How freshman Will Anderson is giving Alabama the pass rush spark it needs

The moment that Will Anderson stepped on campus in Tuscaloosa as a true freshman from Hampton, Ga., the buzz started. It got stronger and stronger, even without spring practice. By the time the season arrived, it wasn’t all that surprising that the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder had earned a starting role on the Alabama defense. You can […]

Alabama’s pass rush conundrum: How effective has it really been?

Is the glass half empty or half full? As with a lot of things, it depends on your perspective. Is Alabama’s pass rush effective or ineffective? Well, it depends on your perspective, how you interpret stats and which stats you value most. Here are the facts. Form your own opinion. Alabama ranks 12th in the […]

How Nick Saban’s change of philosophy turned the SEC into a passing league

Asked last week about his team and his conference’s many poor defensive showings thus far, LSU coach Ed Orgeron used a phrase to describe SEC offenses that would have seemed wildly incongruous up until very recently.  “This is a league where it’s like basketball on grass now,” he said. Click here to red the rest […]

Alabama’s biggest preseason question: Is the run defense ready to bounce back?

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the 2020 college football season is evolving. This story is part of a series examining programs’ biggest on-field questions as preseason camps open. When the final chapter of the 2019 Alabama season was written, how could the takeaway have been anything other than a missed opportunity? That may seem harsh […]

The most important Alabama players: No. 8, DeVonta Smith

With all the projections about what lies ahead for Alabama’s season, there is one area in which there are no question marks. That’s the offense. That’s no surprise, given that Alabama has arguably the best offensive line in college football, a running back who ended 2019 playing the best football of his career and two […]

Seven stats for 2020: Key numbers that could define the season for Alabama

Nick Saban is going into his 14th season as head coach at Alabama. He’s attempting to win his sixth national championship during his tenure at Alabama. He’s replacing one on-the-field assistant coach and one off-the-field coach. The Crimson Tide are looking to improve on the two losses they suffered, the first time they lost more […]

Inside the numbers: How concerning are Alabama’s problems on defense?

In this week’s Suttles Thoughts, I attempted to answer the question on everyone’s mind: What’s wrong with the Alabama defense? Actually, I attempted to provide possible reasons why this year’s defense is struggling, at least according to Nick Saban’s exacting standards. I offered up the fact the offense has morphed into one of the most […]

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