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The Alabama Crimson Tide will be without a four-star member of their 2015 recruiting class for the upcoming college football season.
According to a report from 247 Sports, 2015 defensive end signee Anfernee Jennings will be forced to miss the season after undergoing surgery to repair a bulding disk in his back.
Jennings is expected to make a full recovery following the surgery and will likely take a medical redshirt.
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Jennings was the No. 6 overall recruit in the state of Alabama and the No. 11-ranked weakside defensive end recruit in the nation.
While he will have to wait to begin his college career, his future remains bright.
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EUGENE, Oregon -

Junior sprinter Steven Gayle and sophomore triple jumper Jeremiah Green produced memorable performances for the Crimson Tide on Friday, the final day of competition for Alabama athletes at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The Crimson Tide men finished the team race with eight points while the women's team has scored 10 points in the team standings entering Saturday.

Competing in the final of the men's 400 meters in his NCAA meet debut, Gayle finished a surprising fifth with a time of 46.32 seconds approximately one hour after running the second leg on Alabama's eighth-place 4x100-meter relay squad. Those performances earned Gayle two First Team All-America honors on the day.

"Steven was impressive today and, really, all week," Crimson Tide head coach Dan Waters said. "Running from lane one is always extremely difficult because of the tight turns. It's usually a death knell for finishing well in any race. For him to run as strong as he did today shows what he is capable of. We're very proud of him. He had a great year, improved throughout the season, and he's set himself up for an excellent senior season next year."

"It was a great experience today, but it was rough running in lane one (in the 400) into the wind," Gayle said. "But I was in it most of the way and I thought I ran a pretty good race. I wasn't expected to be in the final and no one really had me ranked very high, so I am very happy with how it went for me this week and what it means for my potential

Alabama sophomore Jeremiah Green produced the best triple jump mark under any conditions by any Crimson Tide triple jumper in 22 years on the way to a sixth-place finish. The leap of 54 feet, 1 3/4 inches (16.50 meters) was produced with the aid of a 4.3-meters per second tailwind (well beyond the legal limit for records purposes of 2.0 mps).

"Jeremiah had a big jump, a PR, in the biggest meet of our season and that's something he can build on," Waters said. "We're very pleased with how he competed today. He has the potential to be the best out there and he was in contention for a top-three finish all the way through. It's a good finish to his season, getting First Team All-America."

"This was the toughest day I've ever had in triple jumping, but I'm really happy to get a PR and finish so high," Green said. "Once I got a big jump that allowed me to relax for the rest of the way."

In the men's 4x100-meter relay, Alabama ran in lane one with the quartet of Tony Brown II, Steven Gayle, Ahmed Ali and Tadashi Pinder. Five of the eight teams in the final were from SEC schools (Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida and Alabama). Arkansas won the relay in 38.47 seconds with TCU second (38.59), LSU third (38.62) and Southern California fourth (38.75). Alabama was eighth in a time of 39.63. All four members of the Tide's relay team earned First Team All-America status by virtue of their finals appearance and top-8 finish.

"We were in lane one again, and we ran an outstanding time coming out of that lane on this track," Waters said. "I couldn't be happier with the relay. They were put together as a team late in the year, ran together for the first time at this meet, and ran very well here this week. It's very difficult to run under 41 seconds in lane one on this track. We ran 39.63. That's an impressive performance, especially considering the relative inexperience of this group and their unfamiliarity running together."

Summaries of Alabama's competition at the NCAA meet on Friday: 

MEN'S 400 METERS (FINAL) - Crimson Tide junior Steven Gayle had a tough assignment on Friday in his NCAA meet debut, running into a stiff breeze from lane one in the eight-man final of the men's 400 meters. Defending champion and pre-meet favorite Deon Lendore of Texas A&M and LSU's Vernon Norwood went to the lead early before Lendore pulled up with an injury after the first turn while Gayle was in contention in the top five. Entering the second turn, Gayle was in fifth place and charging for a top-three finish. As the sprinters entered the final straightaway Gayle and Florida's Najee Glass were in a tight battle for fourth with Norwood leading the pack well ahead of Oregon's Marcus Chambers and Illinois' DJ Zahn. That's how it ended with Norwood winning in 45.10, Chambers second (45.59) and Zahn third (45.97). Gayle and Glass were virtually even at the finish with Glass edging Gayle for fourth place by .01. Glass ran 46.31 with Gayle fifth in 46.32, well off Gayle's 2015 best of 45.67 but earning him a surprisingly high NCAA finish and First Team All-America honors while scoring four points for the Tide in the team standings.

MEN'S 4X100-METER RELAY (FINAL) - Eight teams competed in the finals of the men's 4x100-meter relay on Friday afternoon. Alabama ran in lane one with the quartet of Tony Brown II, Steven Gayle, Ahmed Ali and Tadashi Pinder. Five of the eight teams in the final were from SEC schools (Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida and Alabama). Arkansas won the relay in 38.47 seconds with TCU second (38.59), LSU third (38.62) and Southern California fourth (38.75). Alabama was eighth in a time of 39.63. All four members of the Tide's relay team earned First Team All-America status by virtue of their finals appearance and top-8 finish.

MEN'S HIGH JUMP (FINAL) - Alabama junior Justin Fondren cleared the opening height of 6 feet, 9 1/4 inches (2.08 meters) on his first attempt, then cleared 6-11 1/2 (2.12m) on the first attempt to share the lead with five other jumpers through the first two heights. Fondren missed all three attempts at the next height (7-1; 2.16m) to exit the competition. He finished 14th overall. Fondren jumped 12th in the order of 24 jumpers who competed on Friday. Jacorian Duffield of Texas Tech won the high jump with a final clearance of 7-5 ¼ (2.28m).

Alabama Series - Fondren - 6-9 1/4 (2.08m)-o; 6-11 1/2 (2.12m)-o; 7-1 (2.16m)-xxx.

MEN'S DISCUS (FINAL) - Defending NCAA outdoor champion Hayden Reed, a sophomore at Alabama, finished 12th overall and out of the points in the men's discus final but earned Second Team All-America honors. The top nine marks through three rounds competed for the top eight positions overall. The field of 24 competitors in the final competed in two flights (sections) of 12 athletes. Reed began the day in the first flight of 12 and through three attempts was in third place in his section with a best of 190 feet even (57.93 meters), which was on his only legal throw of the first three rounds. He then waited for the completion of the second flight to see if he would advance to the final three rounds. Reed tumbled down the standings as the second flight progressed, eventually being eliminated from the final three rounds to end his day. Sam Mattis of Penn won the discus with a throw of 205-0 (62.48m).

Alabama Series - Reed - 190-0 (57.93m); foul; foul.

MEN'S TRIPLE JUMP (FINAL) - Alabama sophomore Jeremiah Green produced the best triple jump mark under any conditions by any Crimson Tide triple jumper in 22 years on Friday on the way to a sixth-place finish. The leap of 54 feet, 1 3/4 inches (16.50 meters) was produced with the aid of a 4.3-meters per second tailwind (well beyond the legal limit for records purposes of 2.0 mps). Green fouled on his first round attempt, then leaped his wind-aided 54-1 3/4 (16.50m) mark in the second round to move into third place behind Florida's defending champion Marquis Dendy (57-5w; 17.50m in the first round) and Texas A&M's Latario Collie (54-2 3/4w; 16.53m in the second round). That leap is the longest by an Alabama jumper in any conditions since 1993 when David Nti-Berko went 54-8 1/4 (16.66m) in 1993. Green fouled in the third round, but easily advanced to the final three rounds that featured the nine best marks from the first three jumps to compete for the championship. Green entered the final three rounds in third place behind Dendy and Collie, who had improved to 55-9 3/4w (17.01m; w: +3.8) in the third round. Green fouled in the fourth round but maintained third place through the fifth round when he leaped 52-2 1/2 (15.91m) (w: +4.5). Green fouled on his sixth and final attempt, dropping to sixth overall in the final standings as Donald Scott of Eastern Michigan, Ben Williams of Louisville and Jonathan Reid of Florida State all passed him in the sixth round to take third through fifth place. Dendy won the title with a best of 58-1 1/4 (17.71m), a mark that bettered the existing collegiate record and NCAA meet record but will not count for records purposes due to an excessive tailwind of 2.4 mps. Collie was second for A&M.

Alabama Series - Green - foul; 54-1 3/4w (16.50m) (wind: +4.3 mps); foul; foul; 52-2 1/2w (15.91m) (w: +4.5); foul.

2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships

Hayward Field - Eugene, Oregon

Friday, June 12, 2015

MEN

400 Meters (Final) - 5. Steven Gayle, 46.32.

4x100-Meter Relay (Final) - 8. (Tony Brown II, Steven Gayle, Ahmed Ali, Tadashi Pinder), 39.63.

High Jump (Final) - 14. Justin Fondren, 6-11 1/2 (2.12m).

Triple Jump (Final) - 6. Jeremiah Green, 54-1 3/4w (16.50m) (wind: +4.2 mps).

Discus (Final) - 12. Hayden Reed, 190-0 (57.93m).


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EUGENE, Oregon –

Junior sprinter Steven Gayle and sophomore triple jumper Jeremiah Green produced memorable performances for the Crimson Tide on Friday, the final day of competition for Alabama athletes at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The Crimson Tide men finished the team race with eight points while the women’s team has scored 10 points in the team standings entering Saturday.

Competing in the final of the men’s 400 meters in his NCAA meet debut, Gayle finished a surprising fifth with a time of 46.32 seconds approximately one hour after running the second leg on Alabama’s eighth-place 4×100-meter relay squad. Those performances earned Gayle two First Team All-America honors on the day.

“Steven was impressive today and, really, all week,” Crimson Tide head coach Dan Waters said. “Running from lane one is always extremely difficult because of the tight turns. It’s usually a death knell for finishing well in any race. For him to run as strong as he did today shows what he is capable of. We’re very proud of him. He had a great year, improved throughout the season, and he’s set himself up for an excellent senior season next year.”

“It was a great experience today, but it was rough running in lane one (in the 400) into the wind,” Gayle said. “But I was in it most of the way and I thought I ran a pretty good race. I wasn’t expected to be in the final and no one really had me ranked very high, so I am very happy with how it went for me this week and what it means for my potential

Alabama sophomore Jeremiah Green produced the best triple jump mark under any conditions by any Crimson Tide triple jumper in 22 years on the way to a sixth-place finish. The leap of 54 feet, 1 3/4 inches (16.50 meters) was produced with the aid of a 4.3-meters per second tailwind (well beyond the legal limit for records purposes of 2.0 mps).

“Jeremiah had a big jump, a PR, in the biggest meet of our season and that’s something he can build on,” Waters said. “We’re very pleased with how he competed today. He has the potential to be the best out there and he was in contention for a top-three finish all the way through. It’s a good finish to his season, getting First Team All-America.”

“This was the toughest day I’ve ever had in triple jumping, but I’m really happy to get a PR and finish so high,” Green said. “Once I got a big jump that allowed me to relax for the rest of the way.”

In the men’s 4×100-meter relay, Alabama ran in lane one with the quartet of Tony Brown II, Steven Gayle, Ahmed Ali and Tadashi Pinder. Five of the eight teams in the final were from SEC schools (Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida and Alabama). Arkansas won the relay in 38.47 seconds with TCU second (38.59), LSU third (38.62) and Southern California fourth (38.75). Alabama was eighth in a time of 39.63. All four members of the Tide’s relay team earned First Team All-America status by virtue of their finals appearance and top-8 finish.

“We were in lane one again, and we ran an outstanding time coming out of that lane on this track,” Waters said. “I couldn’t be happier with the relay. They were put together as a team late in the year, ran together for the first time at this meet, and ran very well here this week. It’s very difficult to run under 41 seconds in lane one on this track. We ran 39.63. That’s an impressive performance, especially considering the relative inexperience of this group and their unfamiliarity running together.”

Summaries of Alabama’s competition at the NCAA meet on Friday: 

MEN’S 400 METERS (FINAL) – Crimson Tide junior Steven Gayle had a tough assignment on Friday in his NCAA meet debut, running into a stiff breeze from lane one in the eight-man final of the men’s 400 meters. Defending champion and pre-meet favorite Deon Lendore of Texas A&M and LSU’s Vernon Norwood went to the lead early before Lendore pulled up with an injury after the first turn while Gayle was in contention in the top five. Entering the second turn, Gayle was in fifth place and charging for a top-three finish. As the sprinters entered the final straightaway Gayle and Florida’s Najee Glass were in a tight battle for fourth with Norwood leading the pack well ahead of Oregon’s Marcus Chambers and Illinois’ DJ Zahn. That’s how it ended with Norwood winning in 45.10, Chambers second (45.59) and Zahn third (45.97). Gayle and Glass were virtually even at the finish with Glass edging Gayle for fourth place by .01. Glass ran 46.31 with Gayle fifth in 46.32, well off Gayle’s 2015 best of 45.67 but earning him a surprisingly high NCAA finish and First Team All-America honors while scoring four points for the Tide in the team standings.

MEN’S 4X100-METER RELAY (FINAL) – Eight teams competed in the finals of the men’s 4×100-meter relay on Friday afternoon. Alabama ran in lane one with the quartet of Tony Brown II, Steven Gayle, Ahmed Ali and Tadashi Pinder. Five of the eight teams in the final were from SEC schools (Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida and Alabama). Arkansas won the relay in 38.47 seconds with TCU second (38.59), LSU third (38.62) and Southern California fourth (38.75). Alabama was eighth in a time of 39.63. All four members of the Tide’s relay team earned First Team All-America status by virtue of their finals appearance and top-8 finish.

MEN’S HIGH JUMP (FINAL) – Alabama junior Justin Fondren cleared the opening height of 6 feet, 9 1/4 inches (2.08 meters) on his first attempt, then cleared 6-11 1/2 (2.12m) on the first attempt to share the lead with five other jumpers through the first two heights. Fondren missed all three attempts at the next height (7-1; 2.16m) to exit the competition. He finished 14th overall. Fondren jumped 12th in the order of 24 jumpers who competed on Friday. Jacorian Duffield of Texas Tech won the high jump with a final clearance of 7-5 ¼ (2.28m).

Alabama Series – Fondren – 6-9 1/4 (2.08m)-o; 6-11 1/2 (2.12m)-o; 7-1 (2.16m)-xxx.

MEN’S DISCUS (FINAL) – Defending NCAA outdoor champion Hayden Reed, a sophomore at Alabama, finished 12th overall and out of the points in the men’s discus final but earned Second Team All-America honors. The top nine marks through three rounds competed for the top eight positions overall. The field of 24 competitors in the final competed in two flights (sections) of 12 athletes. Reed began the day in the first flight of 12 and through three attempts was in third place in his section with a best of 190 feet even (57.93 meters), which was on his only legal throw of the first three rounds. He then waited for the completion of the second flight to see if he would advance to the final three rounds. Reed tumbled down the standings as the second flight progressed, eventually being eliminated from the final three rounds to end his day. Sam Mattis of Penn won the discus with a throw of 205-0 (62.48m).

Alabama Series – Reed – 190-0 (57.93m); foul; foul.

MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP (FINAL) – Alabama sophomore Jeremiah Green produced the best triple jump mark under any conditions by any Crimson Tide triple jumper in 22 years on Friday on the way to a sixth-place finish. The leap of 54 feet, 1 3/4 inches (16.50 meters) was produced with the aid of a 4.3-meters per second tailwind (well beyond the legal limit for records purposes of 2.0 mps). Green fouled on his first round attempt, then leaped his wind-aided 54-1 3/4 (16.50m) mark in the second round to move into third place behind Florida’s defending champion Marquis Dendy (57-5w; 17.50m in the first round) and Texas A&M’s Latario Collie (54-2 3/4w; 16.53m in the second round). That leap is the longest by an Alabama jumper in any conditions since 1993 when David Nti-Berko went 54-8 1/4 (16.66m) in 1993. Green fouled in the third round, but easily advanced to the final three rounds that featured the nine best marks from the first three jumps to compete for the championship. Green entered the final three rounds in third place behind Dendy and Collie, who had improved to 55-9 3/4w (17.01m; w: +3.8) in the third round. Green fouled in the fourth round but maintained third place through the fifth round when he leaped 52-2 1/2 (15.91m) (w: +4.5). Green fouled on his sixth and final attempt, dropping to sixth overall in the final standings as Donald Scott of Eastern Michigan, Ben Williams of Louisville and Jonathan Reid of Florida State all passed him in the sixth round to take third through fifth place. Dendy won the title with a best of 58-1 1/4 (17.71m), a mark that bettered the existing collegiate record and NCAA meet record but will not count for records purposes due to an excessive tailwind of 2.4 mps. Collie was second for A&M.

Alabama Series – Green – foul; 54-1 3/4w (16.50m) (wind: +4.3 mps); foul; foul; 52-2 1/2w (15.91m) (w: +4.5); foul.

2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships

Hayward Field – Eugene, Oregon

Friday, June 12, 2015

MEN

400 Meters (Final) – 5. Steven Gayle, 46.32.

4×100-Meter Relay (Final) – 8. (Tony Brown II, Steven Gayle, Ahmed Ali, Tadashi Pinder), 39.63.

High Jump (Final) – 14. Justin Fondren, 6-11 1/2 (2.12m).

Triple Jump (Final) – 6. Jeremiah Green, 54-1 3/4w (16.50m) (wind: +4.2 mps).

Discus (Final) – 12. Hayden Reed, 190-0 (57.93m).


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Former Alabama Crimson Tide star Chance Warmack has been enjoying himself in Nashville as he prepares for the upcoming season with the Tennessee Titans, but while he was out on the town he came across a piece of memorabilia from his alma mater.
Warmack took to social media to share what he found and it was a one-of-a-kind Alabama championship belt.

Went out last night and guess what I found. Alabama fans everywhere even in Nashville. #rolltide #rtr #titanup #warmackin #Nashville
A photo posted by Chance Warmack (@warmackin) on Jun 12, 2015 at 10:36am PDT

The College Football Playoff should take notice and start handing out championship belts to players. Then, if they sell replicas to the fans, that’s just another way to come away with an extra profit.
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Over the last two seasons, the second half of that equation has been more myth than reality.

The Crimson Tide secondary finished 11th in the SEC in pass defense last year after it gave up 226 yards per game, more passing plays of 10 or more yards (133) than any team in the SEC and the second-most first downs (15) in obvious passing situations (3rd-and-10 or more) in the conference.

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Alabama DB Eddie Jackson (right)

The year before, Alabama got picked apart by teams that could actually throw the ball and finished eighth in the SEC in third-down passing conversions of 10 or more yards (eight).

What seemed like an anomaly has become a trend under head coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart—both of whom were hands-on with their defensive backs in practice.

Will Alabama's secondary go from pushover to power in 2015? 

Yep. Here's why.

An Established Leader

The secondary seemed more like the punchline to a bad joke in 2014, but it wasn't Cyrus Jones' fault.

The 5'10", 196-pounder from Baltimore earned a starting nod at corner before the season and steadily transformed into a star as the season progressed. He finished the year with three picks, a team-high 13 pass breakups and second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press (via USA Today). Not bad for a guy who, as Matt Zenitz of AL.com notes, put off hip surgery and played through the pain.

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Alabama CB Cyrus Jones

He missed spring practice recovering from surgery for that torn labrum in his hip but should be 100 percent this fall. 

As Zenitz noted in April, he has the confidence from last season's personal success and the motivation to fix the perception of the Alabama defense.

"Now I know what I can do, and I know my abilities, and I know the defense," Jones told Zenitz. "Now it's just up to me to just go out there and play and prove everyone wrong who has something bad to say about it."

His presence and established success at corner will help stabilize the secondary and give Saban and his staff  a nice foundation as they fill out the rest of the depth chart during fall camp.

A Fresh Face

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Alabama DB coach Mel Tucker

Whatever Saban and Smart were doing over the last few years was clearly not working the way that it should. That doesn't fall squarely on the coaching staff, although it should shoulder some of the blame.

New secondary coach Mel Tucker was brought in as a fresh set of eyes to try to fix the glitch.

Tucker was most recently the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2013 to 2014 and served in the same capacity for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-2012) and Cleveland Browns (2008). He has also served as the defensive backs coach for the Browns (2005-2007), Ohio State (2001-2004)—where he won a national title in 2002—LSU (2000) and Miami-Ohio (1999).

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban

"I've known Mel for almost 20 years going back to Michigan State when I hired him as a graduate assistant," said Saban, according to Alabama's official site. "He is an outstanding coach all the way around and really does an excellent job in terms of teaching the players. When you look at his college and NFL experience, his resume is very impressive."

His presence takes pressure off Saban and allows Smart to move back down to coaching inside linebackers. Basically, Saban and Smart recognized the problem and brought in Tucker as the elixir. 

How much will things change under Tucker? Saban and Smart will still have their hands in the cookie jar to an extent, but it's Tucker's show for the most part, and that new set of eyes couldn't hurt.

A Blessing in Disguise

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Alabama CB Tony Brown (left)

Jones' absence this spring could be a blessing in disguise for the cornerbacks, because it allowed even more first-team snaps for players who are vying for the top spot on the depth chart.

Who took advantage the most? Sophomore Tony Brown seems like the big winner.

The 6'0", 195-pounder from Beaumont, Texas, played with the first team in the spring game and had three tackles, one for a loss and one quarterback hurry, according to stats released by Alabama. As Marc Torrence noted on Bleacher Report following the spring game, Brown should start alongside Jones barring something crazy happening this summer.

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Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey

Jones' absence also allowed more reps for Bradley Sylve, Anthony Averett and Marlon Humphrey, all of whom will see time either as reserves or at nickel.

What's more, the move of former cornerback and part-time starter Eddie Jackson to safety indicates that Tucker has already put together some pieces of the puzzle.

Geno Smith will join Jackson at safety after spending the majority of his career at nickel, sophomore Hootie Jones has boat loads of potential, and early enrollee Ronnie Harrison was the talk of spring practice in the defensive backfield.

"The freshman is impressing me a lot. He’s just showing a lot of instinctiveness out there on the field,” Jones said, according to Alex Byington of the Times Daily. "He’s still getting it mentally, and that’s going to take time, but he’s definitely a football player. So he’s one of the guys that’s impressed me a lot."

In 15 short practices, Tucker already has made tremendous progress in getting the secondary shuffle sorted out.

That bodes well for the future. 

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com unless otherwise noted, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports' composite rankings.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and college football video analyst for Bleacher Report, as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius 93, XM 208.

Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Alabama used to be known as a program that not only sent members of its secondary to the NFL but also produced a top-tier pass defense while those players were on the Crimson Tide roster.

Over the last two seasons, the second half of that equation has been more myth than reality.

The Crimson Tide secondary finished 11th in the SEC in pass defense last year after it gave up 226 yards per game, more passing plays of 10 or more yards (133) than any team in the SEC and the second-most first downs (15) in obvious passing situations (3rd-and-10 or more) in the conference.


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Alabama DB Eddie Jackson (right)

The year before, Alabama got picked apart by teams that could actually throw the ball and finished eighth in the SEC in third-down passing conversions of 10 or more yards (eight).

What seemed like an anomaly has become a trend under head coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart—both of whom were hands-on with their defensive backs in practice.

Will Alabama’s secondary go from pushover to power in 2015? 

Yep. Here’s why.

An Established Leader

The secondary seemed more like the punchline to a bad joke in 2014, but it wasn’t Cyrus Jones’ fault.

The 5’10”, 196-pounder from Baltimore earned a starting nod at corner before the season and steadily transformed into a star as the season progressed. He finished the year with three picks, a team-high 13 pass breakups and second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press (via USA Today). Not bad for a guy who, as Matt Zenitz of AL.com notes, put off hip surgery and played through the pain.


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Alabama CB Cyrus Jones

He missed spring practice recovering from surgery for that torn labrum in his hip but should be 100 percent this fall. 

As Zenitz noted in April, he has the confidence from last season’s personal success and the motivation to fix the perception of the Alabama defense.

“Now I know what I can do, and I know my abilities, and I know the defense,” Jones told Zenitz. “Now it’s just up to me to just go out there and play and prove everyone wrong who has something bad to say about it.”

His presence and established success at corner will help stabilize the secondary and give Saban and his staff  a nice foundation as they fill out the rest of the depth chart during fall camp.

A Fresh Face


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Alabama DB coach Mel Tucker

Whatever Saban and Smart were doing over the last few years was clearly not working the way that it should. That doesn’t fall squarely on the coaching staff, although it should shoulder some of the blame.

New secondary coach Mel Tucker was brought in as a fresh set of eyes to try to fix the glitch.

Tucker was most recently the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2013 to 2014 and served in the same capacity for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-2012) and Cleveland Browns (2008). He has also served as the defensive backs coach for the Browns (2005-2007), Ohio State (2001-2004)—where he won a national title in 2002—LSU (2000) and Miami-Ohio (1999).


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Alabama head coach Nick Saban

“I’ve known Mel for almost 20 years going back to Michigan State when I hired him as a graduate assistant,” said Saban, according to Alabama’s official site. “He is an outstanding coach all the way around and really does an excellent job in terms of teaching the players. When you look at his college and NFL experience, his resume is very impressive.”

His presence takes pressure off Saban and allows Smart to move back down to coaching inside linebackers. Basically, Saban and Smart recognized the problem and brought in Tucker as the elixir. 

How much will things change under Tucker? Saban and Smart will still have their hands in the cookie jar to an extent, but it’s Tucker’s show for the most part, and that new set of eyes couldn’t hurt.

A Blessing in Disguise


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Alabama CB Tony Brown (left)

Jones’ absence this spring could be a blessing in disguise for the cornerbacks, because it allowed even more first-team snaps for players who are vying for the top spot on the depth chart.

Who took advantage the most? Sophomore Tony Brown seems like the big winner.

The 6’0″, 195-pounder from Beaumont, Texas, played with the first team in the spring game and had three tackles, one for a loss and one quarterback hurry, according to stats released by Alabama. As Marc Torrence noted on Bleacher Report following the spring game, Brown should start alongside Jones barring something crazy happening this summer.


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Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey

Jones’ absence also allowed more reps for Bradley Sylve, Anthony Averett and Marlon Humphrey, all of whom will see time either as reserves or at nickel.

What’s more, the move of former cornerback and part-time starter Eddie Jackson to safety indicates that Tucker has already put together some pieces of the puzzle.

Geno Smith will join Jackson at safety after spending the majority of his career at nickel, sophomore Hootie Jones has boat loads of potential, and early enrollee Ronnie Harrison was the talk of spring practice in the defensive backfield.

“The freshman is impressing me a lot. He’s just showing a lot of instinctiveness out there on the field,” Jones said, according to Alex Byington of the Times Daily. “He’s still getting it mentally, and that’s going to take time, but he’s definitely a football player. So he’s one of the guys that’s impressed me a lot.”

In 15 short practices, Tucker already has made tremendous progress in getting the secondary shuffle sorted out.

That bodes well for the future. 

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com unless otherwise noted, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports’ composite rankings.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and college football video analyst for Bleacher Report, as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius 93, XM 208.

Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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When you’re being arrested — which is an issue in and of itself — not often does it come to mind to be proud of your wrong-doings.
In this specific instance, however, we may have found the kind of all idiots, who decided showing off his Alabama Crimson Tide tattoo was imperative for his mugshot.
 

Bama fan gets mugshot. Makes sure Bama arm tattoo makes picture. (via @rach_emerson pic.twitter.com/BCGfO4jwZt
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) June 11, 2015

Just curious, man, what are you thinking?  I get you’re a proud Tide fan, but you’re better off showing it when you’re not behind bars.  Nonetheless, you should go down in history for one of the all-time stupidest fans of all time and I sincerely congratulate on that.
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EUGENE, Oregon - Crimson Tide sophomore Quanesha Burks (Hartselle, Alabama) became the Crimson Tide's first women's NCAA champion in a jumping event since 1989 by winning the women's long jump with a wind-aided best of 22 feet, 8 inches (6.91 meters) on her fifth attempt of the six-round final on Thursday at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. Burks pulled out the victory over two competitors from the University of Oregon who were competing with a boisterous crowd cheering for them on their home field.

"I am just so thrilled to win this title with Alabama on my uniform," said Burks, a product of Hartselle High School. "I felt great today. It's a great event with a terrific atmosphere. The competition went about how I thought it would. Coach (Miguel) Pate had me prepared. He didn't have to give a motivational speech when we spoke earlier today. He just said I was ready. His confidence in me made it all possible."

"Quanesha and I plotted out the competition last week and we both knew she would probably have to jump 6.80 (22 feet, 3 ¾ inches) to win, and that's what happened," said Crimson Tide assistant coach Miguel Pate, a former NCAA champion for the Tide who coaches the jumps and is Burks' primary coach. "She impressed me today. She was poised in a difficult environment, responded when the competition stepped up, and was totally composed the whole way. I can't say enough about what she did today. That's the best series I've ever seen, and to do it in this competition says everything about her ability, her competitive nature, and her maturity."

"I was so proud of Quanesha today, not just because she won, but because she competed with such poise and maturity in an atmosphere that was boisterous with her closest competition coming from two athletes on their home field," said Alabama head coach Dan Waters. "That's amazing, and it makes her victory even more remarkable. To come through in that atmosphere on the fifth jump with so much on the line is an incredible accomplishment."

Due to winds exceeding the legal limit of two meters per second, none of Burks' jumps qualify for records purposes, but her series still stands as the finest six long jumps in Alabama history as all six marks would rank in the Crimson Tide all-time top 10. Her winning leap exceeded her school record of 22-5 1/4 (6.84m) by 2 3/4 inches.

Burks, the NCAA East Preliminary and SEC champion in the women's long jump, has virtually re-written the all-time Alabama list in the event and currently owns nine of the 10 best marks in Crimson Tide history while having broken four times this season the former school record set by Flora Hyacinth in 1987. Burks became Alabama's first women's long jump NCAA champion and the Tide's first women's champ in a field event since Beth Mallory won the discus at the 2005 outdoor championships.

Prior to Thursday, only Disa Gisladottir (women's high jump, 1982 and 1983) had won an NCAA outdoor jumps title for Alabama. Flora Hyacinth's 1989 indoor title in the triple jump and Gisladottir's 1983 indoor high jump crown were the only other NCAA jumps crowns won by Crimson Tide athletes. Current Tide assistant coach Miguel Pate, who coaches Burks, won the 2002 NCAA indoor men's long jump title for Alabama; Andrew Owusu won the NCAA indoor men's long jump title in 1996 and Jeff Woodard earned the NCAA title in the outdoor high jump in 1980.

Burks was the seventh jumper in the second flight and she led through the first two rounds. She started with a leap of 21-11 3/4 (6.70 meters; wind: +3.6), then went 22-1 1/2 (6.74m; w: +2.4). Prandini took the lead in the third round with a leap of 22-3 3/4 (6.80m; w: +1.7) while Burks jumped 21-8 1/4 (6.61m; w: +2.7) in the fourth round as Kentucky sophomore Sha'Keela Saunders moved ahead of Burks in to second with a leap of 22-1 3/4 (6.75m; w: +1.8).

Burks took the lead again in the fifth round with a 22-8 effort (6.91m; w: +2.6), bettering the school record by 2 3/4 inches (.07 meters) but because of the excessive wind. Burks closed with a leap of 22-1 3/4 (6.75m; w: +2.2). Prandini finished second with Saunders third and Oregon sophomore Jasmine Todd fourth.

Crimson Tide freshman Filippa Fotopoulou finished 21st in her NCAA meet debut with a best of 19-4 3/4 (5.91m; w: +3.8). "Getting to compete in a meet of this nature today can only help Filippa," Waters said. "She came a long way this year, and we're very proud of her."

Alabama sophomore Alex Gholston ran in lane 7 of the first section of the three-heat semifinals in which the first two finishers from each section, plus the next two fastest times overall, advanced to Saturday's final. Gholston ran 52.80 to finish fifth in her heat that was won by Texas sophomore Kendall Baisden (51.53). Gholston, making her first NCAA meet appearance, ended up as the 11th-fastest overall in the field of 24 sprinters who competed on Thursday.

Running in lane eight of the first of three sections of the 4x100-meter relay semifinals, Alabama's quartet of Dominique Kimpel, Quanesha Burks, Alex Gholston and Sarah Thomas finished fifth in their heat while posting the 11th-fastest time of the 24 competing teams, breaking the tape in 44.34. Only the top eight teams advanced to Saturday's final, so Kimpel, Burks, Gholston and Thomas earned Second Team All-America honors for their performance. The race marked the final event of the collegiate careers for Kimpel and Thomas. Running without collegiate leader Remona Burchell hindered Alabama's chances. Burchell's 2015 season ended prior to the NCAA East Preliminary in late May due to hamstring issues, ending the three-time NCAA sprint champ's collegiate career.

LSU won the first section in 43.32 with Oregon second at 43.49 and Kentucky third (43.92). Texas A&M posted the fastest time of the day, a 43.00 clocking in heat three, while Texas went 43.12 to post the No. 2 time. A&M, Florida (43.30), LSU, Kentucky and Ole Miss (44.10) gave the SEC five of the eight times to qualify for Saturday's final.

Crimson Tide junior Katelyn Greenleaf capped an impressive season on Thursday, a season in which she has broken the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase three times while running the five fastest times in the event in Alabama history. She entered the NCAA meet seeded 18th of the 24 entries, running in the first heat of two sections of the semifinals. Greenleaf placed ninth in her section on Thursday, 17th overall, in 10:21.85. Thursday's performance ranks No. 5 on the all-time Alabama list, and Greenleaf now owns the five fastest times in Alabama history, including seven of the top eight all-time. Starting in position five of her section, Greenleaf was in ninth through the first lap before moving up to eighth, a position she held for most of the race. The top five qualifiers to Saturday's final ran in Greenleaf's section led by North Dakota State junior Erin Teschuk (9:53.93).

"On the whole we had a pretty uneven season, but I am impressed, proud and excited for our team because we had a group of younger athletes competing here in several events for the first time," Waters said. "Katelyn Greenleaf in the steeple, Dani McConnell in the hammer, Filippa in the long jump - all of them now have a feel of what this is like and they realize that they belong at this level. It's what Quanesha went through last year, and you see where it took her this year. So, I am excited for the future but also proud of the seniors who stepped up this year.

"Remona Burchell is a special athlete who will always be remembered for her excellence as an athlete, but we will always be thankful for her leadership and how she created a new level of expectations for our entire women's team. Sarah Thomas, Dominique Kimpel and Nia Barnes all did so much to help us develop a way of doing things in our program that will help us long after they are gone. They are all excellent young people and I fully expect them to be successful people in their lives ongoing."

2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships

Hayward Field

Eugene, Oregon

Thursday, June 11, 2015

WOMEN

400 Meters (Semifinals - Heat 1) - 5. Alex Gholston, 52.80.

3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Semifinals - Heat 2) - 9. Katelyn Greenleaf, 10:21.85.

4x100-Meter Relay (Semifinals - Heat 1) - 5. (Dominique Kimpel, Quanesha Burks, Alex Gholston, Sarah Thomas), 44.34.

Long Jump (Finals) - 1. Quanesha Burks, 22-8 (6.91m) (w: +2.6); 21. Filippa Fotopoulou, 19-4 3/4 (5.91m) (w: +3.8).

Hammer Throw (Semifinals - Flight 1) - 8. Nia Barnes, 189-11 (57.88m); 11. Danielle McConnell, 185-3 (56.46m).


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June 11, 2015

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EUGENE, Oregon – Crimson Tide sophomore Quanesha Burks (Hartselle, Alabama) became the Crimson Tide’s first women’s NCAA champion in a jumping event since 1989 by winning the women’s long jump with a wind-aided best of 22 feet, 8 inches (6.91 meters) on her fifth attempt of the six-round final on Thursday at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. Burks pulled out the victory over two competitors from the University of Oregon who were competing with a boisterous crowd cheering for them on their home field.

“I am just so thrilled to win this title with Alabama on my uniform,” said Burks, a product of Hartselle High School. “I felt great today. It’s a great event with a terrific atmosphere. The competition went about how I thought it would. Coach (Miguel) Pate had me prepared. He didn’t have to give a motivational speech when we spoke earlier today. He just said I was ready. His confidence in me made it all possible.”

“Quanesha and I plotted out the competition last week and we both knew she would probably have to jump 6.80 (22 feet, 3 ¾ inches) to win, and that’s what happened,” said Crimson Tide assistant coach Miguel Pate, a former NCAA champion for the Tide who coaches the jumps and is Burks’ primary coach. “She impressed me today. She was poised in a difficult environment, responded when the competition stepped up, and was totally composed the whole way. I can’t say enough about what she did today. That’s the best series I’ve ever seen, and to do it in this competition says everything about her ability, her competitive nature, and her maturity.”

“I was so proud of Quanesha today, not just because she won, but because she competed with such poise and maturity in an atmosphere that was boisterous with her closest competition coming from two athletes on their home field,” said Alabama head coach Dan Waters. “That’s amazing, and it makes her victory even more remarkable. To come through in that atmosphere on the fifth jump with so much on the line is an incredible accomplishment.”

Due to winds exceeding the legal limit of two meters per second, none of Burks’ jumps qualify for records purposes, but her series still stands as the finest six long jumps in Alabama history as all six marks would rank in the Crimson Tide all-time top 10. Her winning leap exceeded her school record of 22-5 1/4 (6.84m) by 2 3/4 inches.

Burks, the NCAA East Preliminary and SEC champion in the women’s long jump, has virtually re-written the all-time Alabama list in the event and currently owns nine of the 10 best marks in Crimson Tide history while having broken four times this season the former school record set by Flora Hyacinth in 1987. Burks became Alabama’s first women’s long jump NCAA champion and the Tide’s first women’s champ in a field event since Beth Mallory won the discus at the 2005 outdoor championships.

Prior to Thursday, only Disa Gisladottir (women’s high jump, 1982 and 1983) had won an NCAA outdoor jumps title for Alabama. Flora Hyacinth’s 1989 indoor title in the triple jump and Gisladottir’s 1983 indoor high jump crown were the only other NCAA jumps crowns won by Crimson Tide athletes. Current Tide assistant coach Miguel Pate, who coaches Burks, won the 2002 NCAA indoor men’s long jump title for Alabama; Andrew Owusu won the NCAA indoor men’s long jump title in 1996 and Jeff Woodard earned the NCAA title in the outdoor high jump in 1980.

Burks was the seventh jumper in the second flight and she led through the first two rounds. She started with a leap of 21-11 3/4 (6.70 meters; wind: +3.6), then went 22-1 1/2 (6.74m; w: +2.4). Prandini took the lead in the third round with a leap of 22-3 3/4 (6.80m; w: +1.7) while Burks jumped 21-8 1/4 (6.61m; w: +2.7) in the fourth round as Kentucky sophomore Sha’Keela Saunders moved ahead of Burks in to second with a leap of 22-1 3/4 (6.75m; w: +1.8).

Burks took the lead again in the fifth round with a 22-8 effort (6.91m; w: +2.6), bettering the school record by 2 3/4 inches (.07 meters) but because of the excessive wind. Burks closed with a leap of 22-1 3/4 (6.75m; w: +2.2). Prandini finished second with Saunders third and Oregon sophomore Jasmine Todd fourth.

Crimson Tide freshman Filippa Fotopoulou finished 21st in her NCAA meet debut with a best of 19-4 3/4 (5.91m; w: +3.8). “Getting to compete in a meet of this nature today can only help Filippa,” Waters said. “She came a long way this year, and we’re very proud of her.”

Alabama sophomore Alex Gholston ran in lane 7 of the first section of the three-heat semifinals in which the first two finishers from each section, plus the next two fastest times overall, advanced to Saturday’s final. Gholston ran 52.80 to finish fifth in her heat that was won by Texas sophomore Kendall Baisden (51.53). Gholston, making her first NCAA meet appearance, ended up as the 11th-fastest overall in the field of 24 sprinters who competed on Thursday.

Running in lane eight of the first of three sections of the 4×100-meter relay semifinals, Alabama’s quartet of Dominique Kimpel, Quanesha Burks, Alex Gholston and Sarah Thomas finished fifth in their heat while posting the 11th-fastest time of the 24 competing teams, breaking the tape in 44.34. Only the top eight teams advanced to Saturday’s final, so Kimpel, Burks, Gholston and Thomas earned Second Team All-America honors for their performance. The race marked the final event of the collegiate careers for Kimpel and Thomas. Running without collegiate leader Remona Burchell hindered Alabama’s chances. Burchell’s 2015 season ended prior to the NCAA East Preliminary in late May due to hamstring issues, ending the three-time NCAA sprint champ’s collegiate career.

LSU won the first section in 43.32 with Oregon second at 43.49 and Kentucky third (43.92). Texas A&M posted the fastest time of the day, a 43.00 clocking in heat three, while Texas went 43.12 to post the No. 2 time. A&M, Florida (43.30), LSU, Kentucky and Ole Miss (44.10) gave the SEC five of the eight times to qualify for Saturday’s final.

Crimson Tide junior Katelyn Greenleaf capped an impressive season on Thursday, a season in which she has broken the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase three times while running the five fastest times in the event in Alabama history. She entered the NCAA meet seeded 18th of the 24 entries, running in the first heat of two sections of the semifinals. Greenleaf placed ninth in her section on Thursday, 17th overall, in 10:21.85. Thursday’s performance ranks No. 5 on the all-time Alabama list, and Greenleaf now owns the five fastest times in Alabama history, including seven of the top eight all-time. Starting in position five of her section, Greenleaf was in ninth through the first lap before moving up to eighth, a position she held for most of the race. The top five qualifiers to Saturday’s final ran in Greenleaf’s section led by North Dakota State junior Erin Teschuk (9:53.93).

“On the whole we had a pretty uneven season, but I am impressed, proud and excited for our team because we had a group of younger athletes competing here in several events for the first time,” Waters said. “Katelyn Greenleaf in the steeple, Dani McConnell in the hammer, Filippa in the long jump – all of them now have a feel of what this is like and they realize that they belong at this level. It’s what Quanesha went through last year, and you see where it took her this year. So, I am excited for the future but also proud of the seniors who stepped up this year.

“Remona Burchell is a special athlete who will always be remembered for her excellence as an athlete, but we will always be thankful for her leadership and how she created a new level of expectations for our entire women’s team. Sarah Thomas, Dominique Kimpel and Nia Barnes all did so much to help us develop a way of doing things in our program that will help us long after they are gone. They are all excellent young people and I fully expect them to be successful people in their lives ongoing.”

2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships

Hayward Field

Eugene, Oregon

Thursday, June 11, 2015

WOMEN

400 Meters (Semifinals – Heat 1) – 5. Alex Gholston, 52.80.

3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Semifinals – Heat 2) – 9. Katelyn Greenleaf, 10:21.85.

4×100-Meter Relay (Semifinals – Heat 1) – 5. (Dominique Kimpel, Quanesha Burks, Alex Gholston, Sarah Thomas), 44.34.

Long Jump (Finals) – 1. Quanesha Burks, 22-8 (6.91m) (w: +2.6); 21. Filippa Fotopoulou, 19-4 3/4 (5.91m) (w: +3.8).

Hammer Throw (Semifinals – Flight 1) – 8. Nia Barnes, 189-11 (57.88m); 11. Danielle McConnell, 185-3 (56.46m).


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EUGENE, Oregon - University of Alabama sophomore Quanesha Burks posted a personal best by more than two inches on the way to winning the NCAA Long Jump Championship Thursday in Eugene, Oregon at historic Hayward Field with a leap of 22 feet, eight inches.

The top seed coming into the championships, Burks is Alabama's first women's NCAA long jump champion and the Tide's first women's champ in a field event since Beth Mallory won the discus at the 2005 outdoor championships. She is also the first Alabama NCAA women's champion in the jumps since 1989, when Flora Hyacinth won the NCAA indoor triple jump.

Get the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.


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EUGENE, Oregon – University of Alabama sophomore Quanesha Burks posted a personal best by more than two inches on the way to winning the NCAA Long Jump Championship Thursday in Eugene, Oregon at historic Hayward Field with a leap of 22 feet, eight inches.

The top seed coming into the championships, Burks is Alabama’s first women’s NCAA long jump champion and the Tide’s first women’s champ in a field event since Beth Mallory won the discus at the 2005 outdoor championships. She is also the first Alabama NCAA women’s champion in the jumps since 1989, when Flora Hyacinth won the NCAA indoor triple jump.

Get the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.



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