Tide’s Stewart has size, speed to fill receiving spot

first_imgAlabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) hauls in a touchdown against Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith (21) in first half action of the A-Day Spring Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday April 18, 2015.Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) hauls in a touchdown against Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith (21) in first half action of the A-Day Spring Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday April 18, 2015.Alabama enters this season having lost its top-three receiving options from a year ago as Amari Cooper, Christion Jones and DeAndrew White have all moved on. That’s a lot of production gone at once. Here’s a look at who projects to line up at the Z-receiver spot (flanker).The Two-DeepArDarius Stewart (6-foot-1, 204 pounds)Parker Barrineau (6-foot, 194 pounds) OR Cam Sims (6-foot-5, 209 pounds)StarterBefore a knee injury sidelined him down the stretch of last season, Stewart was finding a role in Lane Kiffin’s offense. Stewart was White’s backup, and with White battling injuries, Stewart saw an increase in reps. The injury came against Western Carolina as he was on the verge of having his breakout performance. He finished the contest with five catches for 51 yards. On the year, he had 12 catches for 149 yards. Stewart lined up in the backfield and split out wide. He ran plenty of go routes to stretch the defense.With White gone, Stewart seems like an easy choice to replace him. Stewart has the size, speed and hands to be a star receiver for the Tide. He’s also physical enough to block on the edge in the running game, something Tide coach Nick Saban expects all of his receivers to do. Stewart has two years of experience in the system, so there should be nothing holding him back at this point. If he is able to remain healthy for the duration of the season, look for Stewart to put up big numbers.BackupFor his career, Barrineau has seen time in 17 games including 10 last season. Whether or not he plays much, Barrineau is still a valuable asset to the Crimson Tide’s offense on game days. Along with quarterback Alec Morris, Barrineau can be seen on the sideline signaling in the plays for the offense. That level of trust isn’t given to players who don’t have a complete grasp on the entire playbook. Heading into his senior season, Barrineau’s knowledge of the system will be important as he’ll be able to help some of the younger players get up to speed when the coaches aren’t around.Sims would have been competing for a starting spot, but a knee injury this spring will likely sideline him until at least midseason.Summer arrivals2015 signees Calvin Ridley and Daylon Charlot will join the team this summer. Both have an opportunity to earn early playing time. Some recruiting websites ranked Ridley as the top receiver prospect in this class.Quotable“He’s definitely playing faster. It was mental with him. But now he’s got everything down pat, and he can go out there and play fast. He’s a fast guy, he’s physical. I know he really goes up and high points the ball each and every time he needs to.” — Alabama wide receiver Chris Black on ArDarius StewartGo Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps herelast_img read more

Everton player turns scout and gives his backing to transfer

first_imgA year ago Yerry Mina was still a Palmeiras player, about to go through a remarkable twelve months with ups and downs. In the January transfer window, the then 23 year old moved to Barcelona and quickly the Catalan media were on his back. There were tales from training of people being surprised at Mina’s level… it was thought he was nowhere near ready to play for the Spanish club, and there were doubts if he ever would be.Mina had cost Barcelona just under €12m and there was a worry whether they’d be able to get the money back. A loan elsewhere in La Liga was thought to be the best option.Then the World Cup happened, and the defender was one of the stars of the show.After countless transfer rumours he eventually joined Everton for around €30m, and is still trying to find his feet in the Premier League.Barcelona have been looking to add numbers in central defence since and after Mina was their first Colombian, they’ve signed another in Jeison Murillo from Valencia.The pair are friends, and showing there’s no hard feelings, Mina has spoken to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo to give his own backing to the transfer, and a scouting report: “He is a very technical player, he likes to go out with the ball, he is very clear and he delivers the ball very well. He is quick, he goes well to the tackle and is good with his head.”Murillo will hope he’s not as easily cast aside as his friend. If he is, maybe Barca can look towards Everton again.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must Have.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題Undolast_img read more

QPR will make ‘every effort’ to keep in-demand Austin, insists Ramsey

first_imgQueen Park Rangers boss Chris Ramsey has claimed the club will make “every effort” to keep Charlie Austin, though admits the in-demand striker will want to stay in the Premier League.England international Austin took his impressive goal tally to 18 for the season as the already-relegated Rangers’ miserable season concluded with a 5-1 thrashing at Leicester on Sunday.It came just days after the 25-year-old was called into the Three Lions squad for upcoming games against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.And Ramsey fears his star asset, who director of football Les Ferdinand told talkSPORT is valued a £20million, could leave as he prepares for a significant summer rebuild at Loftus Road.“I would imagine anybody who has scored those goals and is going to the England camp would not be looking elsewhere other than to be playing in the Premier League,” Ramsey said.“He’ll want to play higher [than the Championship] but we’ll make every effort to keep him because he’s somebody that we need.“It’s very difficult to buy strikers of that pedigree to come straight into your team and starting scoring immediately.“That’s what we’re going to need because we must hit the ground running.”Ramsey took temporary charge of the side in February following Harry Redknapp’s resignation, but he oversaw only three wins in 15 matches as QPR finished bottom of the top flight standings and were relegated for the second time in three seasons.The 53-year-old was handed a three-year contract last week but, with the club in negotiations over a probable Football League financial fair play penalty which could be up to £58million, the club’s ambitions remain uncertain“Everybody knows the club is going to be in a rebuilding phase,” Ramsey said.“It’s important people are patient with what we’re going to do with the long-term plan of the club and making sure we’re on a stable footing for a long time.”Asked if he had any idea how many players would be leaving this summer, Ramsey replied: “No, most of it is out of my hands.“I’ll have a discussion with Les [Ferdinand, QPR director of football] and the owners and everybody will know who’s going to be there and who’s not staying quite quickly.“We’ve looked at targets but we know our budget is going to be limited and that’s why patience is going to be important.“We have to see what markets we’re buying from. I would say once we establish that, we’ll be aware if we are going to make that immediate attempt to bounce straight back or whether we’re going to consolidate.” QPR striker Charlie Austin 1last_img read more