slate at Bryant-Denny. 

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