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01/11/18 - National champion Alabama is losing four more underclassmen to the NFL draft, including All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, safety Ronnie Harrison and tailback Bo Scarbrough announced Thursday they're skipping their senior seasons. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne is also entering the draft. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley already had announced his departure. Fitzpatrick is a unanimous All-American who won the Bednarik Award and Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive player and defensive back, respectively. Harrison led the team in tackles and had three interceptions. Payne was a key run-stopper in the middle and also had an interception and touchdown catch in the semifinal win over Clemson. Scarbrough ran for 596 yards and eight touchdowns. - AP College Football
01/09/18 - Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth. The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel after its 26-23 overtime win on Monday night. UCF received the other four and finished with the best ranking in the history of the program. The Knights are the first bowl-eligible team to finish the season undefeated and not win a national title since TCU in 2010. Ohio State was 12-0 in 2012, but banned from the postseason by the NCAA.
Georgia finished second, its best ranking since 2007, and Oklahoma was third, followed by Clemson and Ohio State. The AP national championship is the 11th for the Crimson Tide, three more than any other school, and fifth under coach Nick Saban since 2009. Saban joins the late Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant as the only coaches with five AP titles. Alabama is the first preseason No. 1 to finish No. 1 since Southern California in 2004 and the 11th overall. For the fourth time, two teams from the same conference finished Nos. 1 and 2. The last three times it has happened involved Southeastern Conference teams at the top (2007, 2011 and now 2017). - AP College Football
01/06/18 - DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, who suffered a kidney injury in last week's victory over Clemson, said he's definitely playing in Monday night's national title game against Georgia. "I'm feeling great," he said at a press conference Saturday. "I have two kidneys functioning at full function. I'm good." Fitzpatrick said he suffered the injury in the first quarter of the 24-6 win over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, finishing the game while playing in pain. He went to the hospital on Tuesday and was held out of a practice before returning to the field Thursday.
12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama,...Junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and sophomore defensive lineman Raekwon Davis were first-team selections on defense. Sophomore offensive lineman Jonah Williams and junior receiver Calvin Ridley received first-team honors on offense while senior punter JK Scott was tabbed as the first-team punter. The first-team honors are the third for Scott (2014, 2016) and second for Fitzpatrick (2016). Ridley was a second-team selection in 2015 and 2016. Fitzpatrick is the Tide's fifth-leading tackler with 52 stops this season and has added six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a blocked kick through 12 games in 2017. - Alabama Football
12/07/17 - 2017 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WINNER: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama,...Already regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the nation, Fitzpatrick is the Tide's fifth-leading tackler with 52 stops this season and has added six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a blocked kick through 12 games in 2017. - Alabama Football