Alabama has added one more member to its coaching staff. Former UAB quarterback Mike Miller has joined the staff as a graduate assistant, according to a report from Football Scoop. Miller updated his private Twitter account bio to say he will be working with the quarterbacks and wide receivers at Alabama.
Miller will step into a good spot on the Alabama coaching staff as he will get to work with Jalen Hurts, Alabama’s rising star quarterback from the 2016 season, and a healthy crop of wide receivers including Calvin Ridley. Helping Hurts to take the next steps in his development will be a major task for Miller and is one that could ensure Alabama is right back in the thick of the national title conversation again next fall. Ridley could be one of the top receivers in the SEC.
Miller spent the 2016 season coaching Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina and spent a brief time with Clemson as a coach after UAB suspended its football program following the 2014 season.
Miller will fill the void briefly filled by former Florida State and West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett. Alabama added Trickett as a graduate assistant earlier in the offseason, but he followed Lane Kiffin to FAU to take a job as a tight ends coach.
Forget about pass-heavy offensive systems. One Alabama fan is making it pretty clear all he wants new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to do is run the ball. He’s even going so far as to launch an online campaign to have the new Tide coordinator’s name changed to “Run Daboll.”
Alabama fan Bobby Wesson has opened up a petition on Change.org to collect digital signatures. As of this posting, the petition had just 92 supporters, but it was just hoping to reach 100 supporters.
“Imagine what the Alabama offense would look like on Saturdays if Brian Daboll heard “RUN DABOLL” 7 days a week,” Wesson says in his petition. “Imagine a world with Nick Saban yelling “RUN DABOLL” at Brian on the field instead of you yelling it at him through the television. Imagine 3rd and 3 and a stadium screaming as [Bo Scarbrough] breaks down the field for it all because “Run Daboll” called RUN DA BALL.”
The imagery here is dazzling.
If there is one thing Alabama is generally good at doing, it is running the football. With a healthy stable of running backs that would have options capable of starting at almost any other program in the country and one of the best offensive line sin the sport, why wouldn’t Alabama want to run the ball?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t exactly work like that, but this is humorous enough. It can be his nickname, however, and we suspect that may have a chance to catch on if things go according to plan for this Alabama fan.
Not surprisingly, Alabama is losing handful of underclassmen to the NFL — albeit a smaller handful than some had projected.
At the schools annual press conference for junior NFL announcements, a trio of Crimson Tide football players — cornerback Marlon Humphrey, offensive tackle Cam Robinson, wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (pictured) — confirmed that they will be leaving Tuscaloosa and make themselves available for the April NFL draft.
Robinson has been an All-American the past two seasons after earning Freshman All-American as a true freshman in 2014. He was a consensus All-American this season. Humphrey was also a Freshman All-American his redshirt season in 2015 before joining Robinson this season as an All-American.
This season, Stewart led the Tide in receiving yards (864), receiving touchdowns (eight) and yards per catch (16). His 54 receptions were second on the national title runners-up. The 6-1, 204-pound receiver finishes his ‘Bama career with 129 catches, 1,713 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Both Robinson and Humphrey were given first-round grades from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee. Stewart received an “other” grade.
There was some good news on the early-entry front as defensive backs Anthony Averett and Tony Brown, who both had considered leaving early, ultimately decided to return to Tuscaloosa for another season.
After beginning his collegiate playing career at one FBS juggernaut, Kendall Sheffield will continue the next phase of it at another.
In a commitment shared with ESPN.com Tuesday, Sheffield confirmed that he will be transferring to Ohio State to play for the Buckeyes. The cornerback chose over Texas A&M.
“After a great season at Blinn College, and an exciting recruiting process, I have decided to finish my collegiate career at The Ohio State University,” Sheffield said. “I am excited to join Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, and look forward to helping Buckeye Nation return to the College Football Playoff.”
Sheffield was a five-star member of Alabama’s 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 3 player in the state of Texas and the No. 20 player on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. Just one signee in the Crimson Tide’s top-ranked class that year was rated higher — wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
Even as he was working as a second-team corner during summer camp, Sheffield opted to transfer from ‘Bama last August after redshirting as a true freshman. He spent the 2016 season at Blinn Junior College, and is rated as the No. 4 JUCO recruit in the country.
Sheffield will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Ask some (most?) Alabama fans, they’d say their beloved Crimson Tide suffered a handful of bad breaks in the form of penalties and “rub” plays in the title game loss to Clemson Monday night. One player, though, suffered a literal break.
On a second-down carry late in the third quarter, Bo Scarbrough went down with an injury to his right leg and didn’t return. As it turns out, there was a pretty good reason why the running back was sidelined for the remainder of the instant classic.
Scarbrough’s injury was a pivotal moment in the game, though, as, following a 68-yard touchdown pass two plays after the injury put the Tide up 24-14 , they punted on each of their next three possessions at the end of drives that lasted four, three and three plays. During that span, the Tigers scored a pair of touchdowns to take their first lead of the game.
After the injury to Scarbrough, who led the Tide with 93 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, ‘Bama was outscored 21-7.
While the school has yet to confirm the injury or its extent, the early word is that the rising redshirt junior, if he doesn’t unexpectedly leave early for the NFL, would be ready for the start of spring practice in a couple of months.
UPDATED: 1:02 p.m. ET: In a statement, head coach Nick Saban confirmed the injury, adding that no surgery will be necessary.
“Bo Scarbrough suffered a fracture to his right lower leg during the game. The injury is non-surgical and we anticipate he will make a full recovery.”