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Draft Scout Minkah Fitzpatrick News
10/10/17 - One of the best prospect matchups of the weekend came in the Texas A&M-Alabama game when Aggies junior WR Christian Kirk (5-11, 200, 4.39, #3) lined up across from Crimson Tide DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (6-0, 201, 4.52, #29). Lining up almost exclusively in the slot, Kirk finished with four catches for 52 yards and one very impressive touchdown catch along the sideline in the end zone. But when facing Fitzpatrick, he struggled to find success as the talented Alabama defensive back flashed his instincts and athleticism in coverage. Fitzpatrick has excellent route anticipation with impressive secondary speed to close and make plays at the catch point. Kirk did get the best of Fitzpatrick on one play when he ran a hard inside route from the slot, enticing Fitzpatrick to bite on the dig before bursting back outside where Kellen Mond delivered a strike for the 25-yard gain. But overall, Fitzpatrick did his job and once again displayed the skill-set that will make him a top-10 pick next April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/09/17 - OCT 9 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama...All-America junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick seemed to be everywhere in a 27-19 win at Texas A&M...He lived up to the billing as one of the most versatile defenders in the nation, playing safety, cornerback, nickel corner and the money (dime linebacker) position...He accounted for five tackles, two tackles for loss (-3 yards), forced one fumble and an interception...His interception thwarted an Aggies' drive at the one-yard line and helped the Tide maintain a two touchdown advantage early in the fourth quarter...Fitzpatrick also added a pass breakup and help hold the Aggies to 143 yards below their season average. - SEC Football
10/07/17 - It was not flashy, and at times it was not even pretty for top-ranked Alabama, but the Crimson Tide notched another SEC road win, this time at Texas A&M. Alabama staked itself to a three-touchdown lead in the third quarter and staved off an Aggies comeback attempt to claim a 27-19 victory on Saturday night at Kyle Field. The Aggies threatened to turn a momentum boost in the fourth quarter into a dramatic upset when walk-on linebacker Cullen Gillaspia blocked a punt in the Crimson Tide end zone with a little more than 10 minutes left. The ball rolled out of bounds for a safety and Texas A&M had cut Alabama's lead to 24-12. However, the Crimson Tide defense came up with the deciding plays on the Aggies' ensuing possession.
Alabama defensive end Quinnen Williams and linebacker LaBryan Ray each sacked Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond for a combined 18 yards, squashing the Aggies' chance to build on their momentum. The Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) sacked Mond four times in all and won the turnover battle 3-1 paving the way for the win. The Alabama offense successfully ran more than four minutes off the clock late in the fourth quarter with a 10-play, 52-yard drive. Kicker Andy Pappanastos capped it with a 44-yard field goal that put the Crimson Tide ahead by 15 points with 2:09 left. Mond ran 1 yard for a touchdown with 17 seconds remaining, but Minkah Fitzpatrick recovered the ensuing onside kick for Alabama. - The Sports Xchange
08/15/17 - DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, a returning consensus All-American, has practiced at every spot in the Alabama secondary during camp. He has lined up at corner, safety, star (nickel back) and money (a sixth defensive back who replaces the middle linebacker in some formations). Where he ends up in the starting lineup likely depends on where he is needed most after the coaches see how other defensive backs are stepping up at their respective positions.
07/17/17 - Three-time defending champion Alabama is picked to win the Southeastern Conference title again in a preseason media poll. Alabama was the preseason choice of 217 of the 243 people who cast ballots at this week's SEC Media Days. The only other school to receive as many as 10 votes was Auburn with 11. The predicted order of finish in the Western Division was Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Mississippi. Georgia's the favorite in the Eastern Division. Following Georgia in order were Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Missouri. The media have correctly picked the SEC champion two of the last three years, but only four times in the last 20 years. Alabama also had a record 10 first-team picks on the media's preseason all-SEC team. - AP College Football