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Past articles by Cecil:

Record-setting day in Alabama win over Ole Miss

On the one hand, all No. 2-ranked Alabama needed Saturday was Tua Tagovailoa throwing to DeVonta Smith.On the other hand, the Crimson Tide needed more of → Read More

Awareness has served Alabama's Surtain well

Even though he came in as one of the most highly touted recruits in the nation in 2018, University of Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II was willing to stay humble and wait his turn at playing time in a veteran rotation.It took one play against Ole Miss to make that happen. In Alabama’s SEC opener in Oxford, Mississippi, the Rebels connected on a lightning strike, a 75-yard touchdown pass… → Read More

Alabama basketball practice begins, a few players out with injuries

Things weren’t entirely new for the University of Alabama men’s basketball team on Tuesday as it officially opened practice for the 2019-2020 season with the exception of the head coach.Nate Oats, who was hired as the Crimson Tide’s head coach in April, led the team through a two-hour workout at the Crimson Tide practice facility but wasn’t really dealing with unfamiliar faces. Relaxed NCAA… → Read More

Alabama sails past South Carolina with strong passing game

COLUMBIA, S.C. | The results were the same on Saturday as No. 2 Alabama rolled to its 25th consecutive win against an SEC East Division team, passing South Carolina silly in a 47-23 win at Williams-Brice Stadium. But the route was more circuitous than the usual Crimson Tide victory of recent vintage.The Crimson Tide didn’t dominate in any area except the passing game, powered by Tua Tagovailoa… → Read More

Alabama whips New Mexico State with strong start

There were plenty of positives at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday. There were big plays by the Alabama offense. The defense shut down visiting New Mexico → Read More

First game eye-opening for Alabama's DeVonta Smith

The Alabama-Duke game was well into the third quarter last Saturday, but DeVonta Smith finally found his way into familiar territory.The south end zone of Mercedes Benz Stadium wasn’t quite home, sweet home for Smith but it is the patch of artificial turf where he made college football history as a freshman, catching the game-winning pass from Tua Tagovailoa in overtime as Alabama defeated… → Read More

After brief stumble, Alabama pours it on to rout Duke

ATLANTA | For a quarter, the nightmares seemed real.Turnovers. Costly penalties. Suspensions. A season-opening three-and-out. No points. Not anarchy, → Read More

Alabama's Giles Amos doesn't mind being 'Trailer Park Jesus'

The heat was grueling. The demands were tremendous. Then Giles Amos heard a voice from above.The voice may not have been divine. More likely, it was → Read More

Alabama's defensive line taking shape

For the first time since Alabama opened its fall football camp in early August, the Crimson Tide has been able to work with what appears to be the → Read More

Heat pushes Alabama football practice indoors

You couldn’t see the X-factor at Alabama’s Tuesday football practice, but you could definitely feel it.With temperatures in the high → Read More

Alabama defensive tackle back at practice, plus a new look at stadium

The predominant storyline at University of Alabama football practice this week has been injury-related roster attrition, so Nick Saban had to feel better → Read More

Injuries give others opportunity to shine for Alabama

The University of Alabama’s first scrimmage heading into the 2019 season left some shuffling — in part because of injuries and also → Read More

Big changes for Alabama football in 2020 schedule

There are some major changes to the usual SEC schedule routine for Alabama football in 2020.In addition to a rotating game against SEC East Power Georgia → Read More

Raekwon Davis wants to make bigger impact in 2019

Sometimes it comes down to the largest players doing the smallest things.That’s the way Raekwon Davis sees things from his 6-foot-7 → Read More

Alabama football near full strength for practice

The University of Alabama football team put on extra equipment just in time for extra heat at Monday’s practice, working in shells (shoulder pads) for the first time.The Crimson Tide continued to be at near full-strength but three players — tight end Miller Forristall (foot), defensive end LaBryan Ray (foot) and defensive back Nigel Knott (undisclosed medical) — continued to be out of… → Read More

Talented group of receivers returning for Alabama

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth installment in a series looking ahead to the start of Alabama football fall practice. Today, we look at the wide → Read More

Chemistry the key for Alabama's offensive line

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth installment in a series looking ahead to the start of Alabama football fall practice. Today, we look at the offensive → Read More

Jerry Jeudy continues run of elite receivers at Alabama

The line of University of Alabama receiving stars stretches far back beyond Jerry Jeudy, all the way to the original “greatest end ever,” NFL Hall of Farmer Don Hutson.Jeudy’s acquaintances, of course, don’t go so far. But it has been a particular hallmark of Nick Saban’s Alabama teams to have singularly gifted pass catchers, starting with Julio Jones and going on to include Amari Cooper, Calvin… → Read More

Alabama basketball player Kira Lewis returns triumphant from World Cup championship

For University of Alabama point guard Kira Lewis, who will be a focal point for the 2019-20 men’s basketball team, a gold medal-winning trip with → Read More

Preseason magazines make their picks for top dogs of college football

Summer is firecrackers and boating, vacation and heat. Lots and lots of heat. It is also the gateway to college football season and, as such, it is the → Read More