Alabama's annual exodus of players to the National Football League began Thursday as four starters from the Crimson Tide's championship team - quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, defensive lineman Christian Barmore and defensive back Patrick Surtain - announced they would be leaving school early to turn pro.
DeVonta Smith was taken off early in the 2nd half during last night's CFP National Championship against Ohio State University.
"I'm just happy that we won tonight", he said. That didn't lessen his respect for what his alma mater accomplished this year. "Then going into the playoffs and winning". "I think the biggest challenge is [if he] can he sustain in the game. I know they went through a lot to win that championship".
Alabama's DeVonta Smith was a juggernaut this time.
"He's a special player", Shade said. Saban would not commit, but the Alabama coach said Waddle would only play on a limited basis if he plays at all. But he wanted to go in and snap the ball, so we let him do that and I guess he was pretty happy for me. That's kind of what you do in the off-season.
"Unbelievable", Smith said. "We just finished writing our story". Assuming they don't use it as part of a rumored blockbuster trade for the Texans' Deshaun Watson and part ways with Tua Tagovailoa, too, they should consider getting a playmaker for Tagovailoa who can be a great complement to DeVante Parker. Would this make him into a better quarterback?
Smith slammed his helmet in disgust when he was escorted to the locker room and returned to the sideline with his right hand heavily wrapped. "He's just really hard to stop, especially with the way coach Sarkisian moved him around". "They've had to overcome and to persevere so much through this season, and they have done it magnificently". His star player at Pinson this year, Mr. Football contender Ga'Quincy "Kool-Aid" McKinstry, signed with the Tide in December and is already in Tuscaloosa. The Broncos at No. 9 just took Alabama's Jerry Jeudy in the first round previous year and will get Courtland Sutton back.