Tuesday, January 22, 2019

CECIL HURT: Jalen Hurts’ career not over, but will he finish it at Alabama?

Somewhere in Jalen Hurts’ apartment, stacked in a closet perhaps or tucked away in a box under his bed, is a career’s worth of awards, recognizing honors he received ranging from SEC Offensive Player of the Year to 2017...

CECIL HURT: Will be tough for Oklahoma to ‘break serve’ against Alabama

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill likes everything about Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. McNeill likes Tagovailoa’s poise, his athleticism and his arm strength. The characteristic McNeill finds most engaging, though, isn’t one of those. It’s that Tagovailoa throws the ball left-handed. “I’ve...

CECIL HURT: 2019 class could form solid foundation for UA

There are difficulties in evaluating a recruiting class when there is still more recruiting left to go. Alabama will have another signing day in February. That doesn’t mean any turn of events is likely to knock the Crimson Tide out...

CECIL HURT: Alabama can add to an already impressive signing class

Nick Saban, in the midst of preparing his football team for a College Football Playoff semifinal game, was also playing the numbers game Wednesday. That was natural, since National Signing Day at Alabama under Saban is almost always involves one...

CECIL HURT: A look inside the Heisman voting

Tua Tagovailoa did not win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. The outcome didn’t match my ballot, which was 1) Tagovailoa 2) Kyler Murray and 3) Dwayne Haskins. This was my first time ever to vote for three quarterbacks, but...

CECIL HURT: Other Alabama players deserve praise during award week

College football’s awards weekend is in full swing and the Alabama trophy case, otherwise known as the largest independent hardware store in the USA, is continuing to grow. Thursday night’s haul from Atlanta — awards for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa,...

CECIL HURT: What award is there for Nick Saban?

This just in… Kentucky’s Mark Stoops has been named the Associated Press Southeastern Conference Football Coach of the Year. This is not a call for a recount, or for a hasty journey to Florida to see if there are a...

CECIL HURT: Circumstances changed for Jalen Hurts, but his heart never did

Heart. Forget about the heart Alabama ripped out of Georgia’s chest when it batted away Jake Fromm’s last pass, leaving it to lie alongside its still-beating twin on the opposite side of the end zone where the Crimson Tide removed...

CECIL HURT: A look back at Alabama in Atlanta

On Saturday, the Alabama football team will make its 10th trip to Atlanta to play in an SEC Championship Game. That’s a remarkable stretch of success, especially considering that Alabama also appeared in the two games played in Birmingham...

CECIL HURT: Buckeyes, Sooners will be cheering for Alabama

All together now, Oklahoma Sooner fans. You can do it if you try hard. Say “Roooolll Tide!!!” Maybe Ohio State fans would prefer a sing-a-long. If Lynyrd Skynyrd is too much of a reach for the Buckeye faithful in Sweet Home...
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