TUSCALOOSA — DeVonta Smith has caught passes from three quarterbacks during his Alabama career. Tua Tagovailoa was the fifth overall pick by Miami in the NFL draft in April, while Jalen Hurts was a second-round pickup by Philadelphia.
TUSCALOOSA — The legend of Brian Branch at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia, started on his first play: a 48-yard punt return, two yards away from a touchdown. He was a freshman.
TUSCALOOSA — Even in seasons when it lost a regular-season game, Alabama has been given the benefit of the doubt by the College Football Playoff selection committee. Alabama’s SEC schedule tends to give it the inside track to stacking quality wins needed to make the four-team field despite a loss.
It seems like it was just yesterday that Deonte Brown was playing for the Austin Black Bears and frightening any opposing defenders that would dare cross his path.