Thursday Briefing: NFL scouts favor Alabama over others, Clay Travis is a douche update, Tide ranks #7 & more

NFL Draft Story on Alabama and the First Round

NFL Draft Story on Alabama and the First Round


Need a message to sell recruits while working against SEC rivals? Alabama has several solid messages in its arsenal and an NFL.com story highlights one of the biggest Alabama advantages: a pathway to the NFL.

According to NFL.com, “The former NFL head coach runs his program like a pro team, so scouts tend to favor Crimson Tide players due to their extensive preparation. From understanding the nuances of film study to executing a game plan that mirrors the complexities of a pro call sheet, Alabama players have routinely been able to make immediate contributions as rookies because the game is not too big for them at the NFL level. This was confirmed in a conversation with Marcell Dareus last fall, when he attributed his rookie success to learning how to prepare as a pro under Saban.”

For more about the five potential first round draft picks from Alabama including Trent Richardson, Courtney Upshaw, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and Dont’a Hightower, check out the NFL.com piece.

Alabama ranked #7 dual sport school
Matt Hayes of the Sporting News composed a list of the ten best NCAA football and basketball programs. SEC power Florida topped the list with Alabama at #7 and the only other SEC program in the top ten.

What does the future hold? Hayes provides a glimpse, “The future: How much potential is there? The Tide could jump all the way to No.1 if Grant does what most think he will—and if Nick Saban continues to dominate all things college football.” (Click here for the entire story and more about Alabama.)

Clay Travis is a douche update
Here is your daily Clay Travis is a douche update via IBCR.

According to IBCR, Clay Travis treated Kentucky reporter Matt Jones shabbily on the airwaves when Jones was a guest on Travis’ Nashville radio show. According to tweets posted at IBCR, Matt Jones said this of Travis, “Last time I will do that,” Jones said via his Twitter account. “Nashville, you can have him. Good part about doing show with [Clay Travis]? I now know what it’s like to be cut off and not allowed to speak. I will adjust accordingly.”

Alabama practiced in pads Wednesday
According to UA, “The Alabama football team held its seventh practice of the spring Wednesday in full pads with a two-hour workout at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility. It was the fourth day in full pads for the 2012 Crimson Tide as the continued spring drills.”

Brisbane, Australia native Jessie Williams spoke to the press about his work at nose for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

“It isn’t too bad, I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help out,” said Williams. “It’s a bit more of close quarters with a lot of people, there’s a lot more crunching with people rather than just going with the tackle or the guard. It’s nothing too serious; I’m just trying to do everything I can to help out… We (Chapman) have two different body types, so I’m going to do as best I can to fit my body, run around and fit blocks and do whatever I can to help.”

Tuberville wants civil suit dismissed

KJTV of Lubbock reports, Texas Tech Coach Tommy Tuberville asked an Alabama federal court to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him.

According to the report, the attorneys for the former Auburn football coach contend, “the lawsuit “does not contain any facts, explanations or specific allegations against the coach.”

According to the report, Tuberville claims he lost $450,000 invested in the fund. You can read background on the case here.