2017 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
2017 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Alabama Crimson
Consensus national champion
SEC Western Division co-champion
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal), W 24–6 vs. Clemson
CFP National Championship
W 26–23 OT vs. Georgia
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
2017 record 13–1 (7–1 SEC)
Head coach Nick Saban (11th season)
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley (1st as co-OC; 2nd overall season)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt (2nd as DC; 9th overall season)
Co-defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi (1st as co-DC; 3rd overall season)
Base defense 3–4
Captain Minkah Fitzpatrick
Rashaan Evans
Shaun Dion Hamilton
Bradley Bozeman
Home stadium Bryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 101,821)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Georgia xy$^   7 1         13 2  
South Carolina   5 3         9 4  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         7 6  
Florida   3 5         4 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7         5 7  
Tennessee   0 8         4 8  
West Division
No. 10 Auburn xy   7 1         10 4  
No. 1 Alabama x#^   7 1         13 1  
No. 18 LSU   6 2         9 4  
No. 19 Mississippi State   4 4         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         7 6  
Ole Miss   3 5         6 6  
Arkansas   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Georgia 28, Auburn 7
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This season marked the Crimson Tide's 125th overall season, its 84th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 26th within the SEC Western Division, they played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and were led by eleventh-year head coach Nick Saban. During the final College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection poll, Alabama was included at number 4, and played number 1 Clemson in a rubber match of the past two playoffs in the semi-final game played at the 2018 Sugar Bowl, which they won 24–6. Alabama was matched in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game against number 3 and SEC champion and rival Georgia, who beat Oklahoma in the 2018 Rose Bowl, 54–48. Alabama won in overtime, 26–23, to secure the CFP National Championship. Alabama was also selected as champions by the Associated Press (AP)[1] for a record 11th time in program history and recognized by the National Football Foundation (NFF) as the McArthur Bowl recipient,[2] giving Alabama their 17th claimed national title.

Previous season and offseason[edit]

In 2016, Alabama came into the season ranked No. 1 in both preseason polls and finished the regular season 13–0, 8–0 SEC. The Crimson Tide were ranked number 1 the entire season prior to their national championship appearance against Clemson. Alabama won the Western Division of SEC and qualified to play in the 2016 SEC Championship Game against the Florida Gators. Alabama defeated the Gators again in the rematch from last year's SEC Championship 54–16 in Atlanta, Georgia, clinching the program's 26th SEC title, as the No. 1 seed in the third season of the College Football Playoff, the Crimson Tide were selected to play in the semifinal game at the 2016 Peach Bowl against #4 Washington of the Pac-12. Alabama beat the Huskies 24–7, advancing them to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against #2 Clemson of the ACC, the Crimson Tide lost to the Tigers in the rematch from last year's College Football Playoff National Championship 35–31 after Deshaun Watson threw the game-winning TD pass to Hunter Renfrow with :01 left. The Crimson Tide finished the 2016 season with a record of 14–1.

Departures[edit]

The Crimson Tide lost twenty-three senior football players to graduation, another four players to the NFL Draft, and four more players from the 2016 team due to various other reasons. Notable departures from the 2016 squad included:

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jonathan Allen #93 DE 6'3 291 Senior Leesburg, VA Graduated
Ryan Anderson #22 LB 6'2 253 RS Senior Daphne, AL Graduated
O.J. Howard #88 TE 6'6 251 Senior Prattville, AL Graduated
Truett Harris #86 TE 6'3 235 Senior Brentwood, TN Graduated
Brandon Moore #17 OL 6'0 248 Senior Cincinnati, OH Graduated
Will Davis #62 OL 6'5 315 Senior Letohatchee, AL Graduated
Tim Williams #56 LB 6'4 252 Senior Baton Rouge, LA Graduated
Jake Long #51 OL 5'9 228 Senior Vestavia Hills, AL Graduated
Derrick Garnett #46 LB 6'1 240 Senior Tuscaloosa, AL Graduated
Bo Grant #45 DB 6'2 195 Senior Valley, AL Graduated
Blaine Anderson #41 DB 5'10 187 Senior Charlotte, NC Graduated
Nate Staskelunas #34 DB 6'3 207 Senior Greenville, NC Graduated
Gehrig Dieter #19 WR 6'3 207 GS Senior South Bend, IN Graduated
Reuben Foster #10 LB 6'1 240 Senior Auburn, AL Graduated
Eddie Jackson #4 DB 6'0 194 Senior Lauderdale Lakes, FL Graduated
Blake Barnett #8 QB 6'5 211 RS Freshman Corona, CA Transferred to Arizona State
Cole Mazza #55 LS 6'2 235 Senior Bakersfield, CA Graduated
Dakota Ball #44 DL 6'3 268 RS Senior Lindale, GA Graduated
Alphonse Taylor #50 OL 6'5 307 RS Senior Mobile, AL Graduated
Dalvin Tomlinson #54 DL 6'3 305 RS Senior McDonough, GA Graduated
Korren Kirven #78 OL 6'4 311 RS Senior Lynchburg, VA Graduated
Brandon Greene #89 TE 6'5 295 RS Senior Ellenwood, GA Graduated
Adam Griffith #99 PK 5'10 191 RS Senior Calhoun, GA Graduated
ArDarius Stewart #13 WR 6'1 204 RS Junior Fultondale, AL Declared for the 2017 NFL Draft
Marlon Humphrey #26 DB 6'1 196 RS Sophomore Hoover, AL Declared for the 2017 NFL Draft
Cooper Bateman #18 QB 6'3 220 RS Junior Murray, UT Transferred to Utah
David Cornwell #12 QB 6'5 228 RS Sophomore Norman, OK Transferred to Nevada
Derrick Gore #27 RB 5'11 210 RS Sophomore Syracuse, NY Transferred to Louisiana-Monroe
Cam Robinson #74 OL 6'6 310 Junior Monroe, LA Declared for the 2017 NFL Draft
Josh Palet #11 QB 6'5 215 Senior Chula Vista, CA Graduated

Preseason[edit]

2017 recruiting class[edit]

Early enrollees[edit]

None of the recruits transferring from other programs enrolled for Spring semester courses at Alabama, the twelve players are 5-star running back Najee Harris from Antioch HS, 5-star offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood from Booker T. Washington HS, 5-star linebacker end Dylan Moses from IMG Academy, 4-star wide receiver Jerry Jeudy from Deerfield Beach HS, 4-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa from St. Louis School, 4-star wide receiver Tyrell Shavers from Lewisville HS, 4-star defensive end Isaiah Buggs from Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, 4-star offensive tackle Elliot Baker from City College of San Francisco, 4-star athlete Chadarius Townsend from Tanner HS, 4-star tight end Major Tennison from Bullard HS, 3-star cornerback Kyriq McDonald from James Clemens HS and 2-star long snapper Thomas Fletcher from IMG Academy, the list includes ratings when originally recruited from high school.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Najee Harris
#2 RB
Antioch, CA Antioch HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Dylan Moses
#1 ATH
Bradenton, FL IMG Academy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Alex Leatherwood
#3 OT
Pensacola, FL Booker T. Washington HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 327 lb (148 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Jerry Jeudy
#3 WR
Deerfield Beach, FL Deerfield Beach HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Tua Tagovailoa
#1 QB-DT
Honolulu, HI St. Louis School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Tyrell Shavers
#19 WR
Lewisville, TX Lewisville HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Isaiah Buggs
#1 DE (JC)
Gilbert, LA Mississippi Gulf Coast CC 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 280 lb (130 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Elliot Baker
#1 OT (JC)
San Francisco, CA City College of San Francisco 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 297 lb (135 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Chadarius Townsend
#13 ATH
Tanner, AL Tanner HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Major Tennison
#15 TE-Y
Bullard, TX Bullard HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Kyriq McDonald
#64 CB
Madison, AL James Clemens HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Thomas Fletcher
#3 LS
Bradenton, FL IMG Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Enrolled 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:2/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Source:

2017 National Signing Day[edit]

On National Signing Day, Alabama signed 18 additional players out of high school that completed the 2017 recruiting class, the class was highlighted by 19 players from the "ESPN 300". Alabama signed the No. 1 recruiting class according to Rivals.com,[3] Scout.com,[4] 247Sports.com[5] and ESPN[6] recruiting class.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Devonta Smith
#34 WR
Amite, LA Amite HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 157 lb (71 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Henry Ruggs III
#23 WR
Montgomery, AL Robert E. Lee HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
LaBryan Ray
#2 DT
Madison, AL James Clemens HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 270 lb (120 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Phidarian Mathis
#4 DT
Monroe, LA Neville HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 287 lb (130 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Joseph Bulovas
#7 K
Mandeville, LA Mandeville HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) - Jan 25, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Jedrick Willis
#2 OG
Lexington, KY Lafayette HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 315 lb (143 kg) 5.19 Nov 15, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Markail Benton
#3 LB
Phenix City, AL Central High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 237 lb (108 kg) - Jun 10, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Daniel Wright
#5 S
Fort Lauderdale, FL Boyd Anderson HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 4.71 Dec 9, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Xavier McKinney
#9 S
Roswell, GA Roswell HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 4.59 Jan 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Chris Allen
#9 LB
Baton Rouge, LA Southern University Lab School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 234 lb (106 kg) - Nov 27, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Brian Robinson
#18 RB
Tuscaloosa, AL Hillcrest HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 216 lb (98 kg) 4.62 Nov 9, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Kendall Randolph
#23 OT
Madison, AL Bob Jones HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 285 lb (129 kg) - Jul 31, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Vandarius Cowan
#13 LB
Palm Beach Gardens, FL Palm Beach Gardens HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 226 lb (103 kg) 4.65 Apr 9, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Kedrick James
#8 TE-Y
Waco, TX La Vega HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 5.13 Feb 3, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Mac Jones
#17 QB
Jacksonville, FL The Bolles School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.91 Jun 7, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Hunter Brannon
#60 OG
Cullman, AL Cullman HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 290 lb (130 kg) 5.86 Jul 23, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1   Rivals: 1  247Sports: 1  ESPN: 1
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Incoming transfers[edit]

Alabama added no transfers to the 2017 roster.

Returning starters[edit]

Alabama had eight returning players on offense, eight on defense and three on special teams that started games in 2016.

Spring practice[edit]

Spring practice began March 11, 2017, the annual A-Day game was held on April 22, 2017.

2017 A-Day Spring Game
1 2 3 4 Total
White 14 7 0 3 24
• Crimson 7 10 0 10 27
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Television network: ESPN

Fall camp[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Consecutive season at
Alabama in current position
Nick Saban Head coach 11th
Burton Burns Associate Head Coach and Running Backs coach 11th
Tosh Lupoi Co-Defensive Coordinator and Outside Linebackers coach (1st as DC) 3rd
Jeremy Pruitt Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebackers coach 2nd
Mike Locksley Co-Offensive coordinator and Wide receivers coach (1st as OC) 2nd
Brian Daboll Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach 1st
Joe Pannunzio Tight End coach and Special teams coordinator 1st
Derrick Ansley Defensive Backs 2nd
Karl Dunbar Defensive Line coach 2nd
Brent Key Offensive line 2nd
Scott Cochran Strength and Conditioning 10th
Reference:[7]

Roster[edit]

2017 Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Quarterback

  •  2 Jalen Hurts - Sophomore (6'2, 210)
  • 10 Mac Jones - Freshman (6'2, 180)
  • 13 Tua Tagovailoa - Freshman (6'1, 215)
  • 16 Kyle Edwards - Sophomore (6'1, 206)
  • 18 Montana Murphy - Sophomore (6'3, 201)
  • 18 Austin Johnson - Senior (6'2, 202)

Running Back

  •  8 Joshua Jacobs - Sophomore (5'10, 200)
  •  9 Bo Scarbrough - Redshirt Junior (6'2, 230)
  • 22 Najee Harris - Freshman (6'3, 226)
  • 24 Brian Robinson Jr. - Freshman (6'1, 224)
  • 34 Damien Harris - Junior (5'11, 214)

Wide Receiver

  •  1 Robert Foster - Redshirt Senior (6'2, 191)
  •  3 Calvin Ridley - Junior (6'1, 188)
  •  4 Jerry Jeudy - Freshman (6'1, 175)
  •  6 Devonta Smith - Freshman (6'1, 160)
  • 11 Henry Ruggs III - Freshman (6'0, 175)
  • 12 Chadarius Townsend - Freshman (6'0, 192)
  • 14 Tyrell Shavers - Freshman (6'6, 202)
  • 17 Cam Sims - Senior (6'5, 206)
  • 19 Xavian Marks - Sophomore (5'8, 163)
  • 30 Daniel Skehan - Senior (6'0, 201)
  • 32 Swade Hutchinson - Senior (6'3, 189)
  • 36 Mac Hereford - Sophomore (6'2, 215)
  • 37 Jonathan Rice - Junior (6'4, 207)
  • 41 Chris Herring - Sophomore (6'4, 170)
  • 81 Derek Kief - Redshirt Junior (6'4, 200)

Placekicker

  • 12 Andy Pappanastos - Redshirt Senior (5'11, 198)
  • 97 Joseph Bulovas - Freshman (6'0, 205)

Punter

  • 10 JK Scott - Senior (6'5, 198)
  • 96 Brannon Satterfield - Junior (6'2, 210)
  • 97 Mike Bernier - Junior (6'2, 205)
  • 98 Preston Knight - Sophomore (6'5, 200)
 

Tight End

  •  5 Ronnie Clark - Redshirt Junior (6'2, 217)
  • 40 Giles Amos - Sophomore (6'4, 236)
  • 42 Jacob Parker - Senior (6'1, 224)
  • 44 Kedrick James - Freshman (6'5, 245)
  • 45 Hunter Bryant - Senior (6'5, 226)
  • 46 Joseph Harvey - Senior (5'9, 211)
  • 48 Sean Goodman - Sophomore (6'1, 234)
  • 82 Irvin Smith Jr. - Sophomore (6'4, 235)
  • 83 Cam Stewart - Sophomore (6'8, 254)
  • 84 Hale Hentges - Junior (6'5, 256)
  • 87 Miller Forristall - Sophomore (6'5, 220)
  • 88 Major Tennison - Freshman (6'5, 244)

Offensive Lineman

  • 50 Hunter Brannon - Freshman (6'4, 290)
  • 56 Brandon Kennedy - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 302)
  • 59 Dallas Warmack - Junior (6'2, 299)
  • 60 Kendall Randolph - Freshman (6'5, 285)
  • 63 J.C. Hassenauer - Senior (6'2, 297)
  • 65 Deonte Brown - Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 350)
  • 66 Lester Cotton - Junior (6'4, 319)
  • 67 Josh Casher - Redshirt Junior (6'1, 284)
  • 70 Alex Leatherwood - Freshman (6'6, 327)
  • 71 Ross Pierschbacher - Redshirt Junior (6'4, 304)
  • 72 Richie Petitbon - Redshirt Sophomore (6'4, 300)
  • 73 Jonah Williams - Sophomore (6'5, 280)
  • 74 Jedrick Wills - Freshman (6'5, 315)
  • 75 Bradley Bozeman - Redshirt Senior (6'5, 312)
  • 76 Scott Lashley - Redshirt Freshman (6'7, 325)
  • 77 Matt Womack - Redshirt Sophomore (6'7, 320)
  • 78 Elliot Baker - Junior (6'7, 297)
  • 79 Chris Owens - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 307)

Defensive Lineman

  •  9 Da'Shawn Hand - Senior (6'4, 278)
  • 49 Isaiah Buggs - Junior (6'5, 292)
  • 50 Vohn Keith Jr. - Senior (6'2, 248)
  • 58 Daniel Powell - Sophomore (5'11, 238)
  • 68 Taylor Wilson - Sophomore (6'0, 274)
  • 69 Joshua Frazier - Senior (6'4, 315)
  • 89 LaBryan Ray - Freshman (6'5, 270)
  • 90 Jamar King - Senior (6'4, 290)
  • 92 Quinnen Williams - Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 265)
  • 93 Phidarian Mathis - Freshman (6'4, 287)
  • 94 Daron Payne - Junior (6'2, 319)
  • 95 Johnny Dwight - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 306)
  • 99 Raekwon Davis - Sophomore (6'7, 325)
 

Linebacker

  •  1 Ben Davis - Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 240)
  •  4 Christopher Allen - Freshman (6'5, 234)
  • 16 Jamey Mosley - Redshirt Junior (6'5, 226)
  • 18 Dylan Moses - Freshman (6'3, 234)
  • 20 Shaun Dion Hamilton - Senior (6'0, 232)
  • 24 Terrell Lewis - Sophomore (6'5, 245)
  • 30 Mack Wilson - Sophomore (6'2, 240)
  • 32 Rashaan Evans - Senior (6'3, 230)
  • 33 Anfernee Jennings - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 268)
  • 36 Markail Benton - Freshman (6'2, 237)
  • 40 Joshua McMillon - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 245)
  • 42 Keith Holcombe - Redshirt Junior (6'4, 227)
  • 43 VanDarius Cowan - Freshman (6'4, 226)
  • 47 Christian Miller - Redshirt Junior (6'4, 230)
  • 48 Mekhi Brown - Redshirt Sophomore (6'5, 243)
  • 57 Ryan Burns - Sophomore (6'0, 214)

Defensive Back

  •  2 Tony Brown - Senior (6'0, 194)
  •  3 Daniel Wright - Freshman (6"1, 185)
  •  5 Shyheim Carter - Sophomore (6'0, 190)
  •  6 Hootie Jones - Senior (6'2, 214)
  •  7 Trevon Diggs - Sophomore (6'2, 185)
  • 13 Nigel Knott - Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 190)
  • 14 Deionte Thompson - Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 190)
  • 15 Ronnie Harrison - Junior (6'3, 216)
  • 21 Jared Mayden - Sophomore (6'0, 198)
  • 23 Rogria Lewis - Senior (5'11, 196)
  • 25 Xavier McKinney - Freshman (6'1, 192)
  • 26 Kyriq McDonald - Freshman (5'11, 194)
  • 28 Anthony Averett - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 180)
  • 29 Minkah Fitzpatrick - Junior (6'1, 200)
  • 31 Keaton Anderson - Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 215)
  • 37 Donavan Mosley - Junior (5'10, 185)
  • 39 Levi Wallace - Senior (6'0, 170)
  • 43 Parker Bearden - Sophomore (6'1, 201)
  • 45 Bo Grant - Senior (6'2, 201)

Long Snappers

  • 45 Thomas Fletcher - Freshman (6'2, 220)
  • 52 Scott Meyer - Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 226)
  • 53 Ryan Parris - Junior (6'0, 209)

  •  : 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Commits (08/05/2016)

Depth chart[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:00 p.m. vs. No. 3 Florida State* No. 1 Mercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game) ABC W 24–7   76,330
September 9 2:30 p.m. Fresno State* No. 1 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL ESPN2 W 41–10   101,127
September 16 6:00 p.m. Colorado State* No. 1 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL ESPN2 W 41–23   101,821
September 23 2:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt No. 1 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN CBS W 59–0   40,350
September 30 8:00 p.m. Ole Miss No. 1 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) ESPN W 66–3   101,821
October 7 6:15 p.m. at Texas A&M No. 1 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX ESPN W 27–19   101,058
October 14 6:15 p.m. Arkansasdagger No. 1 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL ESPN W 41–9   101,821
October 21 2:30 p.m. Tennessee No. 1 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Third Saturday in October) CBS W 45–7   101,821
November 4 7:00 p.m. No. 19 LSU No. 1 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) CBS W 24–10   101,821
November 11 6:00 p.m. at No. 18 Mississippi State No. 1 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS (Rivalry) ESPN W 31–24   61,344
November 18 11:00 a.m. Mercer* No. 1 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL SECN W 56–0   101,821
November 25 2:30 p.m. at No. 6 Auburn No. 1 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Iron Bowl) CBS L 14–26   87,451
January 1, 2018 7:45 p.m. vs. No. 1 Clemson* No. 4 Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl – CFP Semifinal) ESPN W 24–6   72,360
January 8, 2018 7:30 p.m. vs. No. 3 Georgia* No. 4 Mercedes-Benz Stadium • Atlanta, GA (CFP National Championship) ESPN W 26–23 OT  77,430
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[8][9]

Game summaries[edit]

vs Florida State Seminoles[edit]

Chick-fil-A Kickoff
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Florida State 0 7 0 0 7
No. 1 Alabama 3 7 11 3 24

Sources:

The Tide opened the season in the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia against No. 3-ranked Florida State. Dubbed by some, "The greatest opener in college football history"[10] due to the high rankings of both teams and the potential of the game to shape the wider tenor of the 2017 NCAA Football Season landscape,[11] Alabama came into the game with the mantra "Don't waste a failure",[12] a reference to the disappointing loss to Clemson in the previous season's 2017 CFP National Championship game, although having a competitive first half, the game was considered by some to fall short of preseason expectations.[13] Furthermore, Florida State would post a disappointing 7-6 record on the year, due in part to a season ending injury to starting QB Deondre Francois in the fourth quarter, failing to deliver on much of the game's promised impact, the game for Alabama would also prove somewhat of a pyrrhic victory as linebackers Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller would be out with significant injuries, a theme that would continue to haunt the Alabama defense for the entirety of the regular season.

The first half was characterized largely as a defensive struggle for both teams, after a turnover on downs stop by the Alabama defense on fourth and 2, the offense would march down the field for a 36-yard Andy Pappanastos field goal (ALA 3 FSU 0) late in the first quarter. FSU would respond with a drive of their own culminating in a 3-yard pass to Auden Tate (ALA 3 FSU 7) which was matched by a 53-yard bomb from Alabama's Jalen Hurts to Calvin Ridley for a touchdown on Alabama's next drive (ALA 10 FSU 3). Both teams would hold the other's offense to minimal production for the rest of the half including a blocked FG attempt by FSU from Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Florida State would open the second half with a promising drive that stalled at midfield after an Alabama sack, after a few possession exchanges, Alabama would find itself in prime position to score after a punt attempt by Florida State was blocked and recovered by Alabama deep in FSU territory. This would culminate in an Andy Pappanastos FG for 25 yards (ALA 13 FSU 7), on the ensuing kick return, Alabama's Dylan Moses would force a fumble recovered by Alabama, and on the first play of Alabama's drive, Damien Harris would score on a rushing touchdown from 11 yards out. Alabama would come away with a successful two-point conversion attempt after the touchdown to go up by two touchdowns (ALA 21 FSU 7), for the rest of the game, the Alabama defense would dominate FSU including picking off two passes by Deondre Francois. Alabama would kick one more field goal late in the game from 33 yards out (ALA 24 FSU 7) to seal the Alabama victory, the Alabama defense held the Seminoles to 40 yards rushing. Bama quarterback Jalen Hurts completed 10 of 17 passes for 96 yards and one touchdown while Damien Harris ran for 73 yards and a touchdown.[14]

Statistics[edit]
Statistic Florida State Alabama
Total Yards 250 269
Passing Yards 210 96
Rushing Yards 40 173
Penalties 4-30 5-30
Turnovers 3 0
Time of Possession 27:13 32:47

Fresno State Bulldogs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fresno State 3 0 0 7 10
No. 1 Alabama 14 14 3 10 41
  • Date: September 9
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 2:35 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 101,127
  • Game weather: 79°, Wind ENE 9 mph, Clear, Sunny
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Adam Amin (play-by-play), Anthony Becht (color), Rocky Boiman (sideline)
  • Sources:

The Tide welcomed Fresno State to Bryant-Denny Stadium for their first home game of the season in what would be a predictable blowout of the talented but outmatched Bulldogs, a team that would go on to play in the Mountain West Championship Game.

Alabama would start the game on offense to begin the first quarter, on the second play of Alabama's opening drive, QB Jalen Hurts would run for a 55-yard touchdown. Alabama would also score a touchdown on their next possession in a 23-yard Jalen Hurts pass to Hale Hentges, and again on the drive after that in a 4-yard Bo Scarbrough run as time expired on the first quarter, during this time, Fresno State would put together a respectable 70 yard drive for a field goal. (ALA 21 FRESNO 3). In the second quarter, Alabama would see a Damien Harris touchdown run from five yards out late in the second quarter while Fresno State would stall on their last possession of the half (ALA 28 FRESNO 3).

In the second half, Alabama would put together a drive which culminated in an Andy Pappanastos FG from 24 yards out in the third quarter before pulling starting QB Jalen Hurts for the backup QB and future CFP National Championship game offensive MVP Tua Tagovailoa. (ALA 31 FRESNO 3). In the fourth quarter, Tua would engineer a field goal and touchdown drive in a 16-yard pass to Henry Ruggs III for Alabama while Fresno State would find the endzone after a 63-yard punt return and 26 yard touchdown pass from QB Chason Virgil to Derrion Grim. (ALA 41 FRESNO 10). The Alabama defense held the Bulldogs to 58 yards rushing while the Tide amassed 305 yards on the ground.

Statistics[edit]
Statistic Fresno State Alabama
Total Yards 274 497
Passing Yards 216 192
Rushing Yards 58 305
Penalties 1-6 4-30
Turnovers 1 0
Time of Possession 29:18 30:42

Colorado State Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado State 0 10 0 13 23
No. 1 Alabama 17 7 14 3 41
  • Date: September 16
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 6:05 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • Game weather: 83°, Partly cloudy, Wind E @ 1mph
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Mark Jones (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (color), Quint Kessenich (sideline)
  • Sources:

Alabama welcomed the (2-1) Colorado State Rams for the second home game of the season who were lead by third year head coach Mike Bobo, although Alabama would win convincingly, this game was marked by several momentum shifts which benefited Colorado State against the Alabama defense (lacking several key starters due to injury) early in the game and at the end of the game during garbage time. Offensively, Alabama would post a strong 487 yards, including passing and rushing touchdowns from Alabama QB Jalen Hurts. Colorado State would go on to post a winning 7-6 Record on the year and finish second in their division within the Mountain West Conference.

Alabama received the ball to start the game and would score on this drive and its next two drives, the first culminated in a Jalen Hurts 27 yard run, the second with a 78-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley, and the third an Andy Pappanastos field goal from 46 yards out (ALA 17 CSU 0). Although the Alabama defense would hold CSU to no points in the first quarter, CSU would engineer two lengthy drives comprising a field goal and touchdown off strong passing proficiency from CSU QB Nick Stevens (ALA 17 CSU 10), the Alabama offense would rally though late in the second quarter wherein Jalen Hurts would find Robert Foster for a 52 passing touchdown. (ALA 24 CSU 10) to effectively end the first half.

In the second half, Nick Stevens would be picked off two times in the third quarter which Alabama would capitalize on in both situations for touchdowns, one in a Bo Scarbrough run for 9 yards for a TD and another in a Damien Harris run for 5 yards for a TD, virtually guaranteeing the Alabama win (ALA 38 CSU 10); in the fourth quarter, the Alabama defense would give up two touchdown drives while the Alabama offense, under the control of backup QB Tua Tagovailoa, would post a field goal to end the game. (ALA 41 CSU 23).

Statistics[edit]
Statistic Colorado State Alabama
Total Yards 391 487
Passing Yards 247 248
Rushing Yards 144 239
Penalties 3-14 4-45
Turnovers 2 0
Time of Possession 33:53 26:07

@ Vanderbilt Commodores[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Alabama 21 10 21 7 59
Vanderbilt 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: September 23
  • Location: Nashville, TN
  • Game start: 2:39 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 40,350
  • Game weather: 88°, Partly Cloudy, Wind NE @ 3 mph
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Allie LaForce (sideline)
  • Sources:

Alabama opened up its SEC schedule with a road game (though 75% of the stadium were Alabama fans[15]) against a (3-0) Vanderbilt Commodores team lead by 4th season head coach, Derek Mason. Vanderbilt came into the game off a ranked win over then AP ranked number 17 Kansas State of the Big 12 conference, the first time since 1946 that Vanderbilt beat an AP ranked non-SEC opponent; in addition, Vanderbilt posted a then top 20 defense and had a team return 16 starters from last season. At the end of the Kansas State game, Vanderbilt stadium erupted in chants of “We want Bama!”, a running gag of sorts within college football at the time.[16] Vanderbilt defensive lineman Nifae Lealao was also interviewed after the Kansas State game, stating “When you come to our house, we show you how to play some SEC ball, it don’t matter where you from…Alabama, you’re next” which was republished throughout the week by various outlets in the lead up to the game.[17][18][19] Alabama would win the game 59-0, post a school record 38 first downs and a school record margin of total offense of 599 yards (677 yards Alabama to Vanderbilt’s 78).

Vanderbilt had the first possession of the game which was intercepted four plays into the drive by Alabama’s Ronnie Harrison, although Alabama would not capitalize on this turnover, on their next four possessions afterwards they would find the endzone for four rushing touchdowns. The first came off a run by Bo Scarbrough from 6 yards out, the second a 61-yard Damien Harris run, the third (off a fumble recovery forced by Anfernee Jennings) a methodical rushing drive culminating in a 2-yard Damien Harris touchdown, and the fourth another rushing drive which ended with a 2-yard rushing touchdown for Bo Scarbrough. (ALA 28 VANDY 0). Alabama would tack on one more field goal in the second quarter and Vanderbilt would be held to very minimal offensive production (ALA 31 VANDY 0).

Alabama opened the second half with a drive consisting largely of the run ending in a 2-yard rushing touchdown for Damien Harris, this drive was the last for starting QB Jalen Hurts who was 9/17 for 78 yards through the air and 48 yards on the ground. After a Vanderbilt 3 and out, Alabama backup QB Tua Tagovailoa would play for the remainder of the game, accounting for two passing touchdowns, one to Jerry Jeudy from 34 yards out and one to DeVonta Smith from 27 yards out. Alabama would tack on one more touchdown with the help of a long passing play to set up a 17-yard run from Brian Robinson Jr. (ALA 59 VANDY 0).

The shift between Hurts and Tagovailoa was marked by a dramatic shift in playcalling and offensive scheme which was representative of the strengths of each quarterback. Drives orchestrated by Hurts tended to use an offensive scheme developed by former OC Lane Kiffin: a hybrid between an option offense for running schemes and a west-coast offense characterized by running veers and horizontal passing attacks. However, the offensive scheme under Tagovailoa resembled a traditional pro-style offense, a scheme that then OC Brian Daboll favored, which emphasize pocket presence, multiple downfield reads, play-action, vertical passing, and between-the-tackles-running, this difference in playcalling would arise down the line as a major factor in Alabama’s come from behind win against Georgia in the 2018 CFP National Championship Game (see Georgia below).

Statistics[edit]
Statistic Alabama Vanderbilt
Total Yards 677 78
Passing Yards 181 38
Rushing Yards 496 40
Penalties 6-40 5-20
Turnovers 0 2
Time of Possession 42:55 17:05

Ole Miss Rebels[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ole Miss 3 0 0 0 3
#1 Alabama 21 14 24 7 66
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 8:10 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • Game weather: 77°, Clear skies, Wind NNE @ 10mph
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color), Holly Rowe (sideline)
  • Sources:

Alabama welcomed the Ole Miss Rebels to Tuscaloosa for Alabama's first intradivisional match-up, although Alabama was heavily favored going into this game, the recent history of this meeting was a tumultuous one for Alabama, having lost to Ole Miss in 2014 and 2015 and narrowly avoiding losing to them in 2016 (Alabama at one point trailed 24 to 3 and required a come from behind victory in the fourth quarter). However 2017 Ole Miss was coached by interim coach Matt Luke and not previous head-coach Hugh Freeze (who coached Ole Miss from 2012 through the 2016 Ole Miss seasons), this was a result of a sudden departure of Hugh Freeze during the off-season who was all but forced to resign when it came to light that, during Ole Miss' more public legal dispute between itself and former Ole Miss Head Coach Houston Nutt, a "concerning pattern" of behavior came to light wherein Ole Miss was made aware of several call logs between Hugh Freeze and a female escort service[20]. As such, Ole Miss was in less of a position (due to off-the-field distractions) to cause Alabama trouble as it had in the past, resulting in an obliterating 66-3 Score.

In the First quarter, Alabama would find the endzone three times. Two of these scores were on offense the first being the result of favorable starting position that culminated in a 6-yard Bo Scarbrough rushing touchdown (ALA 7, MISS 0) and the second a long 85 yard drive comprising a spectacular 60-yard reception from Cam Sims that culminated in a 3-yard Hale Hentges reception, these two scores bookended an interception for a touchdown from Levi Wallace (ALA 21-3). Ole Miss would find the score board off a field goal late in the first from 26-yards out by kicker Gary Wunderlich. (ALA 21 MISS 3). The second quarter, more quiet than the first, included a Jalen Hurts pass to Josh Jacobs from 18-yards out (ALA 28 MISS 3) and another drive off a short field in two back-to-back Jalen Hurts rushes (ALA 35 MISS 3).

As Ole Miss started the game with possession, Alabama would receive the ball to start the second half which would culminate in a beautiful 48-yard kick from JK Scott (ALA 38 MISS 3). By this point, Ole Miss could not generate any form of offense or defense, allowing Alabama to simply pile on drive after drive, including a 4-yard Najee Harris run for a touchdown (ALA 45 MISS 3), then (after a QB exchange and off the back of a 45-yard Josh Jacobs rush) a 3-yard rush from back-up QB Tua Tagovailoa (ALA 52 MISS 3), then (off another Levi Wallace interception) an 8-yard pass from Tagovailoa to Henry Ruggs III (ALA 59 MISS 3), and finally a 91-yard drive lasting over 8 in-game minutes that culminated in a Ronnie Clark 9-yard run (ALA 66 MISS 3). This was Alabama's largest margin-of-victory since 1979. However, in line with the rest of the season, Alabama linebacker D'Shawn Hand would be injured in the third quarter, further depleting Alabama's already sparse defensive backfield.


Statistic Ole Miss Alabama
Total Yards 253 613
Passing Yards 165 248
Rushing Yards 88 365
Penalties 3-30 7-60
Turnovers 2 0
Time of Possession 23:23 36:37

@ Texas A&M Aggies[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Alabama 7 10 7 3 27
Texas A&M 3 0 7 9 19
  • Date: October 7
  • Location: College Station, TX
  • Game start: 6:20 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 101.058
  • Game weather: 89°, Sunny, Wind N @ 6 mph
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color), Holly Rowe (sideline)
  • Sources:
Statistics[edit]
Statistic Alabama Texas A&M
Total Yards 355 308
Passing Yards 123 237
Rushing Yards 232 71
Penalties 6-50 6-45
Turnovers 1 3
Time of Possession 27:32 32:28

Arkansas Razorbacks[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 0 0 3 6 9
#1 Alabama 17 7 7 10 41
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 6:20 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • Game weather: 76°, Cloudy, Wind E @ 5 mph
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color), Maria Taylor (sideline)
  • Sources:
Statistics[edit]
Statistic Arkansas Alabama
Total Yards 227 496
Passing Yards 200 188
Rushing Yards 27 308
Penalties 5-25 6-66
Turnovers 1 2
Time of Possession 29:33 30:27

Tennessee Volunteers[edit]

Third Saturday of October
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 0 7 0 7
#1 Alabama 7 14 10 14 45
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 2:39 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • Game weather: 81°, Mostly Sunny, Wind SE @ 11 mph
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Allie LaForce (sideline)
  • Sources:
Statistics[edit]
Statistic Tennessee Alabama
Total Yards 108 604
Passing Yards 44 332
Rushing Yards 64 272
Penalties 9-81 7-56
Turnovers 2 1
Time of Possession 25:09 34:51

LSU Tigers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 LSU 0 3 7 0 10
#1 Alabama 7 7 7 3 24
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 7:10 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • Game weather: 69°, Partly Cloudy, Wind S @ 1 mph
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Allie LaForce (sideline)
  • Sources:
Statistics[edit]
Statistic LSU Alabama
Total Yards 306 299
Passing Yards 155 183
Rushing Yards 151 116
Penalties 5-30 1-11
Turnovers 1 0
Time of Possession 34:07 25:53

@ Mississippi State Bulldogs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Alabama 7 7 3 14 31
#18 Mississippi State 7 7 7 3 24
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: Starkville, MS
  • Game start: 6:01 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 61,344
  • Game weather: 54°, Clear Skies, Wind ESE @ 2 mph
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (color), Tom Luginbill (sideline)
  • Sources:
Statistics[edit]
Statistic Alabama Mississippi State
Total Yards 444 330
Passing Yards 242 158
Rushing Yards 202 172
Penalties 5-60 4-30
Turnovers 0 0
Time of Possession 21:04 38:56

Mercer Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mercer 0 0 0 0 0
#1 Alabama 14 21 14 7 56
  • Date: November 18
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 11:01 a.m.
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • Game weather: 71°, Cloudy skies, Wind S @ 11 mph
  • Referee: Lee Hedrick
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (color), Cole Cubelic (sideline)
  • Sources:
Statistics[edit]
Statistic Mercer Alabama
Total Yards 161 530
Passing Yards 54 265
Rushing Yards 107 265
Penalties 2-10 1-5
Turnovers 3 2
Time of Possession 34:48 25:12

@ Auburn Tigers[edit]

Iron Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Alabama 0 7 7 0 14
#6 Auburn 7 3 10 6 26
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Auburn, AL
  • Game start: 2:41 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Game weather: 63°, Mostly Cloudy, Wind W @ 6 mph
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Allie LaForce (sideline)
  • Sources:
Statistics[edit]
Statistic Alabama Auburn
Total Yards 314 408
Passing Yards 103 240
Rushing Yards 211 168
Penalties 9-65 4-40
Turnovers 1 1
Time of Possession 23:58 36:02

vs. Clemson Tigers[edit]

Allstate Sugar Bowl- CFP Semifinal
1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Alabama 10 0 14 0 24
#1 Clemson 0 3 3 0 6
  • Date: January 1, 2018
  • Location: New Orleans, LA
  • Game start: 8:01 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 72,360
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Land Clark
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color), Holly Rowe (sideline) and Laura Rutledge (Sideline)
  • Sources:

During the Final Selection Day by the College Football Playoff committee held on December 3, 2017, Alabama was selected over the only other serious contender the Ohio State Buckeyes for inclusion in the CFP at number 4, this decision was controversial for some media outlets and commentators.[21][22][23]

Going into this game Alabama was likely looking to avenge losing on the last play of the game during the 2016 College Football National Championship Game against Clemson[according to whom?] and to prove they belonged in the CFP after their controversial inclusion. At the beginning of the game, Alabama won the coin toss and elected to defer their choice to the second half, the game was marked throughout the game by strong defensive performances by both Clemson and a healthy, rejuvenated Alabama defense. During the middle of the first quarter, Alabama had an opportunity in the red zone stalled and settled for a 24-yard field goal from kicker Andy Pappanastos (AL 3 - CLEM 0), after another 3 and out by Clemson, Alabama would, with great field position, drive down the field which culminated in a 12-yard pass from QB Jalen Hurts to Calvin Ridley (AL 10 - CLEM 0). Clemson, however would respond in the second quarter with a drive which ended with a 44-yard FG from Clemson kicker Alex Spence(AL 10 - CLEM 3). Defensive performances by both teams would keep this score the same going into the half.

In the Second half, Alabama would receive the ball but uncharacteristically fumbled deep in their own territory on a muffed handoff between QB Jalen Hurts and RB Damien Harris. A strong Alabama defensive response would limit this turnover to a 42-yard Alex Spence FG (AL 10 - CLEM 6), after an Alabama three and out, a promising Clemson drive would be cut short when Clemson QB Kelly Bryant was tackled as he threw the ball causing it to wobble into the arms of Alabama defensive tackle Daron Payne for an interception. Alabama would capitalize on this momentum with a drive into the Clemson redzone, where, on second and goal, Alabama would bring in their goal line set which includes Payne as a downhill blocker fullback. However, instead of running Payne up the middle, he would roll out for a 1-yard reception from Jalen Hurts (AL 17- CLEM 6) in what is affectionately known as a "big man touchdown", on the first play of Clemson's next drive, Kelly Bryant's intended pass to Deon Cain was deflected by Alabama's Levi Wallace into the arms of Mack Wilson for an interception returned for a touchdown (ALA 24 CLEM 6). The Alabama defense would control Clemson for the remainder of the 3rd and 4th quarter, ending the game (ALA 24 CLEM 6).

Statistics[edit]
Statistic Alabama Clemson
Total Yards 261 188
Passing Yards 120 124
Rushing Yards 141 64
Penalties 2-10 4-29
Turnovers 1 2
Time of Possession 32:11 27:49

vs. Georgia Bulldogs[edit]

CFP National Championship
1 2 3 4 OT Total
#4 Alabama 0 0 10 10 6 26
#3 Georgia 0 13 7 0 3 23
  • Date: January 8, 2018
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Game start: 8:19 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 77,430
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Dan Capron
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color), Maria Taylor & Tom Rinaldi (sideline)
  • Sources:

By virtue of Alabama's win in the CFP Semi-final in the Sugar Bowl over Clemson and Georgia's overtime win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, Alabama and Georgia, who did not play during SEC play, would be slated to play on January 8, 2018 in the Mercedes-Benz Dome in Atlanta, Georgia for the 2018 College Football National Championship Game. This game marked the first time ex-Defensive Coordinator for Alabama Kirby Smart, head coach of Georgia would face off against his mentor Nick Saban.

To start the game Alabama would win the coin toss and elect to defer, on Georgia's opening drive, Alabama's Tony Brown would intercept a pass intended for Georgia's Riley Ridley (younger brother of Alabama's Calvin Ridley). Alabama would use this momentum to get Andy Pappanastos in a position for a 40-yard field goal which he would shank badly to the left, this would be Alabama's only meaningful offensive production for the entire half. On the Georgia side, Georgia QB Jake Fromm utilized a very effective balanced offensive to stress an increasingly exhausted Alabama defense (due to a combination of abysmal offensive production by Alabama and excellent, preternatural play from the Georgia offense), during the middle of the first, on third and 20 the Alabama defense would be gashed by Georgia's Sony Michel for 26 yards to get within FG range. The Alabama defense though tightened up and held Georgia to a completed 41 yard FG from Georgia's Rodrigo Blankenship (AL 0 GA 3), after another Alabama 3 and out, Georgia would again march down the field to the Alabama redzone where, again, Alabama held Georgia to only a completed FG attempt of 27 yards (AL 0 GA 6). Alabama and Georgia would trade minimal drives until Georgia gained possession of the ball with 1:12 left in the half, this drive, which included a strong QB run from Jake Fromm, ultimately capitalized on a tired and frustrated Alabama defense for a 1-yard run for a TD by Georgia Mecole Hardman (AL 0 GA 13). Alabama would get one play left to end the half, which was used to kneel the ball.

Alabama would receive the ball to start the half, with one significant modification of personnel: benching the 2 year starting QB Jalen Hurts for true freshman phenom from Hawaii Tua Tagovailoa. Though Alabama would not see an immediate benefit (their first drive going for a three and out), Tua would, during the course of the game, almost single-handedly resurrect a rudderless Alabama offense and become offensive MVP of the game.

After holding Georgia to a three and out, a reinvigorated Alabama offense would face a 3rd and 7 situation near midfield where Tua would elude four unblocked defenders in the backfield for an Alabama first down. Capturing the momentum, Alabama then sealed the drive with a 6-yard strike from Tua to Henry Ruggs III (AL 7 GA 13). Four plays into Georgia's next drive, Fromm would throw, on third and long, an 80-yard pass to Mecole Hardman for a touchdown (AL 7 GA 20) negating Alabama's gain. Worse yet for Alabama, Tua, on an ill-advised pass on Alabama's next possession, would be picked off deep in their own territory, at the brink of collapse, Alabama would receive a godsend on the very next play in a deflected Jake Fromm pass for an Alabama interception by Raekwon Davis. Using this sudden turnover, Alabama would drive into FG range with a 43 Yard Andy Pappanastos field goal (AL 10 GA 20). Alabama and Georgia would trade minimal drives to end the third quarter, on Georgia's first drive of the fourth, the beleaguered Alabama defense would once more stand tall and allow Alabama to get the ball back. During Alabama's first drive of the fourth another freshman phenom, RB Najee Harris, would aid the Alabama offense for another completed FG from 30 yards (AL 13 GA 20), after a Georgia stop, Alabama would again drive down the field and on fourth down and four deep in Georgia territory elect to go for the touchdown instead of kick another field goal. This pass from Tua was completed into triple coverage to Calvin Ridley for a 7-yard touchdown (AL 20 GA 20), the Alabama defense, tired and exhausted would one more time prove their mettle and hold Georgia to a three and out. Alabama, in prime position with 2:50 left in the game, drove down the field and set up what would potentially be a game winning field goal with three seconds left on the clock. However, Andy Pappanastos, with foreshadowings of his first shanked kick of the game, would miss wide left from 36 yards out, sending the game into overtime.

Alabama, again, won the coin toss in overtime and elected to play defense, for the last time, the Alabama defense would stand tall with a Terrell Lewis sack of Jake Fromm for a 13-yard loss. Despite the distance, stellar kicking for 51 yards from Rodrigo Blankenship would put Georgia up. (AL 20 GA 23). On Alabama's first play of their drive, Tua, showing his inexperience, attempted to outmaneuver two unblocked defenders in the backfield instead of throwing the ball away putting Alabama back 16 yards, with everything on the line, instead of trying to get some of the yards back, Alabama elected to run what it calls Seattle,[24] a play designed for long passes. Tua, recognizing Cover II in the back, shifted the safety as far to the middle of the field as he could with his eyes,[25] and then immediately threw a pass to freshman DeVonta Smith for 41 yards and the game-winning touchdown (AL 26 – GA 23), this was Alabama's 17th claimed national championship, 11th AP National Championship, and fifth in nine years for Head Coach Nick Saban.

Statistics[edit]
Statistic Alabama Georgia
Total yards 371 365
Passing yards 187 232
Rushing yards 184 133
Penalties 6-41 6-65
Turnovers 1 2
Time of possession 26:17 33:43

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 1 (52) 1 (60) 1 (58) 1 (45) 1 (52) 1 (44) 1 (43) 1 (61) 1 (61) 1 (59) 1 (56) 1 (57) 1 (58) 5 4 1 (57)  
Coaches 1 (49) 1 (60) 1 (58) 1 (59) 1 (59) 1 (59) 1 (57) 1 (63) 1 (64) 1 (65) 1 (64) 1 (63) 1 (63) 5 4 1 (62)  
CFP Not released 2 2 1 1 5 4 Not released

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Offense[edit]

Defense[edit]

Key: POS: Position, SOLO: Solo Tackles, AST: Assisted Tackles, TOT: Total Tackles, TFL: Tackles-for-loss, SACK: Quarterback Sacks, INT: Interceptions, PD: Passes Defended, FF: Forced Fumbles, FR: Fumbles Recovered, BLK: Kicks or Punts Blocked, SAF: Safeties

Special teams[edit]

Scores by quarter (all opponents)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
All opponents 16 27 31 38 112
Alabama 135 118 121 81 455

Scores by quarter (SEC opponents)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SEC opponents 13 10 31 18 72
Alabama 87 69 79 58 293

Awards and Honors[edit]

Post-season finalists and winners[edit]

Minkah Fitzpatrick (finalist)
Brian Daboll (finalist)
Minkah Fitzpatrick (finalist and winner)
Nick Saban (finalist and winner)
Minkah Fitzpatrick (finalist and winner)
J.K Scott (finalist)
Bradley Bozeman (finalist)
Minkah Fitzpatrick (finalist)

All-American Voting from Major Selectors[edit]

Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), The Sporting News (TSN), Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF)

  • Offensive Selection
Bradley Bozeman - Center (AP, AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, TSN Second Team)
Jonah Williams - Guard (AFCA Second Team, AP Third Team)
  • Defensive Selection
Daron Payne - Defensive Lineman (AFCA Second Team)
Minkah Fitzpatrick - Defensive Back (Unanimous First Team Selection)
Rashaan Evans - Linebacker (AFCA First Team)
  • Special Teams Selection
J.K Scott - Punter (AFCA Second Team)

All-SEC Selections[edit]

The Crimson Tide had twelve players honored as members of the first or second team 2017 SEC All-Conference team as listed by either the AP poll or the Coaches Poll of the Southeastern Conference, the selections are listed below for each poll (AP and Coaches).

  • Offensive Selection
Bradley Bozeman - Center (AP First Team, Coaches Second Team)
Calvin Ridley - Wide Receiver (Consensus First Team)
Jonah Williams - Offensive Tackle (Consensus First Team)
Ross Pierschbacher - Guard (AP First Team)
  • Defensive Selection
Daron Payne - Defensive Tackle (AP First Team, Coaches Second Team)
Da'Shawn Hand - Linebacker (Coaches Second Team)
Levi Wallace - Cornerback (AP Second Team)
Minkah Fitzpatrick - Safety (Consensus First Team)
Raekwon Davis - Defensive Lineman (AP Second Team, Coaches First Team)
Rashaan Evans - Linebacker (AP First Team, Coaches Second Team)
Ronnie Harrison - Safety (AP First Team, Coaches Second Team)
  • Special Teams Selection
JK Scott (AP second team, Coaches First Team)

Midseason Awards[edit]

Senior Bowl[edit]

The following players were invited to participate in the 2018 Senior Bowl:

Bradley Bozeman
Da'Shawn Hand
JK Scott
Levi Wallace

Departing Alabama Players participating in the NFL Draft Combine[edit]

2018 NFL Combine Participants
Grade POS HT WT Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
5.8 Anthony Averett DB 6'0" 185 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
Tony Brown DB 6'0" 198 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
6.27 Rashaan Evans LB 6'3" 234 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
6.5 Minkah Fitzpatrick DB 6'1" 201 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
Robert Foster WR 6'2" 196 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
Joshua Frazier DL 6'4" 315 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
5.19 Shaun Dion-Hamilton LB 6'0" 233 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
5.73 Da'Shawn Hand DL 6'4" 289 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
6.2 Ronnie Harrison DB 6'3" 214 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
6.68 Daron Payne DL 6'2" 308 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
7.04 Calvin Ridley WR 6'1" 190 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
5.64 Bo Scarbrough RB 6'1" 232 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
5.5 JK Scott P 6'6" 204 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref
5.35 Levi Wallace DB 6'0 183 Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref

per NFL[26]

† Top performer

Departing Alabama Players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft[edit]

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas from April 26 through April 28, 2018. The following Alabama players were either selected or signed as free agents following the draft.

Media Affiliates[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The AP Top 25 Poll". AP.org. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  2. ^ http://www.footballfoundation.org/tabid/567/Article/56039/Alabama-Recognized-as-2017-NFF-MacArthur-Bowl-Recipient.aspx
  3. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com 2017 Team Recruiting Rankings". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Scout.com College Football Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "2017 Football Recruiting Team Rankings". 247sports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Football Class Rankings - ESPN". Insider.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  7. ^ 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Media Guide, p. 2
  8. ^ "Alabama Football Announces 2017 Schedule". Alabama Athletics. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Alabama Football 2017 Schedule". Alabama Athletics. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/1/27/14403628/florida-state-alabama-2017-game-rankings
  11. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2017/09/01/no-1-alabama-vs-no-3-florida-state-in-an-epic-opener/105186508/
  12. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2017/07/12/alabamas-offseason-goal-dont-waste-a-failure/103637694/
  13. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/alabama-florida-state-a-dud-as-only-one-team-showed-glimmer-of-a-title-contender/
  14. ^ "Florida State vs. Alabama - Game Recap - September 2, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-09-05. 
  15. ^ https://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/vanderbilt/2017/09/23/alabama-football-taking-over-vanderbilt-stands-among-best-worst-crushing-loss-nick-saban/691684001/
  16. ^ https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/10/25/16516318/we-want-bama-signs-meme-meaning
  17. ^ http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2017/09/vanderbilt_defensive_lineman_a.html
  18. ^ https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/alabama-football/watch-vanderbilts-nifae-lealao-calls-tide-alabama-youre-next/
  19. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/vanderbilt-dl-kansas-state-win-alabama-youre-next-182617082.html
  20. ^ https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/07/20/hugh-freeze-ole-miss-resigns-matt-luke-interim-head-coach
  21. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/columnist/dan-wolken/2017/12/03/college-football-playoff-committee-got-wrong-alabama-brand-loyalty-only/917333001/
  22. ^ "Alabama in the Playoff Over Ohio State: The Day College Football Died". TheBigLead.com. December 3, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Skip Bayless: Ohio State was 'all-time robbed' with Alabama winning spot in College Football Playoff". SECCountry.com. December 4, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Alabama won the national championship over Georgia on a play called … "Seattle"?". SeattleTimes.com. January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Tua Tagovailoa describes what he saw on final play, what it means to be a national champion". SaturdayDownSouth.com. January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  26. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/participants