TUSKALOOSA, Ala. ̵
Defender Christian Barmore, quarterback Mac Jones, defender Patrick Surtein II and broad-based successor Jalen Waddle have announced they are becoming professionals at a press conference.
“I am very proud of the way these four young men have contributed to the program here, winning two SEC championships and a national championship, as well as extending the seasons by 10 wins in 13 years and finishing in the top 10 in 13 years,” said the head coach. of Crimson Tide Nick Saban during the Zoom call. “All these guys contributed a lot to the team, not only in their performance on the field, but also how they benefited from the principles and values of the program, the leadership they demonstrated with the example they set and the work ethic that the production had. with which they managed to play.
“Each of these guys is about to graduate. Each of them has given me a promise to complete their degree programs. The Mac already has a master’s degree. But we are very proud of the fact that these guys have had great people in the organization.” they were great students, they were all career-oriented and they contributed a lot to their careers as footballers. We are really proud of each of these guys and they will always be part of the University of Alabama and the program here. “
Barmore is actually a sophomore in a red shirt, but after spending three years in college, he is eligible to participate in the project. This season, the defender recorded 37 battles, 9.5 loss battles, 8.0 sacks, six emergency quarterbacks, three breakups and three forced touches. Barmore leads Alabama’s defense in sacks and ranks second in the SEC in the statistics category, while he is sixth in the loss struggle and the league’s lead to forced touch.
Jones, a teenager in a red shirt, had just finished his first full season as a starting quarterback for Tide and what year he was. The native Jacksonville, Florida, threw for 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns and only four interceptions, until he completed 77.4% of his passes. Jones led the nation in passing yards, percentage of completion, passing rating (203.06) and experience yards (11.2), and was also second in missed touchdowns and third in passing yards per game (346.2). The caller won the Johnny Unitas Golden Hand Award and the Davey O’Brien Award this fall.
Surtain was the corner to lock Crimson Tide as a teenager. The former 5-star set has amassed a total of 38 games, 22 solo stops, 3.5 games to lose, 12 assists, three quick quarterbacks and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. Surtain led the SEC in a gap and was tied for the league’s lead in protected passes (13). He was the unanimous All-American and defensive MVP of Alabama’s victory over Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl.
Finally, Waddle will give up his senior year and declare himself in the draft, although he missed eight games with an ankle fracture. In six appearances this season, the electric receiver and returner caught 28 passes for 591 yards and four touchdowns and an average of 21.11 yards per reception. He managed to play in the College Football Playoff title game earlier this week and caught three passes for 34 yards, although he had a hard time cutting his injured ankle.
Earlier Thursday, young red shirt defender Fidarian Mathis announced he would return to Alabama for another season. The deadline for announcing the NFL project is Monday, January 18.
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