TUSCALOOSA — Injured Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey might not be 100 percent, but it appears he will be good enough to play in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, as the No. 1 Crimson Tide takes on No. 15 Florida at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Humphrey pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury during last week’s 30-12 win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The sophomore cornerback did not return to the game after leaving in the third quarter and has been limited in practice this week.
While still wearing a hamstring-support apparatus on his right leg, Humphrey appeared to be making progress Wednesday during the media viewing session of practice. For the first time this week, Humphrey was seen participating in contact drills with the rest of the secondary. Following practice, Alabama head coach Nick Saban provided an update on his starting cornerback’s status for Saturday’s game.
“From an injury standpoint, Marlon was able to practice today,” Saban said. “He did pretty well, so I think we’re moving forward with just about everybody getting ready for the game.”
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Humphrey played at cornerback in the Tide’s first-team unit while the secondary was working on drills out of the nickel package. However, he still appeared limited and was not wearing gloves during the practice.
This season, Humphrey has tallied 33 tackles and two interceptions, including one which he returned for a touchdown in Alabama’s opener against Southern Cal. He has also recorded four pass breakups and forced a fumble.
Hurts named finalist for Manning Award
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award given annually to the nation’s top quarterback, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced on Wednesday.
Through 12 games this season, Hurts leads the SEC with a 65.9 completion percentage and has thrown for 2,454 yards and 21 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He is also second on the team in rushing with 840 yards while piling up a team-high 12 touchdowns.
Hurts is the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Crimson Tide since Vince Sutton in 1984 and has already broken a few school records in his first collegiate season. Hurts became the first Alabama player to rush for 100 yards and pass for 300 yards in a single game when he passed for 347 yards and ran for 100 more in a 51-3 game against Mississippi State. His four 100-yard rushing games is the most in a season by an Tide quarterback. Hurts also holds the Alabama single-season record for most rushing yards by a quarterback, topping Steadman Shealy’s mark of 791 yards in 1979.
Heading into this week’s SEC Championship Game against No. 15 Florida, Hurts could set another record, as he sits two touchdowns away from Alabama’s single-season touchdown record of 35 set by Blake Sims in 2014.
The Manning Award is sponsored by the Sugar Bowl and is the only quarterback award that takes into account the candidates’ bowl performance. Joining Hurts as finalists are J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Jake Browning (Washington), Sam Darnold (USC), Luke Falk (Washington State), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Patrick Mahomes II (Texas Tech), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Zach Terrell (Western Michigan) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson).
Allen finalists for two major awards
Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen made the cut for two major awards Wednesday, as he was named a finalists for both the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Allen is one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, given to the nation’s top player. The defensive end joins Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers as the only two defensive players on the list, as quarterbacks Jake Browning (Washington), Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson). Last season, Derrick Henry became Alabama’s first recipient of the award.
Allen is one of four finalists for the Lott Trophy, handed to the nation’s top defender. He joins Peppers, Adoree’ Jackson (Southern Cal), and Weston Steelhammer (Air Force).
Allen leads the Tide with 13 quarterback hurries while also registering 52 tackles, 11.5 for a loss, seven sacks, two pass breakups and a blocked field goal. He has also recovered two fumbles, returning both for touchdowns.
The Walter Camp Player of the Year Award will be announced on Dec. 8, while the Lott Trophy will be announced on Dec. 11.
O-line could win back-to-back Joe Moore Awards
After taking home the Joe Moore Award last year, Alabama’s offensive line is once again up for the honor this season. The Tide’s offensive line was selected as one of three finalists Tuesday for the award given to the nation’s top offensive line unit. Alabama is joined by Iowa and Ohio State as finalists.
Alabama’s line has contributed to a Tide offense that leads the SEC in scoring at 39.4 points per game. Alabama is second in the conference total offense (479.6 yards per game), rushing offense (245.9 yards per game) and yards per rushing attempt (5.7).
The winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 9.