Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Alabama CB Fitzpatrick, Tide's next first-rate secondary prospect

Alabama CB Fitzpatrick, Tide's next first-rate secondary prospect

ACC coaches will gather for their media days beginning Thursday in Charlotte. "And I don't think he sleeps that much".

Name SearchWatch Service' Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson to the National Football League, but the defensive line shelf at Alabama always goes deep.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin took the podium as one of the league's coaches on the hot seat.

When LSU's Ed Orgeron matter of factly declared the SEC as "the best conference in the United States", he was mostly preaching to the choir in the league's backyard. Take out Ole Miss, which beat Alabama in "14 and '15 and which pushed the Tide in a five-point Alabama win past year, and the number jumps to 20.8".

It won't surprise anyone if the topic is still front and center a year from now with teams still playing catch up. So it'll be up to the teams that have averaged a three-touchdown whipping from Alabama to find a way to hang with the Tide. The gap between the Tide, winners of three consecutive SEC titles, and the rest of the conference is so great that you wonder if anyone can close it. To keep everyone engaged, someone else needs to have a chance.

Smart and McElwain are the newest examples of Saban disciples trying to reenergize blue-blooded programs. But other than Saban's nod to "a really, really good team", we didn't hear a whole lot of that on Wednesday. "You go out there and get people excited, interested and afraid".

Since splitting into divisions in 1992, the SEC has had one similar period of sustained dominance.

Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick was asked if the loss to Clemson in the national championship game affected Saban.

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Usually when Alabama does so after a rare loss, it chews up and spits out everybody left on its schedule, as it did two seasons ago in 2015.

A strong start and the Tigers could match their four-win total from last season in the first month of the 2017 schedule. No. 2 matchup against MI in 2006 and two excellent Penn State seasons kept things somewhat lively.

He's a star in the making, and we can't wait to see what he does this upcoming season for the Crimson Tide. From the playoff game against Michigan State in the 2015 season until playing LSU on November 5 in 2016, Bama had a non-offensive TD in 10 straight games. Alabama crushed Tennessee 49-10, and even an open date the following week didn't help the Vols regroup. Sumlin mentioned "toughness" multiple times Wednesday. After getting hammered 41-23, they went on to lose four of their final seven games.

"I just think that it gave him a little bit more fuel", the player answered. But we got them at home. He admits the things he remembers were small, including tardiness to meetings or "not wearing the right socks". At the time Alabama already had a stacked secondary, however, they were also putting out first round picks every season. "It was 0-0 going into the third quarter".

Pineiro, a criminology major made 21 of 25 field-goal attempts (.840) and had 11 field goals of 40 yards or longer, including two in the Outback Bowl victory over Iowa. You know Florida State quarterback we've seen what he can do you talk about a dollar Taylor Ers and talk about. "There's a quote from Sir Alex Ferguson that I read that says in a fiercely competitive endeavor things aren't decided until the bitter end".

"I think he's exactly what we're looking for in terms of helping us redevelop a pro-style passing attack that would go with the athleticism with some of the spread offense that we've used with Jalen (Hurts) and our other quarterbacks", Saban said.

Saban's 16 years in the league as a head coach ranks him second in the Media Days era, which began in 1985, behind only Steve Spurrier's 23 appearances with Florida and SC.

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