Morning Kickoff: Crimson Tide News 3/12


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Phil Savage identifies Alabama players that helped, hurt draft stock at Pro Day

"Phil Savage was stationed primarily in the end zone, watching Alabama players go through Wednesday’s Pro Day while providing ongoing analysis on"

"A color analyst on the Crimson Tide Sports Network and the executive director of the Senior Bowl, Savage worked in the NFL from 1991-2012, including four years as the senior vice president and general manager of the Cleveland Browns."

You can click on the above link for Phil Savage’s breakdown on Alabama’s Pro Day from Wednesday. Some players definitely improved their draft stock.

Unheralded Alec Morris ‘going to factor big-time’ into Alabama QB competition, Blake Sims says

"Alec Morris had seen a missed opportunity while observing from the sideline, a hole in Western Carolina’s defense that Blake Sims had not taken advantage of.After the series, Morris approached Sims on the sideline and shared his observations along with advice.“He said, ‘Hey, this guy is open. Just look for him. But make sure you throw it on a rope because the corner is kind of cheating and trying to bait you so he can pick it off,'” Sims shared during a phone interview. “I did it, and it worked very well.”"

The Tide’s quarterback from last season, Blake Sims, figures that Alec Morris will fit into the quarterback competition. It should be another fun one.

2015 SEC Tournament: Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide – Now or never

"Despite the team’s dismal campaign, Donovan’s worst since his second season at Florida (1997-98) … despite the Gators averaging their fewest points per game (64.0) since 1950-51 … despite UF being so inefficient from the foul line that the term “free throw” has become ironic (.632 is its worst mark since 1951-52) … despite all of that, Florida enters the SEC Tournament on Monday on equal footing with the rest of the league.It will likely take at least one win – if not two – to give the Gators a chance at earning an NIT berth. It will assuredly require winning the tournament outright for Florida to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth-straight year. And if you ask Donovan, this particular UF squad is as ready as it will ever be for this test."

Here is a breakdown of today’s tournament game between Bama and Florida. This one is from “Behind enemy lines” but you can get a feel how others see the game going.

Alabama offer ‘came out of nowhere’ for 4-star offensive lineman Landon Dickerson

"Later, Lupoi passed the phone to Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, and the good news came.“He just told me how much he liked my tape and he liked how I played, all that good stuff,” Dickerson said. “He extended an offer to me and we talked about how school was going, that kind of stuff.“It kind of came out of nowhere for me. I was very excited when I got it. I don’t think anyone can’t be excited for one of the top football schools in the nation.”"

The offers are starting to fly for the class of 2016. Remember that you can keep up with all of the recruiting happenings on the Houndztooth Powered By Bama Hammer Recruiting Forums with threads dedicated to every player that holds a Tide offer.

Robby Shelton Captures Medalist Honors at Southern Collegiate

"Sophomore Robby Shelton carded a season-low round of 7-under par 65 on Wednesday to cruise to his first medalist honor of the 2014-15 campaign at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with a 15-under 201 (67-69-65).As a team, No. 16 Alabama closed play in 14th overall with a three-round total of 882 (288-295-299) on the par 72, 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club.Shelton was fantastic throughout the three-day, 54-hole event. The Wilmer, Ala., native, who entered tournament play ranked 10th in the nation, dominated the field on his way his fourth career victory. Shelton won the individual title by six strokes over Arizona State’s Jon Rahm (ranked No. 9) and Texas’ Beau Hossler (ranked No. 19), who both carded scores of 9-under par 207. The 15-team field featured 12 of the nation’s top 25 golfers."

Erin Routliffe Named SEC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

"The Southeastern Conference today announced that Alabama sophomore Erin Routliffe has been named the SEC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. Routliffe led the Tide to a pair of conference victories over the weekend, racking up two singles victories and a doubles win against No. 6 Georgia and Tennessee. The weekly honor is Routliffe’s first in her two-year career at The Capstone.“I’m proud of Erin’s progress and her commitment to improvement,” said Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz. “She has a renewed enthusiasm and focus that are noticeable. She continues to elevate her game and step up in defining moments. She’s very deserving of this recognition.”"

Top 10 Matchup Awaits Softball this Weekend at Georgia

"THIS WEEK: #5 ALABAMA AT #8 GEORGIAAthens, Ga. – Jack Turner StadiumFriday, March 13 – 5 p.m. CTSaturday, March 14 – 2 p.m. CT (SEC Network)Sunday, March 15 – 1 p.m. CT (SEC Network)THE TIDE ON THE AIRTV: Friday – SEC Network + (Online Only – – SEC NetworkPlay-by-play: TBA, Color: Jessica MendozaRADIO: 95.3 FM ("

Swimming and Diving Qualify Six Individuals for Men’s NCAA Championships

"A total of six members of the Alabama swimming and diving men’s team have earned individual berths at the NCAA Championships it was announced Wednesday, including 2015 Southeastern Conference Champions Kristian Gkolomeev and Connor Oslin. Alabama will add four relay swimmers to its championship roster later this week.The 2015 championships will be hosted by the University of Iowa at its Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) in Iowa City, Iowa, March 26-28.The defending NCAA 50 freestyle champion, Gkolomeev is the No. 1 seed in both the 50 and 100 freestyles going into this year’s national championships after producing dominating wins in both events at last month’s SEC Championships."