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A-Day 2014: Vanilla offense sputters, defense takes big step forward

  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief April 19, 2014   Getting a read on a team through its A-Day performance is a bit like trying to pick the winner of the Daytona 500 based upon a test drive at the local Chevrolet dealership.   Yet, until Alabama actually kicks off the season against West Virginia, […]

  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief April 16, 2014   It may be tax day, but presumptive Alabama draftees are less concerned with taxes and more concerned with stocks.   And we don’t mean of the Dow Jones variety.   Now that pro days have concluded, here’s a brief look at where we projected Alabama’s […]

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief April 4, 2014   Typically, questions surrounding a Nick Saban-coached program in the spring have to do simply with new starters at positions vacated by seniors who have graduated or underclassmen headed to the NFL Draft.   But the 2014 Alabama team will have a more complex set of […]

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief March 13, 2014   One of college football’s greatest attributes is its pre-programmed turnover. At least every five years, teams are guaranteed to have a completely new starting lineup compared to the ones they fielded five years prior.   For Alabama, there will be 12 positions this season changing […]

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief March 5, 2014   The proposed rule change that would have somewhat curtailed hurry-up, no-huddle (HUNH) offenses’ ability to dictate game pace was pulled off the table Wednesday, a day before a rules oversight committee would have voted on its fate.   HUNH coaches had been united in their […]

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Looking back at the Class of 2009

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief March 5, 2014   Over the last four years, TideFans.com and NARCAS have taken a look back at old recruiting rankings, partially as a self-check, but also to see how players had progressed since arriving on campus.   The mark of a “great” class, five years after the fact, […]

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NFL Draft: Combine was a mixed bag for Bama

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief March 1, 2014   As we do each year, TideFans.com takes a look at Alabama’s draft-eligible prospects. For 2014, we’re also branching out a bit to talk about other players, namely fellow SEC players and/or prospects picked to go in the same general range as Alabama’s prospects at their […]

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief March 1, 2014   Whether or not a proposed rule change – one that places restrictions on an offense’s ability to snap the ball quickly – passes in the next few days, one thing seems fairly certain: College football is headed for yet another revision of its clock rules […]

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Rating the SEC recruiting classes

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Feb. 5, 2014   1. Alabama Key signings: OL Cameron Robinson, LB Christian Miller, DE Da’Shawn Hand Underrated: WR Derek Kief, TE Ty Flournoy-Smith Total talent level (Ex, Vg, Av, Fr, Pr): Ex Needs filled: Ex Analysis: Alabama as much as recruited an entire team this cycle, getting players […]

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Tide wraps up another top-rated class

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Feb. 5, 2014   With Nick Saban at the helm of the University of Alabama’s football program, National Signing Day has often seemed to be more about Alabama competing with itself rather than the Crimson Tide competing against other rivals.   In such a comparison, the 2014 class might […]

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