Alabama may have fallen just shy of a second straight national championship last January, so why not emulate some of the plays used by a Super Bowl champion? The hiring of a former New England Patriots assistant coach as offensive coordinator was bound to make that a possibility.
Brian Daboll is busy working with the Alabama offense this spring as he takes over as offensive coordinator following the departures of Lane Kiffin (FAU) and Steve Sarkisian (Atlanta Falcons), and he has been sprinkling in some plays that have helped contribute to the recent success in New England. Daboll has been taking advantage of his connections from his previous job by setting up instant conversations over FaceTime between Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
“We’re running some of the same stuff they’ve ran, so he’ll call Tom Brady and ask him what his top five plays are,” Hurts said, according to ESPN. “It’s cool because we’re running the same plays he’s ran.”
As if Alabama needed much help winning, now they’re getting professional advice from a future hall of fame quarterback and an all-pro tight end and more. The rich get richer.
And don’t forget, Brady is 1-0 in his career against Alabama. He led Michigan to an Orange Bowl victory over the Crimson Tide with 369 pasing yards and four touchdowns at the end of the 1999 season. Of course, that was before Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa.
Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight has had quite an eventful first half of play against Kansas State. Knight was taken out of the game in the first quarter with looked to be an arm or shoulder injury. After he returned, he showed a short memory by storming right back after making a costly error early in the second quarter. However, Kansas State leads Oklahoma 21-17 at the end fo the first half.
Oklahoma actually went on to score the first points of the game after Knight had left the game to receive some medical attention. As Knight was jogging back to the sideline, Oklahoma was celebrating a touchdown run by Samaje Prine for the 7-0 lead. The lead did not last for very long, as Kansas State answered on the ensuing possession. In fact, the game was tied just 57 seconds later after Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters caught tight end Glenn Gronkowski moving downfield with Oklahoma’s coverage totally broken. Waters tossed a soft one to Gronkowski, and the help of one blocker the younger brother of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took care of the rest with a 62-yard touchdown.
Kansas State would later take the lead early in the second quarter after pinning Oklahoma down against its own end zone. Knight was picked off by Danzel McDaniel and McDaniel returned the interception five yards for a touchdown and Kansas State’s first lead of the afternoon. Knight stormed back though. First came a 22-yard completion to Blake Bell, a career-long reception for the former Sooners quarterback. Second, a 47-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard to tie things up.
Kansas State had another answer for the Sooners though with a nearly flawless drive ending with a second touchdown pass from Waters.Tyler Tyler Lockett was on the receiving end of this one, from nine yards out. The score gave Kansas State a second lead, 21-14.