Alabama Football: The Crimson Tide’s next couple of weeks

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The Alabama football team is getting a deserved break this week. No official schedule information has been released, but it is believed the Alabama Crimson Tide will begin Playoff practices around Dec. 15.

The Alabama football staff will be extremely busy in the interim. The staff must prepare game plans for three teams, as well as work on recruiting and Transfer Portal activity.

By the time the team begins bowl practices, most and possibly all of the Crimson Tide’s early enrollees will be in Tuscaloosa. They can participate in bowl preparation, but of course, will not be eligible to play in Playoff games.

Alabama Football Early Enrollees

  • Julian Sayin; 5-Star Quarterback
  • Jaylen Mbakwe; 5-Star Cornerback
  • Zabien Brown; 4-Star Cornerback
  • Caleb Odom; 4-Star Tight End
  • Casey Poe; 4-Star Offensive Lineman
  • Jeremiah Beaman; 4-Star Defensive Lineman
  • Peyton Woodyard; 4-Star Safety
  • Jameer Grimsley; 4-Star Wide Receiver
  • Sterling Dixon; 4-Star Edge
  • Justin Okoronkwo; 3-Star Linebacker
  • Joseph Ionata; 3-Star Offensive Lineman
  • Cayden Jones; 3-Star Linebacker
  • William Sanders; 3-Star Offensive Lineman
  • Rydarrius Morgan; 3-Star Safety
  • Isaia Faga; 3-Star Defensive Lineman
  • Dre Kirkpatrick Jr.; 3-Star Cornerback

Recruits cannot officially become signees until Signing Day on Dec. 20. Though it is not likely, it is possible that one or more of the expected early enrollees could flip before then.

Other Alabama Crimson Tide News

  • Based on his play against Georgia, PFF graded Kadyn Proctor as the top offensive lineman during Championship Game Week. Proctor and Eric Wolford deserve high praise for the development of the freshman this season.
  • Viewing numbers posted by Medium showed only two college football programs averaged over $5M per game during the regular season. Ohio State was No. 1 with 5.55M viewers and Alabama was No. 2 with 5.08M.
  • CBS released stunning viewing numbers from the SEC Championship Game. See the tweet below.
  • Though not yet confirmed, Alabama Football is expected to arrive in Pasadena on Dec. 27 for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Semi-Final with the Michigan Wolverines.
  • It is not known if after the Rose Bowl win, Alabama will fly directly to Houston or return to Tuscaloosa for what could not be much longer than 48 hours before finishing National Championship game prep in Texas.
  • The status of Jase McClellan for the Rose Bowl is not known, but otherwise, Alabama should not have a serious injury issue for the Rose Bowl. Even Jaheim Oatis, who has been hampered most of the season, played effectively in more than 20 snaps against Georgia. The December break could well prepare him for more action against Michigan.